How To Update Android In 6 Easy Steps

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How To Update Android In 6 Easy Steps

Google rolls out Android updates annually. Knowing how to update your Android ensures your phone, computer, or other device runs on the latest OS and works properly. However, not everyone knows how to update their Android devices. Some people don’t know where to start. Fortunately, updating Android isn’t complicated as it seems.

Some devices may automatically upgrade their firmware version. Doing a manual upgrade would also speed up the update. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to update your Android operating system in six simple steps. With the help of this guide, you’ll have the latest version of your Android operating system up and running in no time.

What’s an Android Update?

Before jumping into the steps, it is important to know what we mean by Android update. This is a software update such as an Operating System ( OS) based on Linux and other open-source software. New systems typically include new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements for your device. So, keeping your device updated means fewer problems or compatibility issues. 

Updates are released regularly to ensure your device runs optimally and securely. Updating your device also helps protect you from malicious software and potential cyber-attacks. Additionally, newer software versions often come with improved performance and more features, so staying current is beneficial. Updating your Android device is easy and should only take a few minutes.

Android OS was primarily designed for tablets, smartphones, and touchscreen devices. Its design allows users to manipulate finger movements through pinching, tapping, and swiping. Google has developed Android OS for televisions and wristwatches. Updating your Android device unlocks new features and ensures efficiency and optimal functionality. Keeping your device up to date also eliminates bugs and insecurity issues.

How to Update Android

You may think updating your Android is complex, but the truth is it’s pretty easy. Once the update is complete, your device should run with no problems. Follow the steps below to update your old android system version to a new one and enjoy the new features.

Step 1: Connect Your Phone to the Internet

The first step is to ensure your phone is connected to a working Internet connection. You will need your phone’s data or WiFi to complete the update. 

Connect to your Wi-Fi.

Also, ensure your phone has enough charge so it won’t switch off in the middle of an update. Some phones require up to 75% charge to complete an update. You can also update while connected to the charger.

Step 2: Go to Your Phone Settings

Scroll through your phone apps and go to Settings. Click on the app to open the features. 

Phone settings let you customize or update your phone.

Step 3: Click on System

After tapping on settings, scroll down to the  System icon on your device. It is the last feature on the screen after opening your settings. Click on this icon. 

Under System, you will see the option to update your OS.

This feature may vary among other Android devices. Some devices will show the About Phone instead of the System feature. In this case, click on the System option.

Step 4: Tap on the System Updates

Scroll down the system feature to the System updates. It is the second last feature showing on your screen. Click to open this feature.

Tap on system updates to initial OS upgrade


Step 5: Tap on the Online Upgrade Feature

The ONLINE UPGRADE feature shows that you can only update your phone while connected to the internet. Ensure you have a stable network, then click on the icon. 

Online upgrade typically requires a strong and stable internet connection.

Step 6: Tap on Resume 

After clicking on ONLINE UPGRADE, tap on the Resume feature and proceed to update to the latest version of your Android device. However, if your Android system is already up to date, it asks you to check for updates. This feature shows all the available updates and features.

Click Resume to initiate OS upgrade.

You will also see the amount of data required to update your device. After clicking the Resume, your phone will automatically start updating to the new version. 

These steps may be different for different devices. However, they form the basic guidelines for a manual Android update on any device. Depending on your operating system, the final steps may be several options like Reboot and install, install now, or system software update. Tap appropriately and enjoy an updated version of your phone.

How To Update Android: Bottom Line

Updating your Android is a simple task. You can easily do it manually on your device. With new features and conveniences, you will have fun using your devices. If you follow the above steps, you will have an easy time updating your phone or device.

It’s vital to keep up with the updates and upgrade your phone once a new version launches. This way, you will get a stable and bug-free firmware version. Your phone usage experience will also get better and more interesting. An updated Android is also good for data protection. It prevents hackers and other malicious activities from accessing your device’s data. Go to your phone settings today and get that upgrade.

For a quick overview of what you’ve just learnt check out the video below which will walk you through the process of updating your Android device.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don't upgrade my  Android?

If you don’t update your device, your phone will be vulnerable to attacks, risking your data. You will also miss out on new features while experiencing a phone slowdown. Your phone battery life will also be at risk making it very unreliable. 



What should I do when my Android device says 'insufficient space,' yet I have plenty of space?

If you see the message, ‘insufficient storage’ pops up. It means it’s time you clear your phone memory or cache. You may delete some apps, videos, or music to create room for your device update. You can also use external storage like an SD card to store some information.

In cases where your phone still has enough space but the message shows up, it means your operating system has used up your free space. To deal with this, tap on your phone’s Uninstall Updates feature. This will force your phone to re-evaluate and update its storage. It will also reset your Google play store into factory settings.

What does the latest Android version do?

The latest version of Android has multiple new features which are more advanced and improved than the previous ones. It allows you to have smart home control. This feature allows you to control your home devices without unlocking your phone. 

Other benefits of the latest Android version are:

  • Improved privacy settings 
  • Better display settings have been pushed together with font settings under one menu.
  • An upgraded navigation bar which now looks like an iOS that thickens along the bottom of the display
  • It has screen recording options.  
  • Its split-screen feature allows you to operate on two different apps.




Can I upgrade my old device to the new version?

Every Android phone has an update available. The manufacturers usually ensure that an update is developed and ready for use. The Support section is where you will find the update feature in the Downloads section. 

Most phones, however, have a small life span. Google provides an update for phones used for 2 to 3 years. If this is the case with your phone, it’s time for a replacement.

How do I know if I am using the latest version of my Android device?

To know the version of Android you are using, go to the settings app on your phone and click About Phone. You will find an Android version, Build Number, and security update.

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