How to check Software updates on my Mobile Phone?

Last Update Date : Jul 28. 2020
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You will find the update settings in one of the below places (these differ by model and operating system): 

  • Settings > About device > Software update > Update now 
  • Settings > About device > Software update > Download and install 
  • Settings > Software update > Download updates manually

Operating system updates are released periodically for your device. If you are having difficulty with your device, you should always check for updates, as a fix for the problem may have been released.

 

Software upgrades may be available for your device and will enhance functionality and security. However, updates are device dependant and not every Samsung device will run the latest Android version.

 

Software updates fall into two general types:  operating system updates and security updates. Please note that the type and version of update available will depend on your model. 

 

Android code names are named after sweets and treats, with major new versions generally released annually. You'll often see operating system updates referred to by their name rather than the version number. 

 

Android Q: Versions 10.0 -

Pie: Versions 9.0 -

Oreo: Versions 8.0-

Nougat: Versions 7.0-

Marshmallow: Versions 6.0 -

Lollipop: Versions 5.0 -

Kit Kat: Versions 4.4-4.4.4; 4.4W-4.4W.2

Jelly Bean: Versions 4.1-4.3.1

Ice Cream Sandwich: Versions 4.0-4.04 

 

You can find your current version by going to Settings, then About device or About phone

 

There are various ways to update the Software of your Mobile device, such as Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA), Kies or Samsung Smart Switch.

Please Note: It is highly recommended to be connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Downloading via mobile networks may result in additional charges. Please ensure that your Mobile device has enough storage space before performing a Software Update.

Pie and above operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps
Settings > Software update
2 Tap Settings
Tap on Download updates manually
3 Tap Software update
Install later, now or overnight.
4 Tap Download and install
Install later, now or overnight.

Please note: to automatically download software updates in the future, tap the Auto download over Wi-Fi switch

Nougat and Oreo operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps
Settings > Software update
2 Tap Settings
Tap on Download updates manually
3 Tap Software update
Install later, now or overnight.
4 Tap Download updates manually
Install later, now or overnight.

Please note: to automatically download software updates in the future, tap the Download updates automatically switch

Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Tap apps
Settings > Software update
2 Tap Settings
Tap on Download updates manually
3 Tap About device
Install later, now or overnight.
4 Tap Download updates manually
Install later, now or overnight.

Please note: to automatically download software updates in the future, tap the Download updates automatically switch

Jellybean and lower operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Tap Apps
Settings > Software update
2 Tap Settings
Tap on Download updates manually
3 Tap More
Install later, now or overnight.
4 Tap Software update
Install later, now or overnight.
5 Tap Update
Install later, now or overnight.

Please note: to automatically download software updates in the future, check the Auto update checkbox

Check for security updatesClick to Expand

Security updates are provided to strengthen the security of your device and protect your personal information. For security updates for your model, visit security.samsungmobile.com

Step 1. Go to Settings > tap Biometrics and security 

Step 2. Tap Security updates 

How to check for security updates

You can view the version of your device's software and check for updates. 

Note: The website supports only some languages. 

Steps via PC with Smart SwitchClick to Expand

Not only is Smart Switch great for transferring data, it's also an easy way to update your device's software. When you open Smart Switch on your Windows PC or Mac, you will see an option to update to a new software version if one is available.  

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Step 1. Download and install the Smart Switch program to your PC.

Step 2. Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable provided with your device. 

Step 3. Open Smart Switch on your PC. 

Step 4. If a software update is available, Smart Switch will automatically prompt you to update the software or display an option to update.

Step 5. Tap Update and follow the on-screen instructions to download the necessary files and complete the update process. 

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Note:

  • Supported model - Smart Phone/Tablet from Galaxy Note III (Android OS 4.3 or over)
  • Make sure your phone or tablet is charged to at least 20 percent before proceeding.
  • Do not disconnect the USB cable or use your device until the update is complete. 
  • Your phone or tablet may turn on and off during the update process. 
Steps via PC with Samsung KiesClick to Expand

Download and install the Kies program to your PC. Samsung Kies is no longer supported by the newer mobile devices and has been replaced with Samsung Smart Switch.

Please Note the following:

  • Supported Models - Feature phone, Smart Phone/Tablet before Galaxy Note III (including Galaxy S4, Note II, etc)
  • Ensure that the battery percentage is more than 50%.
  • Remove the Security lock on your device.
  • Connect your mobile device to your PC using a USB cable.
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    1 Open the Samsung Kies application. Under Firmware information, click Firmware upgrade button. On the Firmware upgrade prompt screen, click Update button.
    Upgrading the Software of my phone
    2 Another window will appear and you have to tick the checkbox beside I have read all of the above information and click Start upgrade.
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    Upgrade components are downloaded

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    Firmware file is upgraded

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    Upgrade is running.

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    Upgrade is now completed.

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    How to know what version of Android I'm using?Click to Expand
    1 Swipe up on your home screen or tap the Apps icon to access your apps
    Settings > Software update
    2 Tap Settings
    Tap on Download updates manually
    3 Tap About phone or About device
    If you tapped About device , skip step 4
    Install later, now or overnight.
    4 Tap Software information
    Install later, now or overnight.

    You will be shown all the software information for your device including the Android version you are using.

    Install later, now or overnight.

    Note:

    • Make sure the battery is sufficient before updating.
    • On some phones, it may say 'System updates' instead of 'Software update.'
    • Depending on your software version, it may be necessary to repeat this process multiple times.
    • Device screenshots and menu may vary depending on the device model and software version.

    If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.  

     

    This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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