Android powers millions of smartphones and tablet around the world. Since android is an open source platform, it is updating constantly and new versions come regularly. Android device manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, Sony and many more roll out frequent software updates for their devices. These updates serve security updates, bug fixes, better performance and also provide new features and functionality. So it’s highly recommendable to keep your android devices up to date to enjoy best performance and features for your device. The best and safest way to update your device is through the OTA update. You can also update your device by rooting it and installing a custom ROM but this may void your device’s warranty and can even damage your device.
Here are the guidelines about how to update your android device:
1) As a precaution, it is safe to backup your important data and files. The upgrade usually does not affect the files but there is a small chance that you may lose your files.
2) Check whether any update is available for your device or not. You can check for updates by opening device’s Settings app.
3) In Settings, scroll down to find ‘About phone’ or ‘About tablet’ and tap to open it. This will show you device’s information such model number, android version, kernel version, etc.
4) Check the android version which your device is running. You might already be running the latest version of android. The latest version is Android 7 Nougat which will become available for more and more devices in next few months.
5) Look for the ‘System updates’ option after opening ‘About phone’.
6) Tap ‘Check for updates’ button or similar option. You need to be connected to the internet in order to check for updates. Your device will now check for updates and notify you if any latest update is available. Availability of new updates depends on the device manufacturers, whether the manufacturer has rolled out any update or not.
7) If an update is available, your device will ask for your permission whether you wish to continue and install the update. If you select yes then the device will begin downloading the update. This could take a while if the update size is big. It is better to download the update over Wi-Fi as the file size can be large.
8) When the device has finished downloading the update, the device will reboot in order to install the update. This process may take 5 to 10 minutes and will make your device inoperable. It is advised to plug your device into its charger during installation. If not plugged in, the battery may run out which can damage your phone and can even result in a dead phone.
Once your device restarts, it will be upgraded to the latest version of android. You can now enjoy the new features and functions of your android device.