Want Mango right now? Here is how to get it

Today's launch of the Mango software update for owners of Windows Phone 7-based smartphones is a major event as Microsoft has packed a ton of new additions and improvements into the big patch. But the problem with this kind of update is that it sometimes takes days or even weeks for wireless phone carriers to send such a major patch to all smartphone owners. In this age of instant gratification, we can understand that some of you that have WP7-based phones want your Mango update and you want it right now.

The fan site WPCentral.com claims it has figured out a way to get the Mango update instantly, or at least faster than waiting for the automatic update from your wireless network. It does involve hooking up your phone to your favorite PC and using Microsoft's Zune software. After you hook up your smartphone to the PC and start running the Zune software, head to the software's update section in the Settings tab. If the software tells you that an update is not available, just click on any of the buttons above or below Update.

Here's where it gets tricky. You then hit the Update button again and after one or two second, you then totally take your PC off the Internet. That means pulling out your Ethernet cable from your network card or router or disabling your WiFi signal. If you wait 30 seconds, the Zune software should then say that a new update is now available to download. You then reconnect your PC to the Internet and start downloading the first update. After that update is installed it may or may not show that a second update is available. If so, proceed. If not, disconnect the PC from the Internet again and wait another 30 seconds before the Zune software tells you to grab the second update. Finally the Zune software should show that the third and final Mango update is ready but if not you can repeat the previous steps.

Steps to force a Mango update on phones for which Mango has started rolling out:

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to a PC and launch the Zune software
  2. Click on Phone > Settings > Update. Allow the software to tell you whether an update is available. If so, skip this guide. If not continue to the next step.
  3. Time to force the update. Click another button (any of the options above or below the word Update). Then click the Update button again, and this time disconnect your computer from the internet after 1-2 seconds. Do this by pulling out the Ethernet cable, disabling Wi-Fi, etc. If it says your phone is already up to date, you didn't disconnect quickly enough and need to try this step again.
  4. Wait 30 seconds or so and Zune should display a notification that an update is available. This is 7392, the first Mango pre-update.
  5. Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software.
  6. After 7392 is fully installed, you may receive a notification that another update is available. If so, install it now. If not, proceed to the next step.
  7. If the second update isn't popping up on its own, repeat steps 3-5, causing the 7403 update to appear.
  8. Install 7403, brave reader. Speeding right along, isn't it? ;)
  9. Mango time! At this point, Zune should automatically start installing the last update, 7720, aka Mango. If it doesn't happen automatically, force it like we did in previous steps.
  10. This last step is very important! Celebrate your phone’s new found Mango status by purchasing a mango smoothie at your nearest Smoothie King, Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, or similar establishment.

Many users have reported success with this method, but as always, proceed at your own risk.

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At first, this wouldn't work. I tried it at soon as I got home on the 27th, 3 PM Central (push was at 1 PM). I was not officially prompted, so I tried this like 35 times; alas, it would not work. But today, I was prompted to download an update for my Zune software. After installing that, I decided to check for an update for my WP7, and nothing.
But then I decided to try this trick again, and it worked first try!

@Azyr, try disconnecting your phone, turning WiFi and Data off on the phone and reconnecting it. For me this forced Zune to use the computers network connection instead, and then this trick worked.

Anyone got a TMobile Omnia 7, to take this yet? I've tried the disconnect trick and that worked on my O2 Mozart, but my TMobile Omnia 7 doesn't want to play ball

HTC Trophy A1 Austria worked :-)

It was a little more difficult for me. This is my step through:

a) Press "Update" and note the time it takes until "Phone is up to date" appears
b) Press again, and 2 seconds before the noted time is reached, disconnect

It was about 25 seconds in my case.

HopeForP7Update said,
HTC Trophy A1 Austria worked :-)

It was a little more difficult for me. This is my step through:

a) Press "Update" and note the time it takes until "Phone is up to date" appears
b) Press again, and 2 seconds before the noted time is reached, disconnect

It was about 25 seconds in my case.

Thank you for the idea, but sadly it didn't work (BTW Open Market Omnia 7, Libya)... Seems I have to try it tomorrow, Sigh!

PeterPlys said,
After the update my HTC HD7 displays ver: 7.10 (7720)
I thought the version was supposed to be 7.5 ?

The update is WP7 Mango (build 7.10.7720.68) the reference to 7.5 is because the new WP will be 8 and you currently have WP7

I was about to go to step 2 after waiting for the update check to fail and amazingly, somewhat unbelievably, 7403 has popped up so I don't even need to do this, it's (almost) Mango time!

Thank-you Microsoft, you have delivered well ahead of my expectations.

I gave up after the 100+ try, I tried every combination (started from 1 sec. to 20, after which I get the "Your phone is up to date") with no success... I always get either "Couldn't connect to the Internet message" or "Your phone is up to date"
Well, seems I have a few weeks until the update process reaches me... Very SAD!

I couldn't get the pulling out the network cable right. but disabling my network adapter worked perfectly first time.

Samsung Omnia 7 on Vodacom South Africa.

It doesn't seem to work using WP7 Connector for Mac. I've tried it well over 20 times on my LG Optimus 7 for Telus Mobility. Any suggestions?

James_H said,
It doesn't seem to work using WP7 Connector for Mac. I've tried it well over 20 times on my LG Optimus 7 for Telus Mobility. Any suggestions?
To follow up, I resorted to connecting it to my old Windows PC. This trick worked on my third try. I guess it only works for zune, not for WP connector for mac

Doesn't work for me

I plug my phone in > launch zune > phone > settings > update > pull the ethernet cable out after 1 sec and nothing... just says my phone is up to date (7392). I have tried this multiple times

Omnia 7, T-Mobil Branded but unlocked in Australia

hman88 said,
Doesn't work for me

I plug my phone in > launch zune > phone > settings > update > pull the ethernet cable out after 1 sec and nothing... just says my phone is up to date (7392). I have tried this multiple times

Omnia 7, T-Mobil Branded but unlocked in Australia


Having the same problem.

worked for me - LG Optimus 7 on Telus. one rather strange thing... I've published 5 apps to the marketplace... two of them gave me the message that Microsoft had deauthroized the apps so I needed to remove them... a quick check to my account though showed the apps were fine and I was able to re-download them without issue. strange but at least they still work.

As many before pointed out, is the same trick we used for the NoDo update, it's working and I'm updating right now, I'm on Telcel, México. Can't wait to see all the new stuff. Thanks.

I did this update and it worked fine, except that I don't see my native display language, it only shows me German, English, Spanish etc.. and not Norwegian. I at least got the Norwegian keyboard that I didn't have before...

Also my "scan text" function won't work, neither voice recognition, Bing vision or facebook chat.

And the worst part, phone calls coming from +47 still doesn't show contact from phonebook, just the +47 12345678 number..

Any ideas? I got an HTC Mozart bought in Norway with Telenor as operator.

Installed it via this method, need one pre-update and then mango itself. Very good update, performance has been grealtly increased, much more responsive and loads of new features.

Not really working for me (HD7 on T-Mobile). I manage to get the zune software to tell me there is an update (7403), but when I click "Update", Zune launches the updater (the one with the black background) which hangs on "Checking for updates". Any ideas?

xTdub said,
Not really working for me (HD7 on T-Mobile). I manage to get the zune software to tell me there is an update (7403), but when I click "Update", Zune launches the updater (the one with the black background) which hangs on "Checking for updates". Any ideas?

let it sit for awhile, it happened to me, i think it took about 5 minutes before it started downloading the update.

Dale said,

let it sit for awhile, it happened to me, i think it took about 5 minutes before it started downloading the update.

Well. I let it sit for about 30 min, then gave up. Just tried it on my laptop and it worked instantly, whatever. In the final stages of the Mango update now...

I have it now through this method on my Mozart, it is truly awesome. So much faster, more responsive and loads of polish to make it a fully fledged OS truly competitive platform.

One easier method of disabling your connection I used was opening my connections dialog for Win7, clicking on the LAN port I was going to disable and then moving my Zune window on top of Connection without covering the "Disable" button. Click update in Zune, click Disable in Connections and it worked instantly! 1 attempt for 7392 and 2 attempts for 7403.

Mango rolls automatically after 7403.

Damn, saw this article too late, posted on the other mango article, applies here too ;
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Ok, weird situation and i need help here,

I was trying to "force" the update via "dc'ing from the net" and it occured to me that zune doesn't even care if i'm not connected to the net to begin with at all - just checks and tells me i'm aup to date. So, major breakthrough, it's using my phones wi-fi! Turned that off (along with the data connection for cellular too) and tried again.

Now here's the weird part, no matter how "late" i dc from the net, zune says it can't check the servers for the update. On my last few attempts, i didn't do anything - left the net connected and tried to see if it could check for an update ; no.

Bottom line ; My zune client can't use the internet connection on my PC to check for updates, my phone HAS TO BE connected to the internet in some way for zune to be able to check for updates.

This is really weird, i'm wondering if i somehow "forbid" zune from connecting to the internet somehow (unlikely as i can browse the marketplace there) - i'm using the standard security essentials set from MS and nothing more - where would one check this?

Still having trouble. Initially got the update process to start. The process failed on step 6 or 7... and then I remembered that my phone doesn't like to sync/backup/update over the front USB panel. I plugged it directly into the motherboard, and now I'm having a bitch of a time tricking the system again.

HTC Trophy on Vodafone - worked for me!!
Only had to do the two updates. Normal method didn't work - this "forced" method worked OK for me!!! HURRAH!

hougtimo said,
This is working for Omnia 7's on Three (UK)

Same here, I'm not waiting an extra week or so behind everyone else. I'm not going with Samsung again after the mess they have had.

Yeah it works...kinda angry I didn't just stick with Mango Beta...its essentially the same thing...except I got hidden WiFi now...the Visual Voicemail is still not there. Damn you at&t, I thought you were all for Windows Phones and then you pull this fast one... iPhones have it, Blackberries have it, but why can't Windows Phones?

Sionic Ion said,
Yeah it works...kinda angry I didn't just stick with Mango Beta...its essentially the same thing...except I got hidden WiFi now...the Visual Voicemail is still not there. Damn you at&t, I thought you were all for Windows Phones and then you pull this fast one... iPhones have it, Blackberries have it, but why can't Windows Phones?

Did you talk to them to find out why? Maybe you have to sign up for it, or they haven't gotten it ready for Mango yet

Why would they push the update out if they weren't ready for Mango? I don't have much luck talking with customer support, they usually have no idea what you're talking about.

Sionic Ion said,
Why would they push the update out if they weren't ready for Mango? I don't have much luck talking with customer support, they usually have no idea what you're talking about.

Have you gone to the AT&T site to check the features you have enabled on your plan? If it is anything like T-Mobile, you have to manually enable the Visual Voicemail feature there.

roadwarrior said,

Have you gone to the AT&T site to check the features you have enabled on your plan? If it is anything like T-Mobile, you have to manually enable the Visual Voicemail feature there.

+1 and some carriers charge for Visual Voicemail too...

Sraf said,

Did you talk to them to find out why? Maybe you have to sign up for it, or they haven't gotten it ready for Mango yet


If it works anything like T-Mobile, you need to turn on the option in your account settings on their web site.

I can report, it's works successfully. Since Sprint already outed 7392 in May, all I had to get was 7403, then updated again to 7720 (Mango RTM). A great tip... WPCentral is a great place for Windows Phone fans.

mikesingh said,
I can report, it's works successfully. Since Sprint already outed 7392 in May, all I had to get was 7403, then updated again to 7720 (Mango RTM). A great tip... WPCentral is a great place for Windows Phone fans.

This is cool! It worked! Thank you very much to the OP for a great tip!