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Nokia 5.3 Android 12 update blocks some devices and other issues

As a child of the 90s, Nokia was synonymous with a mobile phone. By 1998, Nokia had become the best-selling mobile phone brand in the world.

The Nokia 5.3 is a mid-range Nokia-branded smartphone made by HMD Global. It runs on Android One and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor.

Nokia 5.3 Android 12 update blocks some devices

A number of issues have arisen since the Nokia 5.3 bagged the update to Android 12.

Nokia 5.3 Android 12 update blocks some devices
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Chief among them are devices that get bricked after a factory reset. Nokia 5.3 received the Android 12 update in September and users were happy with it.

However, Nokia 5.3 users are now reporting that their smartphones are bricked after a factory reset. A message is displayed that no operating system is available, leaving only the bootloader.

Factory resetting your smartphone is the trigger. But Nokia has released an update that seems to have broken the Android 12.

Nokia 5.3 Android 12 with November 2022 security update – Going to your settings and selecting “Factory Reset” will REMOVE your Android operating system and only the bootloader remains. None of the options in the bootloader will work (just reboot back to the bootloader).
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Today I did a full system reset from settings, after getting the November 2022 security update (Android 12). My Nokia is now bricked telling me there is NO OS. It told me to turn off my phone (gave me what looked like a URL, but I didn’t write it down). I disabled it and now I’m stuck in the bootloader.
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One user speculates that with the new update installed, both slots have Android 12 and there is no backup to which the phone can boot. Hence a brick.

If you’re lucky, the factory reset won’t lock the device, but roll Nokia 5.3 back to Android 11 with no option to upgrade to Android 12 (1.2).

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While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it’s likely Nokia pulled the update to fix serious bugs, which explains why there’s no option to upgrade back.

We hope that Nokia will address these issues as soon as possible as they have had a significant impact on the user experience and in some cases have rendered the device unusable.

Until then, we’ll keep an eye out for the Nokia 5.3 Android 12 update, which bricks the issue with some units, and update this space as we come across more information.

Remark: We have more stories like this in our dedicated Nokia section, so be sure to follow them too.

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