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Cannot wait for Windows Phone 7.8? We can get the update manually!

Windows Phone 7.8 has been rolling out for several weeks across the globe, and people who has already updated their phones are enjoying their live tiles in a fresher way with every tile can be resized. WP7.8 offers more than that, you can make your own ringtune, you can tranfer music and photos via Bluetooth with other phones (what a leap!)…

However, a lot of Lumia users still haven’t got any update notifications when they connect their phones to Zune. Presumably the WP7.8 update rolls out on a zone basis, but users even in the same country weren’t treated in the same way, some of them got the update and others didn’t. Does this mean those who still get stuck in WP7.5 have to wait and wait? Not neccessarily. Some clever users have found a way to get your Lumia updated to WP7.8 and kudos goes to those guys who make our lives much easier. I’ve tried such methods posted in a Chinese forum about smartphones and succeeded in getting my girlfriend’s Lumia 800 updated to WP7.8 (thanks to her patience in repeating those steps).

I’d like to iterate and illustrate those methods (actually two) in this blog, and here we go:

What you need: a phone running WP7.5, a usb cable, and a PC with Zune installed on it, a timer(not a neccessity), most importantly, patience and a bit of luck, 🙂

Method 1:

  • Switch on ‘Flight Mode’ on your phone: go the Settings and you’ll find an item called Flight Mode.
  • Connect your phone to the PC, start Zune, click on the image of a phone down the left bottom side, see the yellow ellipse below:

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  • Click on ‘settings’ and then click on ‘update’; when you click on ‘update’, try to time how many seconds does it take to get a new information page. (The length of this period of time varies, maybe ~45 seconds or ~8 seconds). Let’s call this period of time T
  • re-click update and start the timer (or you can count), when you reach T-2 second or so, SWITCH THE NEWWORK ON YOUR PC OFF! (you can unplug the cable or turn the WIFI off depending on how you connect to network)
  • wait and behold, you’ll notice a message saying ‘new update available
  • If you fail to got the message, repeat previous steps. It’s not exactly T-2 seconds when you switch network off.
  • Before following steps to update the phone, remember to switch the network on!

If the method above is not effective, you might want to try another one, this time we still need to switch the network off at the right time, but on the phone not on the PC.

Method 2:

  • Switch on WIFI or 3G mobile data on your phone
  • Switch the network off on your PC
  • Connect the phone to the PC, and open Zune
  • click on ‘phone’ image, select settings, and select ‘update’
  • time how many seconds does it take to lead to update information page, mark the time T
  • re-click update and start the timer (or you can count), when you reach T-2 second or so, SWITCH THE NEWWORK ON YOUR PHONE OFF! (WIFI or 3G, depends on what you’ve been on)
  • If you fail to got the message, repeat previous steps. It’s not exactly T-2 seconds when you switch network off.
  • Before following steps to update the phone, remember to switch the network on the PC on!

You might need to update your phone for three times to get WP7.8,  if you haven’t received any updates for quite a while. WP versions you might enounter with are:

It is version 7.10.8858.136 that brings WP7.8 to us! Good luck, guys!

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