Getting Windows Phone 7.8 update on Nokia Lumia phones

The newest update

A few hours ago today, Microsoft started rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 update for Nokia Lumia devices: 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900. The update provides the following features:

  • Customizable sizes of the tiles
  • Updated splash screen, displaying the new Windows Phone 8 logo
  • Updated icons for some built-in Hubs (Games, Office, Store)
  • 20 accent colors (that is double than before)
  • Dynamic Bing wallpaper and lock screen notifications

Anyhow, Microsoft is releasing Windows Phone updates depending on the carrier and the country. That means, Zune might still show that your phone is up-to-date (“Your phone is up to date“), even some users are already reporting they are getting updates.

Forcing the update

The trick below is not new, as it is not some very big secret either. Just follow the steps below to force the update for your phone:

  1. Disable WiFi and DATA connection on you phone. Alternatively, you can enable flight mode
  2. Connect the phone to computer
  3. Launch Zune (if it was not launched automatically)
  4. Navigate to “SETTINGS” page
  5. Click on “UPDATE
  6. Wait 3-6 seconds
  7. Disconnect your computer from the Internet. Some ways to do that:
    • Unplug network cable
    • Disconnect from WiFi network
    • Disable network adapter (this is the one I was using)
  8. Wait few seconds till a new update is found
  9. Connect back to the Internet
  10. Press “Update” button to do the update

To my understanding the reason this works is because Microsoft is doing some extra (country, carrier etc.) checks once it finds a new update. If those checks fail, you get message that there are no new updates available for you. Now if you disconnect from the Internet at a right moment, those checks are skipped and you are prompted with a new update instead.

Be aware that it might not work on the first try, so you should try few times at least. If it still shows that you are using the most recent version, try waiting a little less before disconnecting the Internet. If it shows it was unable to connect to the internet to check for updates, try waiting more before disconnecting.

Getting 7.10.8858.136 on my own Lumia 800

So, since I was not getting the update automatically earlier today, I did the trick above. After few tries, I got prompted for the following Nokia update:

Nokia Update

After getting it installed (it took a while, because a backup is always made before the first update), the firmware version was upgraded to 1750.0823.8852.12439 with the following two changes:

  • Fixes an issue with app purchases in some regions
  • Changes default sync times for email

Once the update got installed, I applied the trick above again, resulting to the 7.10.8783.12 update :

Windows Phone 7.10.8738.12

Cool, few more improvements:

  • Provides support for phones without physical camera buttons
  • Provides other Windows Phone improvements

Anyhow, it’s still not Windows Phone 7.8, so let’s try again. And here it goes, 7.10.8858.136:

Windows Phone 7.10.8858.136

That’s it. My Nokia Lumia 800 is now running Windows Phone 7.8! Feel free to try the method described above to get WP7.8 on your phone as well. The method is perfectly safe (not like some other methods, requiring you to manually push update CAB files to the phone) since you are using the genuine way for the update.

If you face some issues, feel free to let me know in the comments bellow. You can also write a comment if everything works well for you and you successfully update your phone.

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