‘Black update for Nokia Lumia 625 brings double-tap to wake feature

The Lumia 625 is an odd duckling amongst the Nokia range of Windows Phones. It’s not on many major carriers, and doesn’t garner a lot of attention, but it’s a darn cool phone. Coming in with a 4.7” display, the Lumia 625 is a budget phone with a big screen. It later inspired the massive Lumia 1320 too (review this week), with its rounded edges and wallet-friendly price.

One downside of lower cost phones is of course, less features. For example, the Nokia exclusive 'double-tap to wake' is found on most devices except the lower cost ones. The Lumia 520 has it, but only for AT&T. The Lumia 525 has it out of the box. The Lumia 625 doesn’t have it either. Until now.

Nokia has begun pushing out the Lumia Black firmware, which also includes Microsoft’s Update 3 to the Windows Phone 8 operating system. One new feature for Lumia 625 owners is the very ‘double tap to wake’ feature that was previously missing. The update came out a while ago, but we figured better late than never as one of our readers dutifully reminded us.

Users must go through the easy update process (Settings > Phone Update > Check for update) to get both the OS and firmware changes, and be on the latest version of Extras + Info and Touch apps from Nokia. Once completed, users can head into Settings > Touch and enable the ‘double tap to wake’ feature.

‘Double tap to wake’ enables the display to remain active, even when in standby. Users can then literally double tap the phone and the display will turn on. It’s useful for when wanting to check for messages or glance the Start screen one handed, as users can bypass the physical power button. Of course using this feature will consume a minimal amount of battery life, as nothing is free in life.

Unfortunately, the Glance screen feature (clock and notifications when the display is off) did not make it over to the Lumia 625. Like the Lumia 520 and Lumia 525, that feature is just not supported.

Have you updated your Lumia 625? Let us know how you like the Lumia Black update, which includes many new features, including camera improvements, Driver mode and more.

Via: WinPhoneViet; Thanks, tungha and InfernapeXavier, for the tips!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.