How to update your Android phone

The Android ecosystem has come a long way since the early days when manufacturers rarely updated their devices. Today almost all manufacturers roll out monthly or quarterly security updates for their devices, and they roll out critical Android updates quickly.

In addition to regular operating system updates, there is also a Google Play system update that Google is rolling out directly to all Android devices.

If you’ve recently moved to the world of Android or are unsure how to check for and install new updates on your Android device, follow this guide.

What are Android Updates?

Downloading and installing updates on your Android device is a little different than installing app updates from the Play Store. It is always a good idea to update your Android phone to the available software update as it can fix bugs and improve the security of your device.

Also, a new OS update can introduce a lot of new features for you to play around with, which is a great way to update your Android phone without buying a new one.

How to update your Google Pixel

From time to time, Google introduces monthly security updates and new operating system updates for its Pixel phones. In most cases, you will receive a notification when a new system update is available. However, you can manually check for updates and download them Google Pixel as.

  1. Navigate to Settings> System> System update on your Pixel smartphone.

  2. Tap Check for update. Your pixel will then check for available software updates.

  3. If available, a Download Button is displayed. Tap on it to start the download process.

Since Pixel smartphones offer seamless updates, the update is installed in the background when your phone is idle. After that, all you have to do is restart your device for the changes to take effect.

This speeds up the entire software update installation process significantly, unlike other Android phones which are typically unavailable for 5-10 minutes during the installation of an update.

To download and install the latest Google Play system update on your Pixel phone, go to Settings> Security and tap on Google Play system update Button. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed.

How to update your Samsung device

Installing the latest software update on a Samsung Galaxy device is a relatively straightforward process. However, since Galaxy devices don’t support seamless updates, the installation process takes longer than a Pixel phone.

  1. Navigate to Settings> Software Update> Download and Install.

  2. Your Samsung Galaxy device will connect to the servers and check for available software updates.

  3. If available, the changelog and download size of the update will be displayed along with a Download Button. Start the download to start the installation process.

After the download is complete, you can start the installation process by tapping Install now Button. Since the process can take up to 10 minutes, you can postpone it until later in the day.

It is also recommended that you manually check for new Google Play system updates for your Galaxy device from time to time. These updates are usually installed automatically in the background, but it’s also not bad to check manually every now and then.

  1. Go to Settings> Biometrics and Security and tap on Google Play system update.

  2. Your device will then check for a Google Play update and ask you to install one if available.

Here’s how to update your OnePlus device

OnePlus devices run OxygenOS and the company rolls out frequent updates for them. Installing the latest software update on OnePlus devices is relatively easy.

  1. Open the Settings app and navigate to System> System Updates.

  2. Your OnePlus phone will then search for all available updates and download them.

To install the latest Google Play update, go to Settings> Security & lock screen> Google Play system update. Tap the Check for update to download all available updates. Your device will restart during the installation process.

How to update your Oppo device

Oppo devices run on ColorOS. Although the company tends not to roll out updates as frequently as some other Android manufacturers, its software update policy has improved recently.

  1. Open minded settings and navigate to About the device. Then tap on the ColorOS banner that you see at the very top and mention the build number your device is currently running.

  2. Your Oppo device will then check for available software updates. If available, you will be prompted to download and install it.

Installing the latest Google Play system update on your Oppo device is a little more complicated than it should be as the option is buried deep in the Settings menu.

You have to go over to Settings> Password & Security> System Security> Google Play System Update. Your Oppo phone will then check for available updates for the Google Play system.

How to update your Xiaomi or Poco device

Xiaomi often tends to roll out regular MIUI updates for its devices. You can get the latest update for your Xiaomi, Redmi, or Poco device by following the steps below:

  1. Open minded settings and go to Via phone.

  2. Tap the MIUI version card that appears, followed by Check for updates Button.

Your device then connects to Xiaomi’s update servers to check and download available software updates.

Go to Settings> Passwords & Security> Privacy> Google Play System Update to install Google Play system updates on your Redmi device. Your phone will then automatically check for available new Google Play system updates and download them.

The process is the same for Poco phones as they are also performed on MIUI.

Always keep your Android device up to date

It’s always a good idea to keep your Android device up to date as new software updates tend to improve or bring new features, add the latest security patch, fix bugs, and a lot more. They help keep your Android device running smoothly and safely. Plus, they’re free, so there’s no harm in installing them.

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