How to Install New Android Updates

It may seem obvious to some, but we’ve all wondered one day: how do you update your Android phone? Of course it depends on your manufacturer and operator, but in general the method is the same for everyone. You only need a few taps to get the latest version of Android (provided the manufacturer offers the update, of course).

The first Android version, called 1.0, was released in 2008 and has seen many updates to fix bugs and add new features to your phone or tablet. For the record, apart from the first Android versions, all the others have pastry names starting with Cupcake, then others such as Donut, Gingerbread or Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, Android Pie and probably also this summer Android Q which is the latest version (which is currently only available in beta).

Due to the fragmentation problem, only 15% of users have Android Oreo. © AndroidPIT

Search for latest system updates

There’s a very simple way to check if your device is compatible with one of the newer Android versions, just follow the steps below. Here is how to proceed under Pie (in our example we use a One Plus 6).

1.Go to your device settings

2.Click on System

3. Click System Update

4. Then click on Update if you see an update available.


This is the menu on a OnePlus 6. © ANDROIDPIT

It may happen that the update option is placed directly in the About section, depending on the models and versions. Either way, your smartphone or tablet will let you know if an update is available. If your phone allows it, you will be able to download it.

Not all devices will necessarily be able to benefit from all the latest updates.

It is important to note that not all devices will necessarily be able to install the latest updates, it will depend on the manufacturer, your model and sometimes your operator. 

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Other methods

It is not impossible that your manufacturer may offer an additional method to update your system. This is the case, for example, of Huawei/Honor with the HiCare application. 

It is also important to specify that you can make a manual update if you don’t want to wait for the manufacturer to offer it for download. Usually you have to install it from the manufacturer’s site and then launch it manually (via the smartphone interface). Rest assured, the information needed for the installation is usually given on the manufacturer’s page.

Helpful hints

Installing an update will not reset your phone: it means that you will keep your information, contacts or photos. Only the interface / system you will use will be different or improved. Be careful, however, that the phone does not discharge during installation. The best is to plug it in to avoid any risk.

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