Nokia N8 Hacked UDA Custom Firmware – Flashing with Phoenix


Please perform this operation on your own RISK!

Here we go guys, Faenil at has modified a UDA image (credits go to Il.Socio for providing the tools and CODeRUS for providing the hacked installserver) to let you all have your N8 hacked right now and be able to install unsigned apps! 

Grab working version of Phoenix 2010.8 from here:

It is enough to Download the hacked UDA rename it to the name of the UDA image of the firmware of your product code, and flash it using Phoenix! 

1) Download and install Phoenix 2010.8 
3) Open Navifirm, and wait for it to load the Products list, then hit N8 (RM596)
4) Select 11.12 and wait for navifirm to load the Variants list
5) Use the search variants box at the bottom to look for the product code of your phone (you can find the product code on the transparent sticker which was on the back of your N8 when you bought it, mine is 0599857******, 0599857 is the product code) then hit MARK ALL, and then DOWNLOAD WITH THE PROGRAM, and choose the directory where you want to download the OFFICIAL firmware files
6) Once you have downloaded the official firmware files, copy those files to “C:/Program Files(x86)/Nokia/Phoenix/Products/RM-596″ which is the directory where Phoenix will look to get the files it needs to flash the firmware to your N8
7) Connect your N8 via USB cable and open PHOENIX
 Hit File–>Scan Product, and then hit Flashing–>Firmware Update
9) In the firmware update screen, you’ll see that Phoenix have found the firmware files of the official firmware you downloaded from navifirm (if it doesn’t find any firmware, add the directory C:/Program Files(x86)/Nokia/Phoenix in all the three boxes in Tools–>Options–>Product Location, and repeat step 8 ) , now hit REFURBISH
10) Now a warning dialog box will appear, telling you that one file is missing. THIS STEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Do not click anything on the warning box, just minimize Phoenix screen, go to the folder where you downloaded the hacked UDA file (decompress the .7z file using peazip or 7zip first), and copy it to C:/Program Files(x86)/Nokia/Phoenix/Products/RM-596 .
11) If it asks you to overwrite say yes, then go back to Phoenix and hit yes on the warning dialog box. If it doesn’t ask you to overwrite the file, rename the OFFICIAL UDA FILE to something else (for example, if the name of the official UDA file is RM-596_011.012_U01.01_79.92_prd.uda.fpsx, rename it to RM-596_011.012_U01.01_79.92_prd_ORIGINAL.uda.fpsx) and rename the HACKED UDA to the former name of the OFFICIAL UDA FILE (the name of the hacked uda is RM-596_011.012_U03.01_79.92_prd.uda.fpsx, in this case you have to rename it to RM-596_011.012_U01.01_79.92_prd.uda.fpsx, which is the name of the UDA you download from navifirm)
12) Now go back to the Phoenix’s warning dialog box, and hit YES, and wait for the flashing process to complete 
13) Done Now you can install unsigned apps 

Update: This Firmware has a bug and you won’t be able to start the OVI Store. You need to apply this Fix, in order to run the OVI Store.

  • does it voids the warranty from the nokia…??

  • Yeah, It would certainly void the warranty. But if you have successfully done this all, people at Nokia won’t be able to recognize this 😉 So your warranty would remain intact … 🙂

  • where do i get unsigned apps?

  • Brandon, you can get full version unsigned apps from as well as from

  • So I started my firmware flashing… about 50% in, the Phoenix software crashed…. How do I recover?

  • So Phoenix crashed during the firmware update. Do this if you are on 64 bit / Windows vista/7. Make sure that the Phoenix runs under win xp 3 compatibility and run the app in Administrator mode.

    If the device does get bricked, choose “NO connection” and do a dead usb firmware flash. After that, everything was swell… and oh.. backup, i’m stuck trying to recover files now since I didn’t back up.

  • I get a error:
    “Getting list of files to be flashed failed:”
    “Firmware: Flashing file ‘c:\program files(x86)\nokia\phoenix\products\RM-596\RM596_029_002_M103_16G.fpsx’ not found.”

    I double checked with NaviFirm, and NaviFirm does not have the file listed for download. I am running Phoenix in Win XP SP3 mode on Win 7 x64.

  • @wetdog500, there are two firmware versions, one is with UDA and the other is without UDA. Get the one with UDA file and try to download the firmware with product code: 0599396 – I have tried this and its working perfect.

  • so if the flash goes wrong, there is an option to recover.
    thats good news 🙂

  • If anything goes wrong while flashing then use No connection mode and then select your product and flash via DEAD USB mode.

  • I flashed mine without a problem and everything seemed to be working well until I re-installed Ovi Store. It starts up, but then crashes while still on the loading screen.

    Anyone know how to fix this?

  • Hey Darkstar,

    This Firmware has a bug and it won’t let you start the OVI Store. You need to apply this Fix (, in order to run the OVI Store.

  • Got it all working now, thanks for that.

  • @DarkStar…

    Glad to know that you managed to fix it 🙂