Keeping your Android phone up to date is one of the most important and best practices of every Android user. You phone (unless it’s been rooted) should, by default, automatically check for updates and inform you if they are available for your device.
If you are like me, however, you are impatiently waiting for every update to arrive. I am now waiting for Android “M” to arrive on my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and keep checking if it’s already available.
In today’s tutorial I will show you how to check for Android updates manually.
The way people use Android devices has changed a lot. Nowadays, most of the phones are always connected to the Internet (either over Wi-Fi or with the use of mobile data).
I personally remember that several years ago only the chosen few people were constantly connected to the Internet (due to charges for mobile data which have dramatically dropped over the last two years).
Even though it’s changing now, there are still people (including me) who turn the Internet on in their devices only when they need to use it and are ready to receive tons of updates from social media or e-mail accounts.This paragraph (turned out a bit longish, I am sorry) is for those people.
If your Android phone has Wi-Fi turned on, you will see this “signal” icon in the top bar of your phone (it looks almost the same in most Android phones).
The Wi-Fi icon will also be highlighted in different color once you access the quick settings of your phone (usually by swiping down from top depending on the phone model).
You will see in a moment that checking for Android updates is extremely easy. Depending on your device and its Android version it may differ slightly.
All you need to do is:
If you have an older Android phone (which you bought two or three years ago), you will probably not get any further software updates unless you root your device and install a custom ROM manually.
However, unless you are a geek who likes to mess with Android a bit, you shouldn’t root or modify your device in any way. Not only will you void your warranty, but you may also literally brick your device.
As InLoveWithAndroid.com is the website for regular Android users the best piece of advice here is to install all official updates to your phone and once your phone gets older, buy a new one (the prices, after all, dropped dramatically over the last years).