Lumia 900 on Windows Phone 7.8

Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 update today and through February for all Lumias

We’ve all been holding our breaths the past few months waiting for older devices running Windows Phone 7.5 to get the modest update to 7.8. Great news for those of you with a Nokia Lumia handset like the 710 or 900 – starting today, the Windows Phone 7.8 update is rolling out to all of you.

It’s been a long time coming, but your Nokia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900 have been a little bummed out about missing the double wide Live Tile action newer phones have been getting. Not anymore, you can now look forward to multiple tile sizes, lockscreens, and more theme colors.

When you get the notification on your device to upgrade is of course determined by a few factors, the biggest obstacle of course being the carriers:

“The Windows Phone 7.8 update is now rolling out for Nokia Lumia smartphones through February. Delivery of the update is operator dependent, meaning you will receive a notification in the coming weeks if you have an unlocked phone or if your operator has approved the update. If you don’t receive the update notification within the next three weeks, please contact your operator for more information.”

No word yet for other handsets from OEM’s like HTC or Samsung could it still be a couple hours or something different(although don’t get your hopes up HD7 users)? In the meantime, check our hands on with Windows Phone 7.8 on a Lumia 900 to see what you can expect and look forward to.

Source: Nokia Conversations


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Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 update today and through February for all Lumias



I am from Turkey. Some of my friends got the update. They are in Istanbul. I am still waiting with a L800. Nothing happened. 

I just plugged in the phone to the PC a little past 1800 GMT and got the update prompt.
Zune software did a couple updates, after about 5-10 minutes I am running 7.8.

I'm on Virgin Mobile in the UK too. Been updating my unlocked Lumia 900 for the last 45 mins. Hope you get yours soon mate. I did a soft reset on my phone then launched zune on my pc and connected the device, immediately got the notification to update.

Guys, give it a little time... it is a global rollout after all, so it might not show up on your device immediately.

Its coming in waves. Not everybody is going to get it at once. If you can't wait do the disconnect trick.

I tried that but it didn't work for me. You're supposed to let it check for a second or two then disconnect and in theory it will say there is an update available right?

Seattle, WA - I'm using an unlocked AT&T Lumia 900 running on T-Mobile.  Mine updated about half hour ago.

hey dave how did ya get it to work im in seattle also and on tmoble an i have not been able to get the update yet.  i even tryed the so called cable trick

And I now have 7.8 on my 900, may switch out sim from 920 for a while so that I may enjoy my music and podcast through Zune, absolutely hate using Xbox music.

Plugged in, Rogers on Lumia 900 here. Wouldn't detect update... Tried a bunch of times, no luck.
Then tried the old "disconnect trick" with Zune, ITS WORKING!!!! Already done 2 updates, hopefully 3rd is 7.8.
First Update (to):

Second Update (to):
Third Update (to):
Instructions here: and will be posting details as I progress!

That's awesome news for Rogers users. Thanks for sharing - looking fwd to updating my 900 when I get home

Not sure yet, on the link I provided a screenshot on my page...
It looks like 8858.136 is infact 7.8, however I'm still performing this upgrade and can't confirm if it is the last update.

i had flashed my lumia 800 with that version through navifirm, that means i dont need to update's the final version

Instead of 2 seconds I did it at 5 and getting a update now Windows 8 x32 Att Uverse. let you guys know if the Samsung Focus gen 1 get it

Great Thanks for the tip, now Zune is doing it's magic can't wait to see the final transformation.

I'll eat my hat on this one. Turns out it was true. The cabs are up at XDA so I'll be updating as soon as I get out of my meeting.

My phone is updating (Rogers 710 unlocked & on Fido) after I did the disconnect trick.
It's going REALLY SLOWLY though.

hey i also have a lumia 710 (from Wind though), how long did you wait until u disconnected ur internet? 2 secs or 5? btw did u finish the update?

Did you have to use the cable trick - or it just popped up for you?    I notice they have updated the Nokia 800 support page on the Telus sight but not the LG7 one.

My HTC Mozart is updating (I am the lucky one) in Czech Republic. Yes, I don´t need new phone for a while :D

Meanwhile in South Texas, I've tried the Zune trick (waited 2,3,4,5secs, & immediately) about 20 times with no success, but I have the HTC Arrive on "Spit" on my face, so no surprise there.

how about those, who updated with navifirm to 7.8, did someone of you got the official update?

Before you resize tiles you don't think it's a big deal...but then you start doing it and the device is completely different.

Unlocked HTC Titan in Portugal. Received 3 updates, 3rd is the new start screen!
Here's hoping they patched the wifi to stay on on standby...

Sério cara? Eu tava achando que não ia ser atualizado, é verdade MESMO???
Meu Ultimate também é brasileiro e da Vivo...

This was all planned from the beginning.. Now we know why they waited.. Because they are trying to smother the BB10 news. Lol!! Well played Microkia!

7.8 is installing now on my Rogers 710 on Fido in Canada. The cable trick was required for each of the three updates.

L800 Vodafone UK
I had the first update went through fine. Not getting the next update.
Using Windows Phone on OS X

Also using a L800 with Vodafone UK. Got the first update, then nothing :(
Tried using the disconnect trick, but had no luck trying after about 2 hours.

Does the Zune disconnection trick work on Windows 8? I'm not sure since Zune in Windows 8 can't share the PC's internet connection with the phone, wireless sync is broken and other stuff.

Been checking for update for past few hours with no luck, finally tried disconnection trick for about 5 minutes and it is updating now... Windows 8 Ent x64, L900 at&t MA

Why yes it does. Just did it myself. Put the phone in airplane mode, check for updates and pull the plug 3 seconds in. After it says you have updates, replug/reconnect and install.

"Windows 8 can't share the PC's internet connection with the phone, wireless sync is broken and other stuff."
That's not true.

im from philippines, but still no update, keep connecting my phone on zune the whole day, but nothing happens.

I already updated mine! Do the unplug thing, it really works! I'm from cavite. Wait for 7 seconds before unplugging. 

Unpluging and reconnect has worked, Update completed
Thanks Nokia
This is good but I like my friend's Lumia 920 will upgrade soon after the mwc'13 waiting if there is much better flagship phone than L920!!

just got an update for my dvp :D now that is surprising!!!!!!!!!!!
7.10.8779.8..which update is this? says improvements to app purchases in certain areas and cahnged default email sync times....anyone any idea on this one???? i am sure its not the 7.8 update...

I've done the disconnect trick, and my wifes L800 (o2 UK) is now on it's 3rd update (the 7.8 update as it did two other updates previously)

I'm now in posession of a Nokia Lumia 900 Brick!
Lost connection with your device please try again. Problem is it's stuck on the black (connect the phone to the computer) screen.
Any ideas anyone?
false alarm. all good now

Hey really? Did u get notification or tried some trick...i contacted Samsung n they told it will b available after one month

UK Orange / EE user here just did the update trick, switched internet after 4 secs and have received an update. Will let you know if it's the correct one.

L800 first update fixed some bugs? Had to use the disconnection trick again and currently downloading second update.

I know it's just a new Start Screen, but I love it. It's working so well and the different tile sizes really do change the whole device.

Meanwhile in South Texas, I've tried the Zune trick about 20 times (waited 2secs, 4secs, 5secs, immediately) with no success, but I have the HTC Arrive on "Spit" on my face, so no surprise there.

Got the update notify on 3 Sweden, Nokia Lumia 800!
I have Mac and it really sux because if the battery is lower than 30% even if I charge it..
F*ck OS X, im going Windows next time!

any news about T-Mobile USA? done the cable trick and airplaine mode trick many many times , says softwate up2date.

Guys I updated my lumia 800 to wp 7.8 unofficialy. At first my carrier was o2 but now its Norway SD variantid. Can someone tell me how to return to normal and get the official update?

Success on my L610 using the cable technique!^^ first was a reinstallation of mango update, then the much awaited 7.8 update. I did the technique several times until i finally got the updates. I waited 7seconds before pulling the plug. I'm from the PHILIPPINES. thanks for those who shared and thanks Microsoft!

AT&T Lumia 900. I just check and said phone is up to date. So I used the Zune trick and it worked!
First update is for some camera and other Windows Phone improvemnets according to update description. (7.10.8783.12)
Second update is the actual Windows Phone 7.8 Update. You need to repeat the Zune trick for this update again. (7.10.8858.136)
Here is instruction to follow:
1- Turn off cellular data, and Wifi on your Lumia 900.
2- Connect to Zune, check for updates. It won’t detect one.
3- Change to a different tab other than update in the settings.
4- Disconnect phone, then reconnect it.
5- Now, get ready. You will need to hit the “Update” button and unplug the network cable from your computer exactly 2 seconds (or for some 5 seconds) after hitting this button. It will present an update is available!
6- Reconnect internet, then hit Update!
7- Now update!
Enjoy your Windows Phone 7.8 device.
Thanks Microsoft! :)

I was dissapointed that the update wasn't available when I tried it originally, but I found your post and the process worked beautifully.  7.8 on Lumia 900 ATT.

Looking forward to the update! I have to say that I really do love my Lumia 900, and while nice, I haven't really been tempted by the 920. Granted, I know my personal usage pretty well, so the real perks of the 920 aren't major factors for me. Maybe when they get Lumia with their oversampling/Pureview tech in it? I'd actually be quite thrilled if they worked a deal out with Lytro, but will readily admit I don't know if the tech is practical for smartphones (yet) or not.

Agree with you, Sam!  Precisely why I purchased a new Lumia 900 last November.  Hopefully by the time the new Lumias hit the shelves in November 2013, I will be enticed enough to purchase a new device.
I'm a little reticent about this update, but I'm reticent about all updates!  I just like to wait a while and read the feedback.

THis is the ultimate "Nokia Exclusive" burn!  Those of us without Nokia's just keep getting slapped over and over again.

Honestly? Maybe its due to Nokia's position with Microsoft, but honestly they've been doing the most with Windows Phone because they've got the most to lose (especially compared to Samsung). They've got practically "all in" with Windows Phone, the fact their WP 7.x phones can't update to WP8 soured people, etc., means they really do have to go the extra mile.
They have to keep older owners happy. They have to show potential owners that they'll take care of them, and take care of them better than "the other guys." I'm 90% sure that Samsung could do the same thing if they really wanted to, and I'm 90% sure they're not interested in doing so. They'd much rather you go onto their new Ativ devices (which is understandable).

could tell me someone who updated via Zune how fast is it? Because I updated via NaviFirm and when I tap on some smallest tile, system is not fast enough like on WP 7.5 :(

I flashed my focus a few months ago and its definitely slower than 7.5. Not sure if official update is as slow, but all bets are on yes.