Back in the Symbian days, Nokia had a tool called Nokia Software Recovery. This tool allowed one to wipe the internal software, as well as data, and an option to reinstall the software. Sadly, as soon as Lumia devices hit the market, Nokia had removed the tool. Earlier this year, Nokia Care re-released the Software Recovery Tool for Lumia devices, and today the software has been updated to support Windows Phone 8.1.
First spotted by the guys over at WPCentral, the tool will help you recover your phone if it is having software issues or problems while installing an update. “Use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to recover your phone if you have software or software update problems. If your phone is not responding, it appears to be stuck or is not starting you can try to recover it at home before initiating a repair,” Nokia Care writes.
The latest update (version 1.3.1) of the Nokia Software Recovery tool adds support for Windows Phone 8.1, along with up to 75% faster downloads for large software packages. You are required to be running Windows 7 or newer, have a USB cable connecting your phone to your computer, and a minimum of 3GB of free storage space. Remember, using Nokia Software Recovery Tool erases all personal content on your phone. If possible, create a backup of your phone’s content before running the tool.