AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 receiving ‘Black update today

We’re a few hours behind on this one, but it looks like at around 1 PM ET time today, AT&T and Nokia began pushing out the Lumia Black firmware, which also has OS Update 3 on board. Indeed, a few people have chimed in on our forums and numerous tips have rolled in confirming that the update is now live.

Interestingly, the Lumia 520 on AT&T launched with double-tap to wake back with Amber. It was pretty much the only Lumia 520 to have it, though others have since received the feature since getting Black on other carriers.

Lumia Black includes some under the hood optimizations, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, camera improvements and greater support for Nokia software. Update 3 from Microsoft brings Driver Mode, custom ringtones for text messages, and the ability to close apps in the task switcher, to name a few.

To get the update, head into Settings > Phone Update > Check for updates. You’ll want to be on Wi-Fi and have your battery charged before the update. No information will be lost and it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. Once completed, you should be on OS 10521 and the Lumia Black firmware (found under Extras + Info).

Dive into our Lumia 520 forums if you have any questions or want to talk about the update!

Thanks, Nathan F. Topher J., and NYRBeezer (for the screenshots)


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AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 receiving ‘Black update today


Down here in South Africa the Lumia 520 got the Black update last week. All other devices a bit earlier. I enjoy the speed at which our carriers approve updates.

I received the update yesterday on 920 At&t so there may be hope soon for all phones through them.

I don't EVER complain about update timing, especially since my first WP was the Lumia925 it already had Amber :P

BUT now...now.. I feel the dragging pain lol dammit Tmobile I want Black and Update 3. I had update 3 thru Dev Preview but for some reason my phone had major signal issues weeks after.

We can only hope that we wake up anytime this week or next week and see that post "Tmobile 925 receives Black and Update 3" sigh...

what is that glance pinboards app in extras+info on that images ? i though glance doenst work on L520 ?

i have 520 but when i updated it to Black , the extras+info dont show Glance Pinboard App like the image in this post

Well glad AT&T isn't doing nearly as bad as they did with Amber (still could be a little faster with updates, but not nearly as horrendous when it comes to making people wait).

Now, US people are waiting on T-Mobile and Verizon...

Sprint doesn't have any Lumias, so they had Update 3 probably since November, so they didn't need to wait for Nokia to provide Black on top of it.

And..... T-Mobile???? Chirp chirp chirp chirp..... Time to move on to a new carrier or an OS that presses carries to push updates. Suggestions???

If you want quick updates for a long time sadly the only option is Apple. Hopefully Microsoft pushes the carriers out of the process and makes getting WP updates as easy as Surface updates.


You know the answer to that one lol... iOS... not that I am suggesting it but ya know.. at least its' UI is flat now like windows phone :P

T-Mobile said its not gonna give any more support to the 810 on march 2013. No matter how cheap there plans are customer service sucks.

@montpbm T-Mobile is working with Nokia to bring the Black update to Lumia 521 and 925 once our rigorous testing is complete.

Daniel, could you reach out to someone in Rogers Canada and see when we'll get it on 920. I thought maybe you have sources familiar with the matter. Thanks,

+620 What the heck happened to the 620 update? Here in India,all the other phones,except the 620 has received the update........What's going on?!?!

Question: why is it that lumia handsets have to wait for individual network providers to approve their updates and yet iPhones update all at once?

I guess T-Mobile isn't the best carrier to have if you want a Windows Phone. Anyone remember Lumia 810? From what it looks, 521 might not get much further support either. I use t-mobile but my windows phones are unlocked versions of at&t devices.

T-Mobile doesn't care about Windows Phones. Remember the Lumia 710? If you didn't update it manually (like I did), you're still on 7.5 until the end of time.

Verizon is really not a good partner for Microsoft/Nokia. They have to work with them, but only 1 Windows Phone released since the end of 2012? It is a great phone, but they need better support for the platform. The Icon is becoming a joke. I just bought my wife a white 928, but had to order it online because the Verizon store had ZERO WPs in stock. Best Buy didn't have the white 928, but not sure if they had anything else. I don't want to switch carriers, but might have to seriously consider going with AT&T in the fall. Although they are not much better, but at least they release a great variety of WPs. Let's get Black approved already Verizon!

Yes, they were so quick with amber. What's taking them so long now? Are they taking turns on who will release the firmware first. Like with amber.

At&t: No, it's alright guys. You can have this one.

T-Mobile/Verizon: OK, thanks!

At&t: I get the next one though.

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Verizon is terrible. Time to start looking for another carrier. I love my 822 but getting updates this slow is truly ridiculous

If you are a Verizon customer who paid for a phone, you have full rights to the latest version of software that supports that phone. Check out the FCC rules and regulations for telecommunication companies like Verizon.

As a Verizon customer, you are entitled to your software update the day Microsoft or Nokia releases it. If you don't have an update notification on your Nokia device, contact the FCC at "www . fcc . gov/ complaints" (links not allows so delete the spaces and quotation marks).

If Verizon is going to sell a device, it is their responsibility to support the device on a timely basis. The issues of "testing on our network" is not the consumers problem. It is up to Verizon to seek earlier beta or release copies of software updates to test within a reasonable timeframe. Failure to do so will result in Verizon receiving fines from the FCC based on complaints that are filed.

There is no reason to feel like Verizon has any kind of stranglehold on you. You are the customer. You have rights. You have choices. You have the responsibility of educating yourself on what your options are with each carrier. While US carriers have more control over phone hardware than you see overseas, you still have a number of rights - and the FCC is there to back you up to make sure you get what you paid for.

How can I get off of developer preview and get this official black update? Also my nokia lumia 520 has never been able to double tap to wake. (I don't know if it is att, I broke the sim pins on the first one and had to get a replacement)

Here's what stupid T-Mobile told me again!

@montpbm T-Mobile is working with Nokia to bring the Black update to Lumia 521 and 925 once our rigorous testing is complete.

Im on Telus in Canada, so the update has not reached me yet, but something I just noticed on the screenshot was the 'Hardware revision number'.

The screenshot shows

My Telus Lumia 520 is

I know that there is likely not a massive difference, but does anyone know why there is a difference?

Quick question i live in L.A and i have the Telus 620 do you know if the phone received the Amber update yet ?

Are these Daniel's devices that get pictured? Or just someone else that has him pinned to Start? I tried having my Me Tile on home but got sick of it. What can they do exactly?

You mean other than review every communication you've sent and received on your phone? (This is where the toast notifications should reside too, we don't need another hub/app/swipe)

I got OTA to Black, I already had GDR3, My internet sharing is no longer blocked, and my double tap to unlock finally works, never worked with Amber, overall the OS seems smoother.

Verizon was fairly quick to roll out amber and now they're screwing the pooch. I like Verizon's cell service, but att keeps looking better and better.

does any one know how to unlock AT&T Lumia 520? I am stuck with this phone, can't find unlock code.

Ive heard after 6 months of active service ATT will unlock it, I havent tried though, they still wont unlock my Focus Flash I paid for on a 2 yr... 

Microsoft/Nokia/carriers need to get their act together and provide updates on all devices simultaneously. Can't grow your product with support like this. 928

We nerds are way to fixated on updates. Just enjoy the phone and ur life and don't worry so much update a update. I mean phone works with or without it. Nothing to really concentrate our life on. It is just a update. Nothing really life changing. Just relax.

Signed by your friendly neighbor nerd.

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Unlock code from eBay for like a few dollars. That's how u unlock phone or from unlockr.com

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Stop whining people, this is still so much better than several android devices in 2011 that were flagship devices and yet never get any update (Motorola photon, droid bionic , atrix)

Just got my update on my AT&T Lumia 520.  I had the Developers Preview GDR3.  My double tap to wake worked maybe 50-75% of the time before.  Just the few times I tried after the update to Black, it seems to be more reliable.

Lumia black is available for the 920 on at&t, I did the update last week. I thought Lumia black was available on Verizon, since last year or was that only on the 8x?

Daniel please reach out to Rogers, or troll them a bit on your front page, because they're taking forever and I want my driving mode with alternate Bluetooth operation!! The speech doesn't work over my car's Bluetooth.. :'(