It nearly goes without saying that you should maintain the most recent Android upgrades on your phone. The most recent software eliminates bugs and software incompatibility concerns and reduces the risk of security vulnerabilities. Your phone is programmed to instal these updates automatically, but you can manually check for and instal an update in the Settings app.

How to update an Android device

Depending on the Android version and phone type you have, the precise procedure for updating your Android may differ slightly. However, most devices may be updated using this method:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Scroll down and tap System.

3. Tap System update.

The System menu in Settings for Android

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.

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How to Get Security and Google Play System Updates

As a general rule, you should never need to manually instal security updates or Google Play system updates; your device should do it automatically. However, if you wish to instal an update more quickly, you can execute the update manually.

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap Security.

3. Tap Google Security Checkup. If there is an update available, follow the instructions to install it.

4. Tap Google Play system update. Again, if there’s an update available, follow the install instructions.

The Security menu in Settings for Android

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How to Tell when You’ll Get an Android Update

It is intended that updates will occur automatically and without your intervention. Typically, the mobile carrier or, in some cases, the device manufacturer schedules these updates.

If you own a Google Pixel phone, for instance, Google schedules updates to arrive within two weeks of their general release. Other manufacturers and carriers have their own schedules, which can vary significantly, particularly if your phone’s operating system is not a pure version of the Android OS and requires extensive development time beyond the Android update’s release date. The release schedule can be found on the website of your phone’s maker or service provider.