Up­date An­droid on a phone or tablet

CHRIS MARTIN walks you though the process

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If an An­droid up­date is avail­able to your de­vice you’ll find it in your phone or tablet’s Set­tings menu. How­ever, just be­cause a newer ver­sion of Google’s OS ex­ists it doesn’t mean it will be avail­able for your de­vice – now or ever. That is en­tirely de­pen­dent on what de­vice you have (and some­times which op­er­a­tor you are with). Un­for­tu­nately, about two years into the de­vice’s life­time you might see up­dates be­com­ing

rarer. There are no obli­ga­tions from the man­u­fac­tur­ers to sup­port up­dates for older mod­els.

Check An­droid is up to date

If you don’t al­ready know, you can see what ver­sion of An­droid your phone or tablet is run­ning in the Set­tings > About phone/About tablet/ About de­vice menu. You may have to tap on ‘Soft­ware in­for­ma­tion’ if the ver­sion is not dis­played.

The lat­est ver­sion is An­droid 8 Oreo, which will be­come avail­able for more de­vices over the com­ing months. Mean­while, Nougat is ver­sion 7x, Marsh­mal­low is 6.x, Lol­lipop is 5.x, KitKat is 4.4.x, and 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 are all Jelly Bean. If your de­vice is run­ning any­thing older than Jelly Bean, then un­less you’ve sim­ply never up­dated the soft­ware it’s un­likely that an up­date will be avail­able. The man­u­fac­turer prob­a­bly doesn’t sup­port this de­vice any longer.

Back up your data

It’s good prac­tice to back up your data such as con­tacts and pho­tos. The up­grade shouldn’t af­fect your data but there are no guar­an­tees.

En­ter Set­tings

Nav­i­gate to the Set­tings menu on your de­vice. On most An­droid de­vices this can be done via the app

menu or no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar. Typ­i­cally the Set­tings app will have a cog or span­ner logo.

About Phone or Tablet

Scroll down the Set­tings menu and click on ‘About Phone’, ‘About Tablet’ or per­haps ‘About De­vice’. If you have a tabbed set­tings menu this will ap­pear in the ‘Gen­eral’ sec­tion.

Soft­ware Up­date

The menu can vary from de­vice to de­vice, but look for and click the ‘Soft­ware Up­date’ or sim­i­lar but­ton.

Search for an up­date

Your phone or tablet will now search for an avail­able up­date. If you are taken to an­other menu, se­lect the ‘Soft­ware up­date check’ but­ton or sim­i­lar.

If an up­date is avail­able your de­vice then you will be asked whether you wish to in­stall it. If you se­lect yes then the sys­tem will down­load and in­stall the new soft­ware and re­boot.

Note: You de­vice may re­quire a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion to search for an up­date. We also rec­om­mend down­load­ing the soft­ware over Wi-Fi be­cause the file size can be large.

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