How to update your Android phone

The Android ecosystem has come a long way since its early days when manufacturers rarely updated their devices. Now, almost all manufacturers tend to roll out monthly or quarterly security updates for their devices and are ready to roll out major Android updates.

In addition to the normal OS updates, there is also the Google Play system update that Google distributes directly to all Android devices.

If you have recently switched to the Android world or are not sure how to check and install new updates on your Android device, follow this guide.

What are Android Updates?

Downloading and installing updates on your Android device is slightly different than installing app updates from the Play Store. Updating your Android phone to the available software update is always a good idea as it eliminates bugs and may improve the security of your device.

Also, a new OS update could introduce a lot of new features to play with, which is a great way to update your Android phone without buying a new one.

How to update your Google Pixel

Google releases monthly security updates and new operating system updates for its Pixel phones from time to time. In most cases, you will be notified when a new system update is available. However, you can also manually search and download updates on your Google Pixel.


  1. Navigate to Settings> System> System Update on your Pixel phone.

  2. Faucet Check for updates. Your Pixel will then search for any available software updates.

  3. If available, a Download the button will appear. Tap it to start the download process.

Since Pixel phones have continuous updates, the update will automatically install in the background when the phone is idle. After that, you’ll just need to restart your device for the changes to take effect.

This greatly speeds up the entire process of installing a software update, unlike other Android phones, which are usually not available for 5-10 minutes while installing an update.

To download and install the latest Google Play system update on your Pixel, go to Settings> Security and touch Google Play system update button. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed.

How to update your Samsung device

Installing the latest software update on a Samsung Galaxy device is a relatively simple process. However, as Galaxy devices do not support continuous updates, the installation process will take longer than for a Pixel phone.

  1. Navigate to Settings> Software Update> Download and Install.

  2. Your Samsung Galaxy device will connect to the servers and check for any available software updates.

  3. If available, the change log and update download size will be shown along with aa Download button. Start the download to begin the installation process.

Once the download is complete, you can start the installation process by tapping the button Install now button. Since the process can take up to 10 minutes, you can even postpone it until later in the day.

It is also recommended that you manually check for new Google Play system updates for your Galaxy device from time to time. These updates are usually installed automatically in the background, but manual checking from time to time is also not a bad thing to do.

  1. Go to Settings> Biometrics and Security and touch Google Play system update.

  2. Your device will then check for a Google Play update and ask you to install one if available.

How to update your OnePlus device

OnePlus devices run OxygenOS, and the company rolls out frequent updates for them. The process of installing the latest software update on OnePlus devices is relatively straightforward.

  1. Open the Settings app and go to System> System Updates.

  2. Your OnePlus phone will check and download the latest available updates.

To install the latest Google Play update, you need to go to Settings> Security & lock screen> Google Play system update. Click the Check for updates button to download any available updates. The device will restart during the installation process.

How to update your Oppo device

Oppo devices run on ColorOS. While the company doesn’t tend to roll out updates as often as other Android manufacturers, its software update policy has improved in recent times.

  1. Open Settings and go to Device information. Then, tap on the ColorOS banner you see above mentioning the build number currently running on your device.

  2. Your Oppo device will then check for any available software updates. If available, you will be prompted to download and install it.

Installing the latest Google Play system update on your Oppo device is a little more complicated than it should be as the option is buried deep in the Settings menu.

You will have to go to Settings> Password & Security> System Security> Google Play System Update. Your Oppo phone will then check for the availability of any Google Play system updates.

How to update your Xiaomi or Poco device

Xiaomi often tends to roll out regular MIUI updates for its devices. You can download the latest update for your Xiaomi, Redmi or Poco device by following the steps below:

  1. Open Settings and go to About the phone.

  2. Tap the MIUI version card you see, followed by Check for updates button.

Your device will then connect to Xiaomi’s update servers to check and download any available software updates.

Go to Settings> Password and security> Privacy> Google Play system update for installing Google Play system updates on your Redmi device. Your phone will automatically search for and download any new Google Play system updates that are available.

The process will be the same for Poco phones as they also work on MIUI.

Always keep your Android device up to date

It’s always a good idea to keep your Android device up to date, as new software updates tend to improve or bring in new features, add the latest security patch, fix bugs, and more. They help keep your Android device running smoothly and securely. Plus, they’re free, so there’s nothing wrong with installing them.

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