,

Your First Android Device: Checking For Updates [How To]

One of the most important things for most people who own an Android device is keeping it up to date. Android offers some of the most reliable, feature-packed and fast updates than any other platform, in my opinion. While iOS does often offer yearly updates that are pretty stable, there really aren’t a whole lot of game changing things that Android can’t beat. Of course, that could just be based on preferences.  Whatever the case, getting updates for your Android device is really exciting. The reason why is because often their is a new UI overhaul, which I am often a huge fan of. Secondly, these updates often bring some really noticeable speed improvements and overall performance fixes across the board.

Often those who are some serious Tech geeks will be checking for updates religiously, but on the other hand, the everyday user probably won’t care until she/he is notified of this update. So, if you are one of those people, you may want to start checking your system updates on a regular basis if you aren’t really into following tech blogs. Heck, you could be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available for you right at this moment! Aside from an aesthetic stand point, it is still very important to update, as these updates also often fix security flaws that were once in your Android handset. So, if you have bank account information, street addresses, and etc all in your phone, getting these updates is quite important if you would like to keep that sensitive data out of the reach of a hacker looking to have a little “fun.”

All of that said, what you have to do is going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. After pressing that your phone should proceed to check for an update, and if there is an update, it will prompt you to download it over your Wi-Fi connection. Most of the phones out there do not download updates of the carrier data network, so you are going to need a stable Wi-Fi connection to fully download your update. To connect to Wi-Fi, you need to go into Settings > Wireless and Networks and then select the Wi-Fi option. From there, it should connect you to an open Wi-Fi network (which should hopefully be yours if it is set up correctly). To get into yours, you’re going to need the password and the name of the network if you don’t know them. Worse comes to worse, you are going to have to go to a coffee shop or something and connect to their free Wi-Fi connection.

After taking all of those steps, your device should be on the way to getting downloaded! Hopefully once that is finished you will notice some seriously awesome speed improvements and some cool new aesthetics on your handset. Stay tuned for our next guide going through all of the features on the Play Store (which will be in two parts, as there is a wide range of things to cover there)!