How to Check for Updates on Android




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.

Before You Check for Updates Make Sure Your Device Is Connected to the Internet

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.

Before you check for any updates, make sure your device is connected to the Internet.

If you are checking for Android updates (which are usually bigger in size), make sure you have Wi-Fi turned on.

Wi-Fi turned on (Sony)

Here you can see that my Sony is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

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).

These are the quick settings on Samsung. As you can see Wi-Fi is turned on.

How Do I Check for Android Updates?

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:

Sony Xperia (Android “L”)

  1. Make sure your device is connected to the Internet (please refer to the paragraph above).
  2. In my Sony Xperia, you have to go to Settings > About phone and then choose Software updates. The phone will quickly check for Android updates and let me know that they are not available yet. 🙁

    Android How to Check for Updates

    This is how you step by step check for updates on my Sony.

HTC (Android  KitKat)

  1. Make sure your device is connected to the Internet (please refer to the paragraph above).
  2. In my HTC the process looks almost identical. You have to go to Settings > About phone and then choose Software updates.

    How to Check for Android Updates Manually HTC

    This is how you step by step manually check for updates on HTC.

  3. At this point you can also access interesting settings and I suggest you tick the first two so that your phone automatically checks for Android updates and downloads them only via Wi-Fi.

    Android How to Check for Updates

    On this screenshot these two vital settings have been ticked.

Samsung (Android Jelly Bean)

  1. Make sure your device is connected to the Internet (please refer to the paragraph above).
  2. In my Samsung ,you have to go to Settings and switch to tab More. Next choose About device > Software update.

    How to Check for Updates on Android

    This is how you step by step manually check for updates on Samsung.

  3. Click on Update and the phone will quickly check for Android updates and let me know that they are not available.

    How to Check for Updates on Android

    As you can see there are no updates available for this Samsung phone.

  4. At this point you can also access other useful settings. I suggest you make sure that both Auto update and Wi-Fi only are checked so that your phone automatically checks for Android updates and downloads them only via Wi-Fi.



A Word About Android Updates

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 MobileGuru.LOL 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).

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