How to Manually Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update (OTA)

Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update - OTA

HMD Global recently rolled out Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 6 launched in 2017. Follow this guide to manually install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update. The instructions will help you to sideload Oreo OTA ZIP using the stock recovery.


Every passing week, more and more OEMs are pushing in the latest Oreo update starting from their top line of devices. And Nokia doesn’t seem to stay behind after all. The manufacturer seems to be gaining its grip back with its Android lineup, packing powerful hardware and close-AOSP software. Nokia has kept its end of the promise and has released regular monthly updates for the Nokia 6.

The first Oreo beta release for the device was made in December, last year. It didn’t take much longer until the stable rollout was announced in January 2018. Last week, the company pushed the Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update. The official OTA ZIP is now available and can be easily sideloaded using the stock recovery.

Updated on 20 January 2019: January 2019 Security Update for Nokia 6 is now available. Links have been updated!

Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update - OTA
Download and Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update (OTA)
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Guide to Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update

To recap, the Nokia 6 was first released back in 2017, powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 5.5 inches full HD display, 16 MP rear camera with ZEISS, and more. Something commendable about the new Nokia-branded Android phones is their stock Android experience with support for consistent software updates. The phone has received a decent amount of attention in some major regions worldwide.

Before we get to the steps to install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update, let us take a quick look at the changes.

The announcement came in, directly from HMD Global’s Cheif Product Manager – Juho Sarvikas through his Twitter account. It wasn’t much later that rollout began reaching the users of the said device over-the-air. The OTA weighed approximately 933.8 MB, bringing in a plethora of changes and new features to the devices. Android 8.1 Oreo for Nokia 6 offers some unique features. These include the regular features like automatic Google Dark theme, revamped settings, Bluetooth battery percentage, power saving navigation buttons and redesigned power menu for easier navigation. The update also includes the March 2018 security patches.

Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update - OTA Screenshots


The update has started to roll out worldwide and will be reaching out to everybody gradually. To check if your phone has received the OTA notification, go to Settings -> System updates. In case you haven’t got it yet, you can follow the instructions below and manually install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update right now.

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  • Backup your Nokia device completely. While this method shall not wipe anything off your device, but it is better to be precautious. Check our detailed article on how to backup Android.
  • Charge the phone to at least 50-60% battery level to avoid any sudden shutdowns during the update process.
  • Your Nokia 6 must be running the latest Android 8.0 Oreo firmware with 00WW_5_22A_SP01 build number to sideload the Android 8.1 Oreo update (March 2018).

Once you have fulfilled the requirements, you will be ready to install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update.

Download Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo OTA

Note that the Nokia 6 Android 8.1 OTA packages are incremental in nature. For example, in order to install the December Security Update, your Nokia 6 must be on the November Security Update. XDA senior member qwertysmerty captured the OTA URL and provided them on the original XDA thread. All the credits go to him!

Steps to Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update

  1. Download Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo OTA ZIP to your PC.
  2. Connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable.
  3. Copy the downloaded file to the root of the SD card.
  4. Disconnect the phone and power it down.
  5. While the phone is powered off, connect the charging cable.
  6. Next, hold the Volume Up and Power buttons until you see the stock recovery screen.
    • In stock recovery mode, you will need to use the Volume keys to move the selector and Power button to confirm.
  7. Select ‘Apply update from SD card‘ option.
    Install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update using Stock Recovery
  8. Choose the OTA ZIP file from the SD card.
  9. Finally, select ‘Ok‘ to confirm and install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo update.
  10. Wait until the update process is complete.
  11. When done, select ‘Reboot system now‘.

You can also follow our guide on how to sideload OTA update ZIP using ADB.

Once your Nokia 6 boots, it shall be running the latest software running on Android 8.1 Oreo. Go ahead and explore all the new features. The update not only brings a version bump but also adds internal changes for better performance and battery life. It’s nice to see that new software also brings recent December 2018 security patches.

So this was our guide to download and install Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo Update. If you have any questions regarding the procedure, then leave a comment below.



  1. Hi Dhananjay,

    I am stuck in the ” no command” screen. I made the mistake to not upgrade to version 8.0 first, must have over-read that requirement. Now it shows the No command screen, I can get into the stock recovery screen, however the factory reset doesn’t work, tried several times. It resets according the info on the screen, but upon rebooting ends up back in the ‘no command’ screen.

    Is there s away out of this?
    It was version 7.1.2 if I am not mistaken, Nokia6 AT-1023. Can’t check anything else anymore.

    1. Hi Roler. Could you please confirm if it is the Nokia 6 (2017) or the Nokia 6 (2018)?

  2. I installed the update when it was running nought. Didn’t see the requirements. Now it displays no command error and boots to the hard recovery menu. Factory reset is not working.

    1. Hi. Are you able to put your Nokia 6 into stock recovery mode? It looks like this:

      Stock recovery mode on Nokia 6

  3. Sir I m still facing the network problem my network fluctuates ….it all started after updating the software …I applied many troubleshoots but didn’t work

    1. Hi Aasif, what’s the current software version installed on your Nokia 6?

    2. I’d suggest you try updating to the most recent security update (January 2019 in this case). It might actually help you fix the issue. If it still doesn’t (There’s a slight chance of it), then you can try factory resetting your Nokia 6.

  4. i select the update from sd card bhut it gets stucked on “no command” please tell me what should i do next

    1. Hi Aasif. Press the Power button and press the Volume Up key to enter the recovery mode.

  5. hello i m using nokia 6 TA 1021 i visited nokia service centre with a complaint of loud speaker they updated my software from 8.1.0 to 8.0.0 and since then i m facing a network problem and i tried to install the android 8.1.0 manually but i m not getting the stock recovery after holding vol. up key and power button …now please tell me the solution how i will get rid of this network problem

  6. Hi my phone died, it stuck on “no command”, i tried factory wipe but still not working, i tried re installing via sideload but it’s not working ??????????? TA 1033

  7. Hi!
    I had same issue. Android “8.0 Oreo 00WW_5_220” was running when I flashed “8.1 00WW_5_22A_SP01 ” and it bricked as well. Factory reset didn’t help.
    There is problem with “8.0 Oreo 00WW_5_220” version, seems you cannot even update to the next version manually.
    If you have same issue:
    1. In recovery mode install Android version 8.1.2 Build Number : 00WW_3_72A_SP01 (aka 00WW_3_72B). It will be fail, but don’t worry. Now you can update for 8.0.0 Build Number : 00WW_5_22A February patch.
    2. Reboot your phone
    3. In recovery mode install 00WW_5_22A February patch.

    1. Tried that but got a “no command” with 2x dots on the bottom of the screen message after tring to install the 00WW_5_22A firmware

  8. hey man,
    downloaded the file. copied it to my SD card. it finds the file name but when I click in, the folder is empty.
    what am I doing wrong?

    also file doesn’t download as a zip?

    1. Hi Julian, are you sure that the file you’re selecting is the correct one? In ZIP format?

  9. cuando realizaba la actualizacion aparecio un mensaje de “Error” y quedo ahi. Ya cuando lo prendo solo aparece un android en el piso y abajo dice “No command”

    seguí todos los pasos y descargue el OTA Zip correcto

    1. Hello Alejandro, that is normal. The screen you’re seeing with the Android bot and ‘no command’ is the enterance to the stock recovery. Simply hold the Power button on that screen and tap once on the Volume Up button.

      As soon as you do that, you should see the stock recovery screen on the phone. Let me know if it helps.

    1. Hi Kingsley, kindly mention the model number of your Nokia 6 and also the build number of the firmware (Settings – About Phone). You will first need to update to Android 8.0 Oreo. And from there on to Android 8.1 Oreo.

      Once you mention the model number, I can search out for the OTA file to help you update from Android Nougat to Oreo.

    2. Bonjour, j’ai eu un nokia 6 AT-1003 je l’ai mis sous android 8.0 et j’ai reçu par la suite la mise à jour sécurité du 02 avril mais pas de 8.1 pouvez vous m’aidez svp?

    3. Hi, the update rolls out in stages, which means it could take a few days to weeks before it reaches your phone. The guide is specifically for those who are in a situation like yours. If you choose to follow it, please make sure to take a complete backup first including the internal storage.

    1. Hello Jeb, the OTA ZIP works just fine. Several users have used the same file to update to 8.1 Oreo without any issues.

      Anyhow, you can easily boot into the stock recovery and perform a factory reset to see if that helps.

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