nRF Connect Programmer v1.4.1 or later

Programming the nRF52840 Dongle

Programming the nRF52840 Dongle in nRF Connect Programmer requires a different approach than programming the nRF51 Dongle.

To program the nRF52840 Dongle:

  1. Open nRF Connect for Desktop and launch nRF Connect Programmer.
  2. Insert the nRF52840 Dongle into a USB port on the computer.
  3. Put the dongle into bootloader mode by pressing the RESET button.
    Figure 1. nRF52840 Dongle overview
    Pressing the RESET button
    Note:
    • This step is not needed if the currently running application uses the DFU trigger library.
    • If this is the first time the dongle is connected, a driver needed for the nRF52840 USB DFU feature is also installed as part of this step.
    The status light (LD2) will start pulsing red, which indicates that the dongle is powered up and in bootloader mode. After a few seconds, the computer recognizes the dongle as a USB composite device.
  4. In the navigation bar in the Programmer app, click Select device and select the serial number of the dongle from the drop-down list.
  5. Drag and drop the HEX file into the File Memory Layout section. Alternatively, click Add HEX file on the right pane (named as File) to add the files you want to program, by using one of the following options:
    • Select the files you used recently.
    • If there are no recently used files, click Browse from the drop-down list.
  6. Select the firmware image file (with the extension .hex) from the file browser that opens up.
  7. Click Write to program the firmware onto the dongle.

When the writing process completes, the device resets and – unless the application uses the DFU Trigger Library – the dongle will no longer show up in the Programmer app, as it is no longer in the bootloader mode.