Downgrade any Nokia Symbian firmware after upgrading to latest firmware

Sometime we upgrade our mobile firmware in anxiety to see latest features available in latest firmware but sometime latest firmware found to have some disappointing features which force us to downgrade to old firmware.

Nokia Symbian firmware do not allow downgrade once you have upgraded to latest firmware.

You can read procedure to Offline flashing Nokia phone to update firmware to give new life to your mobile which is explanation to how to upgrade to latest firmware but by using this procedure we can not flash our mobile with older firmware.

But every human generated machine has some by pass so the Nokia mobiles, Here I am going to present you the way how to downgrade your firmware.

Disclaimer :
1. This article is for education purpose only.
2. I don’t being held responsible to anything can cause damage to your mobile phone. Try it on your own risk.
3. What you have done here can void your Nokia warranty.
If you okay with that disclaimer above let continue. This article well tested on XP SP2 and my Nokia C7.

Preparation : 
1In your PC :
*. Create restore point through Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore. Name it ‘Before flashing’ click create.
*. Remove Nokia PC Suite, Nokia Software Updater, Nokia Care Suite, Nokia Modem Drivers, Nokia Connectivity Drivers through Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs, but DO NOT REMOVE PC Connectivity Solution and Windows – Nokia Modem.
Add/Remove programs
*. Restart your PC.
*. Do not connect your phone before installing Phoenix software.
*. Disable all antivirus, firewall, antispyware, antimalware etc.
*. Disable screen saver.
*. Check C:\Program files\Nokia\Phoenix\Products\ If you have those folder in there delete all.

2. In your mobile phone :
*. Backup all your mobile phone content since all your data will be lost after flashing.
*. If you protect your memory card with password, then remove it.
*. Remove your memory card from your mobile phone.
*. Go to Tools -> Settings -> Security -> Phone and SIM.
Set Pin code request to Off.
Set Autolock period to None.
Set Lock code to default password which is 12345.
Set Lock if SIM changed to No.
*. Uninstall your mobile antivirus.
*. Charge your phone battery to at least 70% and keep charging. Although flashing takes only 7-10 minutes.

Begin Flashing :

if you have read this article Offline flashing Nokia phone to update firmware to give new life to your mobile then downgrading is simply involve following

step by step [e.g. in this case it is C7]

1.Flashing ur C7 with RM-596 version 25.007(N8 firmware)[use Phoenix Service Software 2010]
2.Flashng ur C7 with RM-596 version 11.005(N8 firmware)[use Phoenix Service Software 2010]
3.Flashing ur C7 with the lowest version of ur C7 phone  firmware(C7 firmware)[usePhoenix Service Software 2011]
4.Flashing ur C7 with firmware version u want(C7 firmware)[use Phoenix Service Software 2011]

Lets start now :)

Things you need:

1.- Phoenix_Service_Software_2010_38_5_44210_ and Phoenix_Service_Software_2011.46.002.47246

Phoenix Service Software 2010

Phoenix Service Software 2011

2.- RM-596 version 25.007 and RM-596 version 11.005 from N8

RM-596 version 25.007

RM-596 version 11.005

3.- RM-XXX – VERSION LOWEST,  lowest version of your mobile, where XXX mean RM version of your mobile ( NOT OF N8 )

4.- RM-XXX –  VERSION You want,  Version of your mobile which you want to flash to your mobile, where XXX mean RM version of your mobile ( NOT OF N8 )

e.g. if flashing from belle ( latest firmware version of N8 ) to anna ( down graded version ) , this would be anna

Both of which can be downloaded using Navifirm

Procedure:

Before you begin the downgrade it is recommended you format your phone (use *#7370#, format both mass and memory card) and remove your sim card.
1.- Install Phoenix_Service_Software_2010_38_5_44210 (Uninstall any previous versions you have)
2.-Connect the phone on PC suite mode.
Check that you have these drivers  on your pc’s device manager(the N8-00 USB Phonet is the one we need)

3.Go to program files\Nokia\phoenix\products and create a folder called RM-XXX(which is the code of your phone) and put in it the N8 25.007 files.

4.Disconnect your phone, open phoenix then go to file>open product and select RM of your mobile(same steps as flashing on dead usb mode)

if you see a file name in red you delete it.

And select update software

Once done your phone will be bricked. DO NOT PANIC. close phoenix.

5.-Go to program files\Nokia\phoenix\products\RM-XXX(rm of your phone) and replace the 25.007 N8 files with the N8′s 11.005 Firmware files.

6.Repeat step 4 with the new files(flash again in dead usb mode). Once the flash is finished your pc should recognize your phone(some drivers will be installed but the phone’s screen will be off)

7. Uninstall Phoenix_Service_Software_2010_38_5_44210 and install Phoenix_Service_Software_2011.46.002.47246

8.-Connect the phone on PC suite mode.
Check that you have your drivers phone on your pc’s device manager: Nokia XX XX USB Phonet

9. Go to program files\Nokia\phoenix\products\RM-XXX(rm of your phone) and replace the N8′s 11.005 files with your phone’s lowest firmware version.

10.Flash again(repeat step 4), now the phone’s screen should be on (at last)

recommended you format your phone (use *#7370#, format both mass and memory card

11.-Go to program files\Nokia\phoenix\products\RM-XXX(rm of your phone) and replace the files currently there(which should be your phone’s lowest firmware files) with the firmware version you want.

12.Repeat step 4(flash again in dead usb mode) with the new files and you are done.

Reply If you need any help and also reply with your feedback.

11 Responses to Downgrade any Nokia Symbian firmware after upgrading to latest firmware

  1. agnel September 21, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    what in case of java mobile 5130 rm 495 ? Phoenix 2010 is necesary? I have latest phoenix soft. My mobiles firmware version was v7.91 i upgraded it to v7.97 and i want it back i.e. V7.91. What should i do? Thanks.

      

    • Dr.MoonGarg September 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Most of nokia mobile has symbian ( java version have S40 ) so it apply to your mobile also.
      Phoenix 2010 is necessary as a part of downgrade procedure.

      3.- RM-XXX – VERSION LOWEST, will be RM- 495 – lowest version in navifirm

      4.- RM-XXX – VERSION You want, will be RM- 495 V7.91

      rest of procedure is same mentioned above

        

  2. agnel September 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    thank u very much. I ll try it.

      

  3. jesus January 4, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Hi! I need help for downgrade my Nokia 5530 what should i do?

      

    • Dr.MoonGarg January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Hi,
      What issue you are facing?

        

  4. N73 January 16, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Hi,
    i ve followed the instructions but i m getting an error at the end of 4-th step.

    Device – N73

    http://free-image-hosting.com/images/2013/01/15/Nmxio.jpg

      

    • Dr.MoonGarg January 16, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      according to error you are flashing dead phone as alive phone..
      please tick dead phone usb flashing

        

  5. N73 January 16, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    And how i install this driver “N8-00 USB Phonet is the one we need” without N8 phone.

      

  6. Nokia N9 March 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi,
    My nokia N9(switzerland – 059k748) turned off by itself one fine day and it went into a boot-loop(starts up with nokia logo and turns off, and that keeps going on like that). Then i thought of flashing the device. I used Navifirm 1.7 to download the respective firmware for my device. Then using flasher 3.12.1 i tried flashing it. But im getting errors in the process. i tried several times re-downloading the firmware and flashing again. I have even tried flashing it with another country specific firmware but had no luck. All i see from the first place now is a warning screen when the phone is started up or is plugged into the usb port.

    Here is the error screen i see:

    WARNING: This tool is intended for professional use only. Using it may result
    in permanently damaging your device or losing the warranty.

    Suitable USB interface (bootloader/phonet) not found, waiting…
    USB device found at bus 002, device address 045.
    Device identifier: 357923041060460 (SN: N/A)
    Found device RM-696, hardware revision 1507
    NOLO version 2.3.6
    Version of ‘sw-release’: DFL61_HARMATTAN_40.2012.21-3_PR_009
    Sending ape-algo image (7096 kB)…
    100% (7096 of 7096 kB, avg. 31125 kB/s)
    Suitable USB interface (phonet) not found, waiting…
    USB device found at bus 002, device address 046.
    Device identifier: 357923041060460 (SN: N/A)
    Raw data transfer EP found at EP2.
    Ping attempt 1 (250 ms)
    Server application: 1.7.2
    Found product RM-696 rev. 1507
    Server implements softupd protocol version 1.8
    Image SW version DFL61_HARMATTAN_40.2012.21-3_PR_009
    Image moslo not present
    Image mmc not present
    Image tar skipped
    Image config skipped

    Battery level 80 %, continuing.

    image [state progress transfer flash speed]
    ———————————————————————
    [x] cert-sw [finished 100 % 1 / 1 kB NA ]
    [x] cmt-2nd [finished 100 % 95 / 95 kB NA ]
    [x] cmt-algo [finished 100 % 789 / 789 kB NA ]
    [_] cmt-mcusw [finishing 25 % 6050 / 6050 kB 3158 kB/s]
    [x] xloader [finished 100 % 23 / 23 kB NA ]
    [x] secondary [finished 100 % 94 / 94 kB NA ]
    [x] kernel [finished 100 % 2714 / 2714 kB 1971 kB/s]
    [_] rootfs [finishing 100 % 32768 / 1170206 kB NA ]
    ERROR: SU_GET_UPDATE_STATUS_REQ terminated with error code 1: Unknown error

    image [state progress transfer flash speed]
    ———————————————————————
    [x] cert-sw [finished 100 % 1 / 1 kB NA ]
    [x] cmt-2nd [finished 100 % 95 / 95 kB NA ]
    [x] cmt-algo [finished 100 % 789 / 789 kB NA ]
    [x] cmt-mcusw [finished 100 % 6050 / 6050 kB 3158 kB/s]
    [x] xloader [finished 100 % 23 / 23 kB NA ]
    [x] secondary [finished 100 % 94 / 94 kB NA ]
    [x] kernel [finished 100 % 2714 / 2714 kB 1971 kB/s]
    [f] rootfs [finishing 0 % 32768 / 1170206 kB NA ]
    Fetching error list:
    ========================================
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    bb5_rdc_cert_read failed
    mmc: sfdisk returned status 1
    mmc: Could not exec ‘tune2fs -L rootfs /tmp/sudmmcGDmzw0/internal0p2′
    mmc: Could not remove mount directory /tmp/sudmmcGDmzw0/mnt: No such file or directory
    [Pipe 4] Finishing in error state with status 1
    ========================================

    ERROR: Failed to flash images

    I have tried this on both windows as well as on linux and get the same result. Any help from anyone is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

      

  7. nokia 5130 March 7, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    can i use Phoenix_Service_Software_2012.04.003.47798_Cracked instead of Phoenix_Service_Software_2011.46.002.47246 in the above mentioned steps ?

      

    • Dr.MoonGarg March 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      ya you can use..

        

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