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How to manually update your Android Smartphone or Tablet

How to Upgrade your Android device

mobilesecurity.com [London, UK] The threat to Android smartphones and tablets posed by malware is on the rise, whether via malicious apps, deceptive SMS texts or other ploys, and using a common-sense approach to your online activities will help reduce your exposure to some of these threats. Of course, installing trusted security software will also help you stay protected, but it’s important to make sure you do the simple things first. For example, take the appropriate steps to keep your Android smartphone or tablet updated with the latest firmware updates.

If you’ve never done so before, here’s a quick guide.

As with any software upgrade, it’s wise to make sure you’ve backed up the important files on your mobile device. There’s no reason why updating Android software should affect your personal data, but a backup will give you peace of mind in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

When you’re ready to make the update, head to the Settings menu on your Android device, and then scroll down to either ‘About Phone’ or ‘About Tablet’. From here you can establish which version of Android your device currently has installed.

You’re now ready to start the update process. The next menu can vary depending on the brand of your smartphone or tablet, or the operating system (OS) that’s currently installed, but look for ‘Software Update’ or a button with a similar name.

Once you’re pressed that, your device will start searching for an update, provided it is connected to the Internet either via a cellular or Wi-Fi network. It’s good practice to use a Wi-Fi connection for these downloads, as they can often be large files. Downloading over a home network will be quicker and ensure that you won’t use any of your precious mobile data allowance.

If a newer version of your OS is available, you will be asked whether you want to install it. If you do, select ‘yes’ and then the download will install on your device. Your Android smartphone or tablet will require a reboot before any of the changes take effect.

That’s it.

You’re handset is now running the most up-to-date version of the OS. It’s worth checking for updates from time to time. As well as making sure your device is running the most secure version of software available, you may also find that updated versions of Android introduce new features.

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