How to install new Android updates

How to install new Android updates

It may seem obvious to some, but we all wondered one day: how to update your Android phone? It depends of course on your manufacturer and your operator, but in general, the method is the same for all. You only need a few taps to get the latest version of Android (provided that the manufacturer offers the update, of course).

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The first Android version, called 1.0, was released in 2008 and has had many updates to fix bugs and add new features to your phone or tablet. For the record, apart from the first Android versions, all the others have names of pastries starting with Cupcake, then others such as Donut, Gingerbread or Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, Android Pie and probably also this summer Android Q which is the latest version (which is currently only available in beta ).

Because of the fragmentation problem, barely 15% of users have Android Oreo.
Because of the fragmentation problem, barely 15% of users have Android Oreo. © Mobile Phone Technology

Check for the latest system updates

There is a very simple way to check if your device is compatible with one of the newer Android versions, just follow the steps that follow. Here is how to do it in Pie (in our example we use a One Plus 6).

  1. Go to your device settings
  2. Click on System
  3. Click on System Update
  4. Then click Update if you see an available update

The update option may be placed directly in the “About” section, it depends on the models and versions. Either way, your smartphone or tablet will let you know if an update is available. If your phone allows it, you will be able to download it.

Not all devices will be able to benefit from all the most recent updates

It is important to specify that not all devices will necessarily be able to install the most recent updates, this will depend on the manufacturer, your model and sometimes your operator.

Other methods

It is not difficult that your manufacturer offers a further way to update your system. This is the case for example of Huawei / Honor with the HiCare application.

It is also important to clarify that you can do a manual update if you do not want to wait for the manufacturer to offer it for download. Generally, it must be installed from the manufacturer’s site and then launched manually (via the smartphone interface). Rest assured, the information necessary for installation is most of the time indicated on the manufacturer’s page.

Good to know

Installing an update will not reset your phone: it means that you will keep your information, contacts or photos. Only the interface/system you use will be different or improved. However, be careful that the phone does not discharge during installation. It is best to plug it in to avoid any risk.

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