This may seem obvious to some, but we all wondered one day: how to update your Android phone? It depends on your builder and your operator, but in general, the method remains similar for everyone.

The first Android version, called 1.0, was released in 2008 and has had many versions to fix bugs and add new features to your phone or tablet.

For the record, apart from the first Android versions, all the others bear the names of pastries starting with Cupcake, then others such as Donut, Gingerbread or Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and of course the latest Android version Oreo.

Find the latest system updates

There is a very simple way to check if your device is compatible with one of the newer Android versions, just follow the steps below. We give here the example for a OnePlus 3T, but the operation is exactly the same for all the devices.

  •  Go to your device settings
  • Click About device  (most of the time, this tab is at the very bottom)
  • Click Software Update
  • Then click Update

It may happen that the “System Updates” option is directly in the menu and not in “About”. Anyway, once the update starts, your device will start the update search.

After this manipulation, your smartphone or tablet will tell you if an update is available. If your phone allows it, you will be able to download it.

Not all devices will be able to benefit from all the latest updates

It is important to note that not all devices will be able to benefit from all the latest updates, it will depend on the manufacturer, your model and sometimes your operator.

Other methods

It is not impossible that your manufacturer offers an additional method to update your system. This is the case for example of Huawei / Honor with the application HiCare.

It is also important to specify that you can do a manual update if you do not want to wait until the manufacturer offers it for download.

In General it is necessary to install it on the site of the manufacturer then to launch it manually via the interface, the information necessary for the installation are most of the time indicated on the page of the manufacturer.

Good to know

Installing an update will not reset your phone: it means you will keep your information, contacts or photos. Only the interface/system you will use will be different or improved.

Be careful, however, that the phone does not discharge during installation. The best is to plug it in to avoid any risk.



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