How To Update Android Phone: A Complete Guide…

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 05/17/21 •  5 min read

In this post we’ll discuss everything you need to know about updating your Android phone, including all current Android versions and how to manually check for updates…


Android has come a long way since its release in 2008, the development in its interface, display, and other features has been something to behold.

Every year, Android releases new versions with exciting new features. We will show you how not to miss out on them by guiding you on how to update your Android devices to the latest OS.

We will talk about how to check and update your Android phone.

Likewise, we will also show you how to update the apps on your device to keep you updated with new features and security patches.

A Brief Rundown of Android OS Available

Since its release in 2008, Android has steadily been improving both graphically and security-wise. They started with number coding of their updates, later moved to confectionary name coding, but they are now back to number coding.

Below are the previous releases and where we are now.

Google is set to release another version this 2021 and it is going to be called Android 12.

How Updates Are Rolled Out

#1: Android Updates

Typically, phones that run stock Android like Google Pixel, get the latest updates first. Other manufacturers get it months after release. 

These manufacturers roll out the updates late because they need time to prepare their devices to be able to work with whatever features that come with the updates.

If you own a newer and high-end device, the chances of getting updates faster are higher, but old and low-budget devices might find it difficult to get the update, or not get it at all.

#2: Firmware Updates

Different phone brands also follow this method to roll out their firmware update. Newer and high-end phones get it faster while low-budget phones and older phones find it difficult to get it or not get it at all.

#3: Phone App Updates

There are also updates rolled out for apps that run on your phones. These updates come with new features and bug fixes. 

These apps can be updated for as long as your device and OS supports them. Some brands discontinue the updates of some phone apps after a while.

How To Update Android Phone

Method 1: Push Notification

For some phones, push notifications of updates will be sent to the phone. Simply tap on the notification and follow the instructions to update your OS.

But before you commence the update, it is that you:

Method 2: Check And Initiate The Update Manually

Your phone brand or carrier might not send you push notifications to notify you of recent updates available to you. You can manually check your phone to know the version of the OS you are running and the updates available to you.

To do this:

Method 3: Root Your phone

This is necessary only if your Android phone does not receive updates. Some phones will not receive android updates anymore when they are deemed old by manufacturers. 

In such cases, rooting your phone will give you access to updates whenever you want them. Read How to root Android phone to learn about rooting.

How To Update Phone System OS Or Firmware

Different manufacturers also have an operating system that runs on their phones. Periodically, they also release updates to enhance the workings of your mobile devices.

To check and install this update on your phone:

Before you initiate the process above, make sure your phone is fully charged, you have sufficient data or connected to Wi-Fi and you have the required space for the update.

How To Update Your Phone Apps

You have the option of updating all your phone apps automatically or select a few that you are interested in updating.

To enable any of the settings for updates:

A Final Word…

These are the ways you can keep your Android OS, phone firmware and your phone apps updated.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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