We often update the apps installed in our Android smartphones. But the Android OS also needs to be updated to get the best performance from the device. Here we will give the step by step guide to update Android smartphone or tablet.
First step is to check what is the version of the Android installed in your device. The latest version is Android 7 Nougat, which will gradually be available to more devices. Marshmallow is 6.x, Lollipop is 5.x, and KitKat is version 4.4.x, with 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 all coming under the code name name Jelly Bean.
If your device is running on Android version lower than Jelly Bean then it is highly unlikely that update will be available for your device.
Back up of all important data must be taken. All contacts, photos, and any other personal files should be saved so that it can retrieved later.
Now navigate to the Setting menu of the device. On most of the Android devices this is done via the app menu or notification bar. Usually the Setting app has a cog wheel or spanner logo.
Next thing is to scroll down the Settings menu and click on ‘About Phone’ or ‘About Tablet’ as the device may be. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will usually appear in the ‘general’ section of the device.
The menu can vary in different devices. Then click the ‘Software Update’ or similar button.
This section of the menu details which version of Android your device is running – click on ‘Software info‘.
The last step is to search for the available update. If you are taken to another menu, select the ‘Software update check’ button or similar.
When an update is available your android device then you will be asked for permission if you wish to install it in your device. Only if you give permission then the system will download and install the new software and reboot the device.
It is advised to install such updates over wi-fi network. Usually updates are usually large files so using wi-fi is better option over 3G/4G network.