AT&T Amber and GDR2 updates for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are now live!

The wait is over.

Yesterday we reported that AT&T was planning on releasing the double punch Amber and Windows Phone 8 GDR2 OS update today. As predicted, the update has begun at 1 PM ET / 11 AM PT and users should now be able to head into their Settings > Phone Update > Check for updates to initiate the process. The update will bump the firmware to 1325 and the OS to version 10327.

Nokia and AT&T have been working on bringing the coveted updated for a few weeks now, coming in near last in terms of the global rollout. Nokia had previously stated that the Amber update should be completed by the end of September and while that was accurate for most users, those on AT&T had to sit by as T-Mobile and Verizon both beat them to the delivery.

Microsoft’s GDR2 OS update brings some improved features like better ‘Other’ storage support, reducing the bloat that many users have experienced, in addition to fixes for Xbox Music, FM Radio, Me Tile image and greater core access for Nokia.

Nokia’s accompanying firmware update, dubbed Amber, allows such new features as:

All in all, that is a significant amount of “stuff” that Lumia 820 and 920 users will now be able to take advantage of (not to mention today’s Glance Background app).

Most of those features will require the user to have the latest updates from the Nokia Collection and you can use an app like SysApp Pusher to check for those (it’s free).

Nokia's proprietary 'Glance' screen with an always-on clock

The update will require a Wi-Fi connection and it could take up to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much data needs to be backed up. You should also have at least a 50% charge or keep the device plugged in to an AC outlet. Users are urged to make some free space on their device if they have less than 2 GB of available storage.

Getting the update? Do you have the update? Sound off in comments.

Important 1:40 PM ET: If you experience the message "The update was downloaded but couldn't be opened. (8018830f)", don't fret. Just try again and re-download the update.

If you have questions, you can head into our Lumia forums to get help from others:  forums.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-devices/



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Darren Walsh says:

Just seen it on navifirm

Fndlumia says:

Where is bloody gdr3... Fn over this!

Evster88 says:

Lol wut? The 1520 isn't even out yet. Cool your jets.

Fndlumia says:

Kidding, just glad for you all, I've had it for months and im also glad I won't see these posts for awhile.

Nimdock says:

I know, right?
WTH!!! GDR3 NOW!!!

anon5351951 says:

Imagine how long GDR3 will take after that performance. And att customers STILL got the update before me... Nowhere to be seen like two-three months later. Come on Nokia :(

Sarang68 says:

Congratulations America! I mean it seriously

rahul4aug says:

never thought America will see this day.. :P

hs k says:

Oct 10 is the new July 4 for 'Murica I guess!! 
I mean it guys, 

toph36 says:

Verizon has had this since August! 

dmacke says:

You don't say!

American Tele & Trust is a Truly American Company
The update was tested by National Security Agency
All your phone calls are now tested for security!

toph36 says:

It is American Telephone & Telegraph actually, but OK! I am glad the NSA has the time!

Jack Larson1 says:

National Sailfish Association= no wonder they hate WP.

Kormiko says:

Thanks, but both Verizon and T-Mobile have had this update for well over a month now.  It's just AT&T that was slow... like always... because they have to first remove the great features that their customers want.

lancguy says:

Call and SMS blocking are in. Looking for data sense now

AT&T is not America. And it was only Nokia phones, all other AT&T WP8 phones received it a long time ago.

RaRa85 says:

I got so nervous when I saw those dang blasted cog wheels turning but it seems the update is downloading just fine. Hooray!

jchapman01 says:

Me too. The gears took forever to stop spinning... I thought I'd bricked it, lol. 

epearson2 says:

How long did yours take because mine has been going since 6:00PM Central time and it is currently 9:30PM Central time and the cog wheels are still spinning on my screen.

RaRa85 says:

Well....mine took under 20 minutes so at this point I would look for a fix or a thread somewhere in the forums. The holding the volume down and power button tricked worked perfectly fine for me and I did not lose any of my music, pictures, or settings but I would double check before trying that trick.

sholokov says:

Gears spinning....hopefully not for long. I don't want to hard reset.

epearson2 says:

How long did your gears keep spinning. Mine has been going on for about three and a half hours now....

jchapman01 says:

Prolly time to look up some support threads. Sorry you're having troubles mate.

When I rebooted my 920 to give it to my gf it took over three hours to reboot. Thought it bricked a few times

playergoodi says:

Downloading now!

Dave B2 says:

Actually downloading now.

sundawg#WP says:

Downloading now too.

realwarder says:

Great news!  Of course now we're all hoping for GDR3 next month.
(Yes, customers can never be content!)

piaqt says:

On Nokia care suite, maybe. AT&T, not so much.

Yes!! Hallelujah! FINALLY! Hopefully GDR3 isn't like this!

Brent#WP says:

My phone has found the update and the update status now says "An update is ready to download".  Wish I just had a WiFi connection to connect to right now so I could download it. :(

nantonlc says:

Same here. Out and about right now... Argh!

Why so long AT&T?

mjrtoo says:

It's not that long, cripes.

Kormiko says:

They removed DataSense because AT&T wants people to go over their data limit... so they had to test it longer to make sure it didn't break anything.

Jack Larson1 says:

Its killing me...

david90531 says:

Congrats to all at&t users

BryanLM says:

I'm in Nevada, still not available for my AT&T 920.

Nakazul says:

Have you waited this long ... :D

cdiddy2 says:

Thank goodness thats over. What should we complain about in the comments now?

weisman87 says:

Errors? I just got a "downloaded but couldn't open" error.

Dave B2 says:

Same here, WTF??!! REALLY?!?

haamid_qadri says:

Restart your phone and download again....will surely work fine.

Mine worked on the second try.

Deaconclgi says:

I thought the error said "Syke!!!!"

jchapman01 says:

hahaha, that would have been funny if I hadn't waited sooooo long. Honestly I was just about to upgrade to a 1020, but when I saw it was available I figured I could a little longer lol.

danj210 says:

I just bought the 1020 the day before this was announced :/

mop#WP says:

Ditto.  Got the unexplained 8018830f error, so I'm trying again.  It's gotten further this time: "Preparing to install 95%"
UPDATE: Now it seems to be fine.

That's the NSA security agent that makes sure all your phone calls are safe.
If you already have it then it installs right away

cdiddy2 says:

that isnt good. only took about 5 minutes total for me to install

Nawzil says:

Yes. When I leak about it, WP Central will surely report it. So stay tuned. ;)

uoeno says:

What about snapchat? I wanna see those snapstories but swapchat can barely hold its own.

rdubmu says:

Use 6tag, much better than Instagram on iOS and Android, plus it has more features than the 1st party apps. Instagram has made regram an option in their API, but isn't available on their app. 6tag has it! 

IceDree says:

Yea , I know , I use it all the time.
I was being sarcastic. He was asking what are we going to complain about, now GDR2 for AT&T Lumia is out

And when Rudy makes it, 6Snap.

danj210 says:

+1 This particular 3rd party app will be a lot more beautiful than official.

TripsG says:

Now the comments will be lagging, worse battery life, "other" not fixed...the usual.
Downloading now...preparing to complain (I kid, I KID!)

You aren't wrong on other storage, mine is already at 1.2gb and I have had it for a while with no massive apps installed or ever downloaded. It will pile up as time goes on. Sucks everything works well though, sadly glance on 920 sucks as it has a cheapper screen than a 1020.

uopjo6 says:

1.2GB is normal on every single smartphone on this planet. Should be expecting 2-3GB as normal. Over 5GB is when you start to complain. 1.2 is nth. Unless u meant 12......

sasukeluffy says:

GDR2 for Samsung Ativ S Finland, Elisa..

cdiddy2 says:

i got 2 updates. first one wasnt gdr2 because none of the new features showed up. press check for updates again if you are experiencing this

joeynox says:

Yay! Still don't have it

yellowbeer says:

Finally! I got it. Now, I can't wait to start complaining about the next lack of update from at&t.

xiontechinfo says:


S Vaibhav says:

Flash it to .002 via NSU,you will get amber ota...

charan gv says:

I got it on my 620

Hi, my 620 is currently updating and booting up just as I am typing this message.

borasar says:

congrats to all AT&T people, god knows you've waited much longer than necessary for this! Hopefully GDR3 will be better

Ceejay C says:

Im in Nevada too, it is downloading for me! YES!!!

JackG058 says:

Downloading now.  Now where is the GDR3 update?  ;-)
Missouri, btw.

MikadoWu says:

Florida Is downlaoding..............

HeyCori says:

And here I thought we wouldn't get this till December.

Scot Bowman says:

Looks like Christmas came early for us!

mop#WP says:

If by early you mean almost 2 months late, then OK.

IceDree says:

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay !!!
I'm so happy for you AT&T users , welcome to the others

*Nokia users on AT&T

ricbon says:


sukku says:

Yo! Am downloading!! 

danielm298 says:

downloading now in Atlanta GA  1:31pm

danielm298 says:

Took about 1:20 mins. Be patient...

danielm298 says:

ok so here is my logg for the update on the 920: i did this on our works WIFI network; i disabled WIFI on the phone to access the update, check the update button on my lumia and WALA!!! there it was, then i changed over to WIFI so here is the log
started 1:29pm ( it stayed at 100% for a few mins maybe 5 to 7) gears started at 2;21 pm, Almost done ( migrating data) started @ 2:33pm update done at 2:45pm. i turned off my phone and turn it back on just to clear everything. 
all together it took around 1hr 20 mins...just be patient..

loko ino says:

Downloading right now..California

Dave B2 says:

"Downloaded but couldn't open"

What the fuck are you serious??

walter1832 says:

Lather, rinse, repeat

Jack Larson1 says:

...then stick it rice, and switch to tmoble like Bill Hader.

haamid_qadri says:

Restart your phone

leokime94 says:

Yeee! Finally I'm download my Instag.. Oh sorry I mean Amber update! XD

theoldwolfus says:

Dowloading now in California. It's about time, but at least they got there in the end. I just wish they'd been more transparent.

I got an error: "We are currently unable to check for updates. (80072ee2)" But I'll try again

walter1832 says:

For all of you who are getting error updates....YOU are the next chosen few for the Hunger Games!

K_lando says:

I got a different error, 80072f76... which I believe is a connection error  It might be because I'm at work and my work wi-fi has a lot of access lockouts.
When I turned off my wi-fi, my phone found the update... but is waiting for me to turn the wi-fi back on. LOL.  If I can't do it at work, I'll have to wait until I get home...

Haha yah possibly! I tried again and it worked thankfully! My guess would just wait till you get home to a stable internet connection

Cleveland2k says:

Forget GDR2 and 3 Im ready for 8.1! Hurry up Microsoft! lol

Downloading in Seattle

Will AT&T phones ever get data sense?  Is that in GDR2?

Stevied1991 says:

It was supposed to be included with GDR2.

Nakazul says:

Data Sense is in GDR2 yes.

pezman726 says:

Data Sense is in GDR2 (for every carrier in the world except AT&T)

cruisezero says:

No data sense in GDR2 for AT&T. I just finished installing.

Shay Legacy says:

Well, time to flash, lol.

danielm298 says:

Correct, no data sense...

I use myAT&T to check data usage. Not as good as Data Sense, but it's okay.

pezman726 says:

I have decided to make a twitter account just to bug at&t about this. I suggest that we all go and flood their inboxes with messages.
also, does anybody know Ralph de la vega's email address?

Four Whey says:

So by gauging the timeliness of gdr2 we should get gdr3 as MS is releasing 8.1, sweet!

dreonedon says:

Getting update now its downloading very fast

ae86takumi says:

Now time to wait for someone to update if it's a striped down Amber update or the full update.

DalekSnare says:

I think AT&T removes Data Sense. It will probably be like the 1020's version of Amber.

ae86takumi says:

That's what I want to know, if not I'll flash a different rom.

Jack Larson1 says:

Why did they remove it?

silverbladex says:

Because they don't want people to monitor their data because that decreases the chance of customers going over and that means less money for AT&T.

Had GDR2 and Amber for a while now with my 928 through verizon.  Glad the 920 users finally get to experience it.

richddr says:





wapoz says:

Eff that.  I'm just gonna flash for GDR3 when a rom becomes available.


guipalosqui says:

Brazilian carrier Vivo also released it, last night. It's part of the Telefonica group, but I don't know if the whole of it got it too. Includes Data Sense.

wapoz says:

Hahaha, all 3 920 owners in my family are installing now :D

ChrisUCL says:

Finally! I'm with EE and got my update a few weeks back but even I was getting frustrated with the delay to AT&T customers!

dmouse9499 says:

Downloaded in San Diego without WiFi!

b3rni3703 says:


Enjoy, lol! Unfortunately, it seems you won't get Data Sense, which is a good tool to have.

sukku says:

My battery is too low to update my phone.. :( couldn't wait.. now charging.. .. .. . .. . .. .. . . . 

MrVol84 says:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ScubaDog says:

Downloading to my 920 right now.  Finally, my 920 will be on par with my 1020 (minus the camera, of course).

sholokov says:

...and RAM and the screen type.

xrs22 says:

Well, time to join the party, lol.

Nakazul says:

So now people are out in there cars, honking there horns in roundabouts? Like the great Limp Bizkit song. "Its a party on the back porch"

Youngbear says:

I'm downloading now. San Diego(Pacific Time)

M_Mike says:

Pulling down the update now.  SWEET!!!

dubb#WP says:

Oh grinding gears, how I've missed you...

ahandeman says:

gears........ getting impatient...

sholokov says:

They are scaring me...be done already.

ovrkast says:

Downloading now...preparing to install, oh and I'm in Nevada!

mattcald says:

Downloading in Arkansas!

JoeDizzle33 says:

Started downloading :)

Rick Smits says:

Downloading in NY

doomtuba says:

If you guys thought this wait is bad, thank goodness you're not an Android user! (save for the Nexus series)

Deaconclgi says:

I am an Android user in addition to WP, iOS and Belle FP2....whats worse than not getting OS updates on android devices? Buying an app on your old phone, buying a new more powerful phone that is technically capable of running every app in the Play Store.....going to download your paid app to your new phone....just to get a message that says "This app is not compatible with your device!!!" aaarrrgggggggggggghhhhhhh!!!!!

walter1832 says:

Thurrott is hinting that GDR3 should come rather quickly to ATT

on Oct 10, 2013

Now we can go ahead and prepare early for complaining about GDR3. :)

on Oct 10, 2013

No need for that. Stay tuned.

ahandeman says:

almost done....2 of 5........hurry up....

raul_junior says:

Does it have data sense?

Shay Legacy says:

Everyone except AT&T. If you want, just flash it.

theefman says:

Its the end of the world!!!!!!! :)

I know what I am saying is probably old, one reason I love Windows Phone over Andriod. One can get update when it is availabe.
Now I guess I will be waiting for GDR3 when it becomes available, maybe by then , I will get a new phone.

Fndlumia says:

Congrats merrycans

ArmisLt says:

Downloaded the update, pressed installed, the phone restarded and now I get spinning gears...?
What happened?

ahandeman says:

give it time, mine took like 20 min on just the gears.

ArmisLt says:

I panicked cuz my mom had Lumia 620. 1 week ago the phone restarted and had spinning gears, no way I could bring it back to life so I had to return it, we bought the phone in may :D

Caspar Davey says:

That's normal. It will reboot again in a while and you will have the update. Mine has been on gears for 20 minutes now.

addicusbrown says:

Whooo.  I'm freaking out over here after about 15 minutes of the spinning gears.  I do have a lot of information to back up though.

monotheist says:

Its updating :P

89caps says:

23 minutes on gears before progressing. Be patient.

fwaits says:

I believe the spinning gears portion varies because of the data backup that happens during that time.  Just let it run a while and you should be ok.

It is spinning me for more than 20 minutes, I already soft reset once

finally done after almost 25 minutes. But once my phone goes to "Lock Screen" the screen doesn't recognize my touch, so I cannot unlock my phone and I have to restart every time :-( 

same thing happening to my phone also :(

MadSci2 says:

Me too, only min etook 5 hours and many reset to get that far. Nokia Customer Support ran me through the usual suspects of key preses, but to no avail.  I used the software Factory Reset and all I got was a night os spinning gears.
Time for a new phone. Good job Nokia!

Follow the steps mentioned in this post to reflash your phone with latest software. I reflahsed my phone yesterday night and it is working fine now.

ae86takumi says:

Even if I am not going to use Data sense often, I want it

ArmisLt says:

WHere do you find the data sense? I don't have it on mine.
Is it because I have tmobile with my att lumia 920?

fwaits says:

Data Sense must be carrier supported on the back end or it won't work. AT&T apparently is not supporting it so it isn't in their update.

Colin920 says:

Not ture, Data sense works by itself. At&t simply doesn't want you to have the limited data access control, this evil company wants you to go over the limit to pay them more.

ArmisLt says:

Well I have tmobile 500mb 4g + unlimited 2g, but still I wanna know when the 500mb is done.
Even though I don't really use 4g that much, or it's not even available...

slap0rama says:

Pin the my account app to your start screen. It shows how much data you have used.

ArmisLt says:

the "My Account" app from tmobile doesn't let you do that, unless you're talking about another one?
Let me know though.

THE_Lawnboy says:

So what does Data Sense do that the AT&T app doesn't? I can check how much data has been consumed on my plan by me or any of the family members at any time.

Data Sense actually compresses information so your online activity uses less data.

pezman726 says:

data sense will also turn off background tasks and your data connection when you hit certain thresholds, so you don't go over your data limit.

ahandeman says:

final reboot

ahandeman says:

where would datasense be if its in here?

pezman726 says:

in your app list under the letter 'D'
AT&T stripped it...but then we all knew they were going to, didn't we?

meimnot99 says:

Am I the only one not seeing glance screen or other new settings?

nstine20 says:

These are system apps that may need to be downloaded separately from the windows phone store.  As the article states you can force a download of these apps by using an app like SysApp Pusher.  After installing the GDR2 update they are greyed out on my phone, but I just checked for updates again and it is downloading a second update, hopefully they will be usuable after this second update.

Fndlumia says:

U have to enable from settings bud, should be right down the bottom of settings.

b3rni3703 says:

thats correct... its at the very bottom of the settings

sholokov says:

All new items or updated items end up at the bottom.

DMuela says:

We need the update in Mexico now!!! u.u

mccasive says:

It's already in Tucson so I guess it's going through some rigorous security checks at the border, either than that you should be getting the update in Mexico some few minutes from now. Sorry for the delay pal

Aldo Rossini says:

520 came with the pre - start 3043 with amber ... tbm he will win an upgrade from AT & T for the final version of amber with early 3046?

hermanax says:

I updated my phone, but when all was said and done, my phone still did not have Amber/GDR2. It just went back to the previous state. What should I do about this?

Those who were successfull in installing this update, do you see FM radio and DataSense or is it removed by ZT&T (Z since they are last ;) )?