Keeping your smartphone updated at all times is essential in ensuring its security. Not only do you get new OS features with every major update, smartphone manufacturers routinely push minor security patches to fix any vulnerable areas of your device. Newer security patches make it hardware for malware and viruses to infiltrate your device. In this article, we bring you the best ways to manually update an Android device’s OS.
Manually update your Samsung smartphone from Settings
It is recommended you connect your phone to a WiFi network before proceeding to download an update.
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Step 1: Go to Settings and select ‘Software updates’.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Download and Install’. Your smartphone will check for any new updates.
Step 3: If an update is available, tap on ‘Install Now’. You can also schedule the update for a later time.
Manually update your Samsung smartphone using your computer
Step 1: Download Kies, Samsung’s desktop software, from the official Samsung website. Click here for the quick download link.
Step 3: Download the Android update package from Samsung’s official website.
Step 2: Connect your Samsung smartphone to your PC and launch the Kies software.
Step 3: Click on ‘Tools’ on the top menu and select ‘Update’.
Step 4: Open the software update package you previously downloaded from Samsung’s website.
Step 5: Follow the onscreen instructions to install the update on your Samsung smartphone.
Manually update your Xiaomi smartphone from Settings
Step 1: Go to Settings and select ‘About Phone’.
Step 2: Tap on the MIUI version icon.
Step 3: Select ‘Check for updates’. Your Xiaomi smartphone will check for any pending updates.
Step 4: Download the latest package of updates on your phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I update my smartphone?
You can update your smartphone locally from device settings, or use the manufacturer’s PC suite to install an update using your computer.
Why is my phone not updating?
If your phone’s software update is stuck midway, check your internet connection and try again. It is recommended you connect to a WiFi network while downloading an update.
Why do I not see any OS updates for my device?
Older devices stop receiving updates after 3-4 years depending on the manufacturer. It is also possible that the manufacturer has not rolled out the new update for your new device yet.
This is how you can manually update your Android device’s OS. You can locally update your smartphone from device settings or use a PC application to upgrade the firmware and the OS. You can find the desktop suite of your smartphone on the manufacturer’s website.
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