Installing the required software

To be able to update the nRF9160 DK firmware and certificates, you must install several apps for nRF Connect for Desktop.

nRF Connect for Desktop is a cross-platform framework for development applications. It contains apps for programming firmware, monitoring LTE links, power optimization, and more.

You can download nRF Connect for Desktop from our website.
Note: On macOS and Linux, you must download and install the SEGGER J-Link Software separately.

After installing and starting the main application, you see an overview of available apps. Click the arrow down button to display additional information about each app.

You must install the following apps:
  • Programmer
  • LTE Link Monitor

To install the app:

  1. Open nRF Connect for Desktop.
  2. Find the app in the list of apps and click Install.
Once the app is installed, you can launch it by clicking Open.

For easy access, you can create a desktop shortcut by clicking the arrow down button and selecting Create shortcut.

If a new version of the app becomes available, an Update button is displayed next to the Open button. Click this button to install the latest version. To uninstall the app, click the arrow down button and select Uninstall.

If you plan to build your own application, you must install the nRF Connect SDK in addition. This installation requires big downloads, which can take some time. Therefore, you might want to start the installation while you continue with the initial test. See Installing the nRF Connect SDK for instructions.