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How to Update Android to the Latest Version?

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Almost everyone loves to have the latest version of software on board. The same goes for Android. Most people love to keep their Android devices up to date. In this article, we will be talking about how to update android to the latest version. Now it might seem very easy and simple to you but there are still many people who might not know about this. People switching from other operating systems and elderly people will surely find this guide on how to update android to the latest version helpful.

Why Should You Update Android?

Now before start talking about the steps, let’s talk about why you should update your Android smartphone. Well, there are many reasons. First of all, updating your Android smartphone can load a new version of Android on your device. A new version of Android will typically come with many new features, important fixes, and better resource management. For example, updating from Android 8.1Oreo to Android 9.0 Pie gave us the system-wide dark theme. Similarly, Android Q is expected to come with new features and improvements.

Other than upgrades to the new version of the OS you also get the latest security patches by updating your Android device. There could be numerous exploits in an OS which hackers find out to use for their advantage. However, Google is always working to fix those exploits and they push the fixes through security patches. Updating your Android smartphone will keep it safe from these issues.

How to Update Android to the Latest Version

Now let’s focus on how to update android to the latest version. Well, doing it is very easy and there are a few ways by which you can do it. The first is through OTA updates. This is probably the most simple and effective way to update your Android smartphone.

OTA (Over the Air) Updates

How to Update Android to the Latest Version

In most cases, you will get notifications for OTA updates. You can tap on the notification and then tap on the update button to start updating Android. Once downloaded it will ask to restart the device, just allow that. It will then install the update and once finished will boot with the latest Android version.

If there’s no notification available you can go through the following steps to update your phone.

  • Connect your Android phone to a Wi-Fi Network.
  • Go to Settings > About device, then tap on System Updates > Check for Updates.
  • Finally, tap on Update to download and install the latest Android version.
  • Your phone will automatically reboot and upgrade to the new Android version when the installation completed.

Root Your Device

How to Update Android to the Latest Version

So this was how to update android to the latest version using OTA. Now in most cases, smartphone manufacturers stop pushing OTA updates after one or two years from the launch of the device. In that case, you become stranded with the Android version you have. By rooting you can still get the latest version of Android along with many features which you don’t get in a normal version of Android.

However, it is worth noting that rooting is a quite complex process and you might end up bricking your device. Also, your warranty might go void if you perform root. So it is not the way most people go through. Still, many people root their devices because rooting has its own advantages like customizing Android the way you want. Though there will be a separate article about rooting your smartphone, for now here’s how to do it.

Note: We at MyFirstAndroid take no responsibility if anything goes wrong with your device while rooting.

  1. Download and install a root app on your computer.
  2. After running it, connect your phone to the PC via a USB cable.
  3. Run the root app and start the rooting process.
  4. Root your phone by following the corresponding prompts and instructions.
  5. Reboot your phone to access the latest version of the Android operating system.

So this is how you can root your phone and can get the latest version of Android. Anyways, it best to back up your data on your computer or an external storage drive. I hope this tutorial will help you to update your device. Will you update your device to upcoming Android Q? Let us know in the comments.

Soumyajit Ghosh

20-year-old tech journalist addicted to FIFA and coffee more than anything.

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