How To Update Android Phone?

Do you own a smartphone? The chances are it is an Android; an opens source Operating System from Google. Unlike in the earlier times when the smartphones used Google’s Android software, the latest phones are custom units built with tweaks and mods from the smartphone manufacturers. Hence, they are identified as forked versions of Android. Some of the newer Operating systems revived are Amazon’s Fire and many other versions that are developed under the Open Source Project. An independent research reveals that most of the latest smartphones running the Android version are forked, and the figures are as much 20% of all the models in the operating system market.

While the opens source has helped Google overshadow over other premium Smartphone makers Apple and Microsoft, Google is involved in an intense challenge with Open Source Project as they are vulnerable to threats of malware. And the vulnerability just escalates with older Android devices still being actively used. Hence, it is an essential rather than an option to upgrade the Operating System to the latest version to keep your phone in a robust state regarding performance and also security.

So, you will find in this article a solution – how to update Android Phone?

The Role Of Smartphone Makers

Before you settle down to make that much tempting update of your Android device, you need to bear in mind the importance of the smartphone maker that solely define the effectiveness of the update you are about to make. Most of the premium smartphone brands allow their users to make an upgrade. Their products are built to scalable standards and will positively support the transition from older Android version to the newer ones. On the contrary, the budgetary brands often limit the upgrades or may never allow the users to enjoy the benefits from the latest software updates, and you will have to satiate yourself with the stock version.

Before you press ahead with the updates, you must make yourself aware of one general rule. Google’s Nexus is an exception to the typical Android update process. Since, it is a device that is built according to the Google’s unforked version of Android, it will always receive the updates to the latest version of Android. Also, devices that are branded under the Android One platform are an exception to the typical update process as Google has announced it will dispatch auto-updates to the latest version of Android to all the android one platform devices.

What’s Your Android Version?

Before updating your device, you must confirm what version of Android is being used. While Android comes in a variety of versions in a smartphone, most devices will have a settings icon on the home screen (wrench or a cogwheel).

After you access the Settings menu look for About phone label. The About Phone label may list a circular icon with the letter “i” inside it. Once you have opened the About Phone menu, locate the Android Version label. Listed below are number series that correspond to a particular version of Android. The 5.0.2 version corresponds to Lollipop. Google’s latest release is the Android 6.0 aka. Marshmallow. It was released in October 2015, unless you own a Nexus 5, 6, 9 or a Huawei P9 you will not be able to benefit from its features. However, if you waited a little longer, you may be eligible to use Marshmallows on your device as well.

Don’t Forget To Backup Data

It is the most commonly ignored fundamental rule before making an update. Many people lose potential data because they failed to save them before making the update. So, be warned, important items (contacts, photos, videos, music or documents) from your phone must be backed up before updating your device. So, in case you lose any data after the update, you will be able to retrieve it.

Check For Updates

After verifying the version of Android on your device, you can decide when to update. It is easy to update your device. You can use your device’s System Update or Software Update option depending on the brand. You will find the System Update option in the Settings or About Phone menu. Since the update is directly applied to your mobile device, it is recommended that you connect your device to a stable Wi-Fi network so that you can enjoy uninterrupted update process. It will also prevent you from incurring unnecessary data transmission charges as some software updates can be large.

Once you have the pre-update process figured out, tap the System Update button to elicit your gadget to check for latest updates. After completion of download, you can install the updates by following simple instructions. Once you have completed the installation, wait till your device reboots itself. Then, you can verify if you have successfully installed the new version of Android by checking the version under About Phone menu. But, sometimes, it may be impossible to locate the System Update option under the Setting list of your device. It means your phone manufacturers have not provided the option to upgrade your device. That means unless you root your smartphone you will not be able to benefit from the latest version of Android.

Alternate Update Methods

Many smartphone manufacturers will provide the update facility via the System Update function. However, due to the smartphone boom several lesser known smartphone makers operate their device on Android platforms. So, you will have to verify with your smartphone makers to confirm you are following the right update method. Check for the model make and number that will be listed on the device’s casing or it could also be found in the About Phone section, under the settings tab. Visit smartphone maker website to learn more about the update process for your device.   .

Updating your smartphone is essential not just to enhance its features that are visually amusing, but also every update features a robust security upgrade as well. These lesser known parts of the update will enhance the security of your device against a list of malware that can corrupt or devastate your phone’s functions or the valuable data.

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