How to Update an Android Device

  • Your Android phone should update automatically to install any new software and security fixes.
  • If you want to get an update faster, you can find available updates in the System section of the Settings app.
  • You can also get security and Google Play updates in the Security section of the Settings app.
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It almost goes without saying that you should keep your phone current with the latest Android updates. The newest software eliminates bugs and software incompatibility issues and minimizes the chance of being affected by security flaws. Your phone is designed to install these updates automatically, but if you want to check for and install an update before it’s scheduled, you can do that in the Settings app with just a few taps. 

How to update an Android device

Depending on which version of Android you own and what model phone you have, the exact process for updating your Android might vary slightly. But most devices can be updated in this way:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Scroll down and tap System.

3. Tap System update.

The System menu in Settings for Android

Go to System Update in Settings to see if there’s an update waiting for you.

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4. The phone will show you your current system update status. If there’s an update available, follow the instructions to install the latest version. 

How to get security and Google Play system updates

As a general rule, you should never need to perform security updates or Google Play system updates manually — your phone should install these updates for…