Downgrade your Nokia Lumia from GDR3 Preview Back to GDR2 Amber

Posted: October 15, 2013 in Home, Mobile Phones, Tech News, Windows Phone
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Today, Microsoft released the Windows Phone GDR3 Preview for Developers.

Microsoft explicitly stated that once you’ve chosen to install the preview OS, you cannot revert back to the older version, and that your device’s warranty maybe voided.

When you opt in and apply a prerelease update, you can only move forward with updates. When the update is publicly released for your device, you will once again be in a ‘released state.’ There is no path back to a prior release/update.

You guys maybe thinking, “WTF!! I want to try the GDR3 preview now! But I want to have a fallback just in case something wrong happens!”

Well fear no more! The truth of the matter is, YOU CAN ALWAYS REVERT BACK TO GDR2 AMBER!!! 🙂

How? Just do the exact way of ‘manually updating your Nokia Lumia’s firmware via the Nokia Care Suite’

I just did. And I’m back to GDR2 Amber without any issues! 🙂

Downgraded from GDR3 back to GDR2 Amber from GDR3 Preview

Downgraded from GDR3 back to GDR2 Amber from GDR3 Preview

Fire away!!

UPDATE: I can confirm that this process also works in my Lumia Phones updated to the Windows Phone 8.1 developer update released last April 14th, 2014. If you have newer Lumia models, you can download the NokiaSoftwareUpdaterForRetail.exe. Do note, however, that the Nokia Software Updater for Retail, ONLY downloads the firmware specifically intended for your Lumia model. The NSU for Retail can be installed side by side with the NCS 5.0

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  2. ThaFreak says:

    Thanks a lot! I am having an issue with bluetooth since the GDR3 preview.

  3. Binoya says:

    I downloaded the NSU older version as u said and installed it but when I checked for the firmware version, it showed me the pre-Amber version of the firmware , were u able to rollback directly to Amber? My device NL520

    • BlinkThinks says:

      I dont have an L520 so I have no idea which firmware is available. I have a 920 and yes I was able to flash back to amber.

  4. yaya says:

    my nokia lumia not appear on nokia suite care :/

    • BlinkThinks says:

      To get around this, download your firmware using this Nokia Care Suite version. After which upgrade to the latest version of NCS.

  5. sirius_gamer says:

    I have a Lumia 928 (unlocked). Nokia Software recovery tool and NCS give me the option to download latest version only. Then how can I downgrade to Amber? I’m on Lumia Black currently.

    • BlinkThinks says:

      Sorry, I don’t have the Amber version for your Lumia 928, You have to download via Navifirm+ (paid version) or search the web.

      Why do you want to downgrade to Amber? Black should be better…

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