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How to Check and update your Android version

What is an Android device?

It is an open-source operating system used for smartphones and tablet computers. Developed by Google based on Linus kernel for touch screen smartphones and tablets.


When you are using an android device, there is need to sometimes update it to the next available version. This is to enhance the phones OS and make it function even better. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you. You can also check for updates manually.

To know Your Android version

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Near the bottom, tap System and then About phone or About tablet depending on your type or make of phone.
  3. Now scroll down to “Android version” and “Android security patch level.”

This is when you want to know your android version.

Latest Android updates

When there is an update, you will get a notification, open it and tap the update action.


In a situation whereby you cleared your notification or your device has been offline, not to worry. just follow the steps below:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. This can be found at the bottom, tap System and then System update. (If needed, first tap About phone or About tablet.)
  3. You’ll see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps.

Update with WI-FI or network

Connect your device to Wi-Fi or to your network data

Open your device’s Settings. It’s typically a gear-shaped (⚙) icon but could also be an app that looks like a series of slider bars.

Scroll down and tap About Device. It’s near the bottom of the menu.

  • On a tablet, you may need to tap the General tab at the top of the screen first.tablet-update

Tap Update. It’s at the top of the menu, and depending on the version of Android you’re running, may read “Software Update” or “System Firmware Update”.

Tap Check for Updates. Your device will search for available system updates.

  • Many versions of Android are device-specific. Your device will only search for updates that are compatible with your device.

Tap Update. When there is an update available, this button will appear at the top of the menu.

Wait for the installation to complete. Your phone will automatically reboot during the installation. Wait until it finishes the installation.


Important Notice

  • It’s a good practice to back up your Android before updating it, just in case you have to restore a previous version of your Android’s operating system later.
  • It is always good to connect your phone to a charger before updating it. This will ensure that you have enough battery life to complete the update and not to go off during update as this may cause more harm than good to the phone.
  • It is advised not to use cellular data to update your Android phone, as this will likely incur additional fees charges.
  • For android phones that are old and kind of obsolate, it may not support update due to it’s old and even if updates are available, it may not update still.

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