How to Update Android: Check for and Install Android Version Updates

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How to Update Android: Check for and Install Android Version Updates
Highlights
  • It is very easy to update Android on almost all devices
  • However, manufacturers don’t often ship Android updates
  • Security updates are more common and can be downloaded easily

Software updates are critical for every Android device. It's a bit of a shame that most of these don't receive even basic security updates, forget Android OS updates. How to update Android is a common question that many people ask. There is no singular answer to that question as the exact steps vary by manufacturer, Android version, and sometimes even from one device to another even if both were made by the same company. If you are wondering how to update Android on your device, this guide will show you the basic steps, but the exact method may vary slightly.

How to update Android

Follow these steps to update Android on your device. We have verified these steps on some phones from Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia, and Google, but if your phone uses a different UI on top of Android then these steps may vary.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Most Android devices have a search option at the top. Search for Update. This will show you the System update or its equivalent setting.
  3. Tap System Update.
  4. Tap Check now or Check for updates.
  5. Now you will see an update, if there is any. Tap Download and Install.

This will update Android on your device, once the download is complete. Your device may restart multiple times during the update process, so don't panic. If nothing happens after step 4, it means that your device is most probably on the latest version of Android released by the manufacturer.

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