How to update the firmware on the Nokia N900

User guides 07:56, 16 Dec 2009

We show you how to update the firmware on the Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 is a new flagship Nseries handset from Nokia, and it is the company's first smartphone to run the Linux-based Maemo operating system.

Because this is a first for Nokia, relatively frequent firmware updates are expected. Fortunately, the N900 is more flexible where OS updates are concerned than any other handset on the market today. In this guide, we'll show you four different ways to update your N900's software.

Always backup all of the data on your device before attempting an update. It is also recommended that you connect your handset to a power source prior to performing any updates.

Over the Air (OTA) Update

  1. From the phone's home screen key in *#0000# or go to Device manager
  2. Select Options then Check for updates
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the update

Update via a Windows PC

  1. Download and install the Nokia Software Updater
  2. Connect your N900 to your PC with the supplied USB cable
  3. Open the Nokia Software Updater application
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to update your device

Update via a Mac

  1. Download the 770Flasher tool
  2. Download the latest available N900 firmware image
  3. Turn the N900 off
  4. Connect the N900 to your computer via USB cable (with the device turned off)
  5. Run the 770Flasher application
  6. Drag the firmware you downloaded in step 2 to the 770Flasher application (you will get an error regarding a USB device not being found, ignore it)
  7. Turn the phone on
  8. The update process will now begin automatically once the N900 boots
  9. You are safe to disconnect your phone from the computer when you see the normal desktop reappear on the N900 display

Update via a Linux PC

  1. Download and extract the Linux Flasher tool
  2. Download the latest available N900 firmware image
  3. Turn the N900 off
  4. Connect the phone to your computer via USB cable (with the device turned off)
  5. Open a Terminal window and run 'sudo ./flasher-3.5 -F -f -R' (you will get an error regarding a USB device not being found, ignore it)
  6. Turn the phone on
  7. The update process will now begin automatically once the N900 boots
  8. You are safe to disconnect your phone from the computer when you see the normal desktop reappear on the N900 display

Adapted from our sister site, Know Your Cell.

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