Android phones will usually get several software updates from their manufacturers over the course of their supported lifetime. These updates will make the device more secure, introduce more features, and comes with several bug fixes. Although these updates are usually pushed automatically to the device there are times when you will want to do it manually. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to update Android phone manually.
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How To Update Android Phone Manually
Method 1: Update Android phone manually with OTA Updates
- Make sure your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings > About device, then tap System Updates > Check for Updates > Update to download and install the latest Android version.
- Your phone will be running on the new Android version when the installation completes.
You can also use your computer to update your phone.
- Download the desktop software of your Android phone manufacturer.
- Install the desktop software.
- Plug the USB end of your Android’s charger cable into your computer then plug the other end into your phone.
- Open the manufacturer’s desktop software.
- Find and click the Update option.
- Select your update file when prompted then follow any on-screen prompts.
This is one of the methods to update Android phone manually
Method 2: Update Android phone manually using upgrade package
There are instances when the device manufacturer will have some update files posted on their website for users to download. You can download the latest system upgrade package according to your phone’s brand model then save it in the phone’s SD card. To update the Android OS version, you need to go to Settings > About Phone > System Update, once your phone shows the available package, tap Continue to download and install the package. After rebooting, your phone will be updated.
Method 3: Update Android phone manually by Rooting Device
This second method is only recommended for advanced Android users as it will require the device to be rooted. Rooting will allow you complete access to everything in the operating system, and those permissions allow you to change anything on the phone. Once you have a rooted device you can update your phone to the latest software version available. You can even install experimental Android versions on your device however take note that this might still be buggy.