FOTA means Firmware Over-The-Air. It is a way in which the firmware of a mobile device is updated wirelessly by the phone’s manufacturer. Firmware runs in the background without any input from the user, and is there to make sure the phone’s hardware runs properly. The process of downloading these updates wirelessly usually take three to ten minutes, depending on the connection speed and the size of the update. FOTA-capable phones download upgrades directly from the service provider. The process usually takes three to 10 minutes, depending on connection speed and file size.
Traditionally, the consumer was responsible for updating mobile device firmware via a device-specific service facility or PC download. These inconvenient methods often resulted in inconsistent firmware upgrades and other issues. FOTA allows manufacturers to provide efficient and timely firmware updates for handsets, which increases customer satisfaction and reduces technical support requirements.
FOTA facilitates the following:
- Allows manufacturers to repair bugs in new units
- Also allows manufacturers to remotely install new software updates, features and services – even after a device has been purchased.
Firmware update announcements may be located in a manufacturer’s website support location, technology forums or blog posts. Information ranges from specific model upgrades to detailed steps for user implementation.
Consumers verify FOTA capability via mobile device settings. FOTA updates are usually accessible via the device menu under phone/device management or software/firmware update.
How to enable FOTA on your Nokia mobile?
Head to your phone’s Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Update.
The time it takes for the OTA update to complete depends on the size of the update. It is best to run the update when you have good signal strength.
Run the update
The phone will restart and the screen will only display a window for some time
If there is no change on the screen for several minutes:
- Press the volume-up and power keys together and hold for 10 seconds – this will force the phone to restart
- When the phone has rebooted, head to Settings > About phone > Software Update and try to install the update again
- You can contact customer service if the problem persists.
Also note that you need free space to install an update. If you don’t have free space on Nokia mobile then clear the app’s data
If the OTA update is for a specific app, then clearing the data for that app can resolve the issue. However, please note that any data saved in the app will be erased.
To clear an app’s data, head to Settings > Apps (or Application Manager, depending on your device). From here, tap the app you are experiencing problems with, then choose to clear data.
If you continue to experience the same problem after clearing the app’s data, you may need to contact the app’s developer.
If you continue to have issues after clearing the app’s data, you can try uninstalling the app. Remember in mind that all data stored in the app will be erased. To uninstall an app, touch and hold the app you want to uninstall. Then, drag the app to Uninstall displayed at the top of the screen.
If you don’t see Uninstall, then the app is likely a system app that can’t be uninstalled.
To install available updates Navigate to Settings > System > System update > Check for update to check if updates are available.
Nokia Security Patches
Google’s Security Patches are released monthly and depend on the hardware in your Nokia phone. As these releases have specific hardware dependencies, you will need to ensure your phone is fully supported before you can test and release those to the operator. Once the quality has been assured, the Security Patch will be delivered to your phone. Due to this, the Security Patches are dependent upon your device model, operator and also your location.
As the Security Patches are designed to enhance security, customers can install them as soon as convenient.
HMD Global is delivering the latest Security Patches to your Android smartphone as quickly as possible. However, there are several factors that may affect the date you actually receive an update. These factors include the device model, region, location, operator approvals, and Google’s Security Patch Monthly Release announcement. Security Patches are also sometimes included with Maintenance Releases. Please note that the quoted release dates refer to the live releases for the first approved markets. In general, the release may take several days to reach all consumers within an approved market. Users are reminded that all Maintenance and Security Patch releases should be accepted as soon as possible to help ensure a smooth Android experience.