Android has proven itself as one of the most powerful mobile operating systems over the years, and it is presently operating on more than 70% percent of smartphones worldwide. Android 10 launched in Sep 2019 and it became the most popular Android version by Dec 2020. As of Jan 2021, it was still the most used Android version.
Keeping your Android updated is necessary to benefit from the latest features. It keeps your device secure from bugs and enhances your overall experience. It helps your device be more efficient and run smoothly.
And it is completely free and super easy to install Android 10 by following a few simple steps. However, there are things to analyze before the update. One, your device needs to be eligible to operate Android 10. The compatibility for the OS depends on when your device model was made. And if it is running Android Lollipop 5.1, Marshmallow 6.0, or above already Android 10 is available on Google Pixel mobiles, Huawei, OnePlus, Vivo, and many more by now.
The second thing you should keep in mind is that your phone has sufficient memory to install the update package. If you are using a mobile phone with 16GB or even 32GB memory, you may need to make free memory by clearing some of the storage before downloading the update.
USEFUL TIPS BEFORE UPDATE
Before updating your software, it would be safe to backup your important data. Important data could include your photos, messages, and more. In case you don’t know how to backup your data. just head over to settings and look for ‘Systems’ and tap ‘Backup and restore’. You can back up this data in Google Drive, cloud, or any other service of your preference. It’s a safety measure you should take if you can’t afford to lose your important data.
Lastly, it would be a good idea to check your Wifi and make sure your phone has enough charging (above 50%) to finish the update. It wouldn’t be good for your device to freeze or shut down halfway through the process.
UPDATING YOUR ANDROID
Once your manufacturer has made Android 10 available for you, you most likely will receive a default OTA (over-the-air) update to upgrade your phone software. These updates are very helpful for users because they no longer need to visit a physical store or connect their device to a computer to update and it only takes a few minutes to launch.
- Open your phone’s “Settings” panel.
2. In “Settings” look for “About phone” and click on it.
3. In case you don’t find the option. You can always look for the option in the search bar available at the top of the settings panel for your assistance.
4. Once you have entered the “About phone” menu, look for “Software update” and tap it to see if there is an update.
5. After the download is complete your device (mobile or tablet) will restart with a new android activated.
The steps mentioned above may slightly vary depending on your specific device, but the search bar located above the settings will guide you in the right direction. You can just search Updates and head over to results like System Updates.
WHY YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR ANDROID 10?
If you are still unsure whether you should update your device or not, then the answer is YES. Google launches new updates constantly aiming to improve your user experience. Android 10 comes with very convenient features like trendy dark modes to save battery, smart reply service, live caption, focus mode, and many more.
Another primary reason is that it helps your device tackle severe issues like battery performance, device heating issues, and apps running slow. Not only that, but it also makes your device safer using security fixes. An update is to keep your device patched from security holes that could be potential dangers for your phone in the upcoming future.
Forcing Android upgrade using PC
Google provides Android factory images to download that you can use to force an Android upgrade. But it is only recommended if you are an advanced user. Using factory images will erase all data in your phone so always backup your important data before jumping on the update.
The factory images may not smoothly run on your device. And you may even need to root your phone to perform it, which is not advised by manufacturers. You would stop receiving default OTA updates in the future as well.
However, if you are fearless enough to risk a manual update to benefit from the newest features, you can opt for that too.
You may find it more comfortable to skip the software updates instead of investing a few minutes to update your android but they can be very crucial and helpful. They will not only patch more or less minor bugs but also increase your device’s performance.