How to update/upgrade an Android.

How to update or upgrade Android.

How to get the latest Android updates on your smartphone or tablet.

Android OS is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. To use all the features of your Android smartphone or tablet, you need to regularly update the firmware.

How to update an Android on your device, what is the latest version available for download and why it is necessary to upgrade the firmware? What are the benefits of updating Android? You’ll get the answers in this article.

Android updates brings a range of improvements and new features. Your Android tablet or smartphone usually will let you know, when the update will be available for installation. If you want to know, when your device will get a new version of Android and how long it get updates – contact the customer service team of smartphone or tablet manufacturer.

For most Android devices, updates are available for 2 years after a phone or tablet has been released. After this period there is no guarantee that you will be able to upgrade to the latest version of Android. Moreover, many manufacturers are interested in that as soon as possible to stop supporting older devices to stimulate new sales. That’s why, some tablets get android updates and some not.

Usually, Google provides upgrades to Android every 6-9 months. There are two ways of Android upgrading: OTA – over the air or manual upgrade. Most Android-devices are capable to receive newer version of Android over the air (OTA).

Android updates fixes bugs of previous versions, which helps to improve security (vulnerabilities to malware).  To see the date of your smartphone’s tablet’s latest security patch, open “Settings” – “About phone” (“About tablet”) – “Android security patch level”.

How to install the latest Android updates automatically:

  1. First you need to check which version of Android is currently installed on your device. Tap your device’s menu button when you are on the Home screen. Open Settings application on your android smartphone or tablet. Go to “About device”, “About phone” or “About tablet” – “Software information” – “Android version”.Android Update, how to check version.
  2. What is the latest Android version (release) available for upgrade at the moment. Android versions history and release dates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
  3. Make sure that your device supports the latest version of Android. Not all smartphones or tablets support the latest version of the Firmware. It depends on the model and manufacturer (LG, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Google) of the device (some might not even get updated). Tap “System” – “About device (phone/tablet)” – “System Updates” – “Check for Updates”.Check for Android updates.
  4. In most cases, the update is completed without errors. But for complete safety, you need to make a backup.
  5. Your device must be plugged into its charger during the Android updating process.
  6. Open your device’s “Settings” – “About device” – “About phone” or “About tablet” and tap “System updates” (“Software updates”).Download Android updates.
  7. After installation, your smartphone/tablet may reboot. Now you can check your android version again (^Step-1^).

Tips:

  • What to do if an Android update fails? It will automatically starts again over the next few days.If an update fails, your device will automatically try again over the next few days. Wait a while before you try again to install updates.
  • If the update is to large you may be required to be on Wi-fi to download it or update your phone on a computer via USB.
  • To learn more about Android Updates, visit the official website – android.com.

Video tutorial:

Manual Android update.

If you rooted your phone or tablet, you’ll not be able to get official Android updates. In this case, you must manually update the firmware.

  1. You need to download the proper ROM for your smartphone’s tablet’s model. Try this websites: sammobile.com (for Samsung devices), flashtool.net (for Sony Devices), lg-phone-firmware.com (for LG devices).
  2. Download and install the specific software for your brand of phone or tablet. For Samsung – KIES, Odin; for Sony – Flashtool; HTC HTC Sync Manager, HTC One Tool Kit; LG – LG PC Suite, KDZ Firmware Updater; Motorola – RSD Lite. For other rooted devices, use ROM Manager and Custom Recovery apps.
  3. You need to backup your apps and data with  titanum backup or Helium.
  4. Connect your device to PC via USB and install the ROM.

Video tutorial:

Special features for certain Android-devices.

It is no secret that Google is the developer of the Android OS. So users of Nexus, Android One, Google Play edition devices and Pixel phones have some advantages. Updates for them appear much earlier and are more stable, because you get the latest upgrade of Android directly from Google.

Pixel phones install Android updates in the background, so you can use your Pixel phone normally. However, on the Nexus, Android One, Google Play edition devices you will need to wait until an Android upgrade finishes.

If you see a notification that says “not enough space available”, on your Pixel (Pixel XL) phone, try clearing space with “automatic storage and deletion” tool. Also you can see a notification like “insufficient storage available” on your Nexus, Google Play edition, Android One device, in this case, try clearing your device’s cache or uninstalling  apps.

How to install android updates on Samsung through PC.

To upgrade Android on Samsung Galaxy, Tab (or other models) you can use Samsung Kies. Its pretty easy and simple using that App, and it’s totally free.

How to do it:

  • Install latest Samsung Kies Software from official website. Here you can get Samsung Kies: http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/
  • Connect your phone or tablet to the PC’s (or laptop’s) USB port using USB Data Cable.
  • Wait for Kies to detect the device.
  • Click – “Update”.
  • Click – “Basic Information”.
  • Click – “Firmware Upgrade”.
  • Tick – “I have read all of the above information”.
  • Select – “Allow saving or Proceed without saving”.
  • Click – “Start Upgrade”.
  • Wait for the android update to complete, this may take 5-30 minutes.
  • Click – “OK”.
  • Turn off the device.
  • Wait 5-10 seconds after the device has powered off before turning it back on.

Video tutorial:

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