How to update an Android OS

Android releases updates to its operating system on a regular basis to enhance functions, fix bugs and introduce new features. The specific process of updating your device varies by which device you own, but all use a similar approach. Once you've received notification that an upgrade is waiting for your device, back your system up to prevent any data loss due to the upgrade. And ensure your device's battery is fully charged, as these types of updates take time to complete and should not be interrupted.

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Android devices get a notification of upgrades.

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Turn on your Android device.

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Android device
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Initial settings screen

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Depending on your device and the version of Android running on it, find the device settings. The most typical method is to view all installed apps on your device and select the "Settings" icon.

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Tap on "About Phone"

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Select “About Phone” or the equivalent for your device.

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Tap on “System Updates”

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Tap on “Software Updates” or the equivalent to enable your device to automatically check for the update. If there’s no new software to be downloaded, you’ll see a message confirming you are fully updated.

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No update found.

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Press “Install Now” to upgrade. The update will download and your phone will restart.