How to check Software updates on my Mobile Phone?

Last Update Date : Apr 15. 2019
How to perform a Software Update on my Mobile device

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. 

 

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.

Steps via FOTA for Android OS Version 8.0+ (Oreo)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Software update.
Settings > Software update
2 Tap on Download updates manually.
Tap on Download updates manually
3 Once the Software update has been downloaded, please select on of the following options to Install the Software update Later, Overnight or Now.
Install later, now or overnight.
Steps via FOTA for Android OS Version 7.0+ (Nougat)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Software update.
Settings > Software update
2 Tap on Download updates manually.
Tap on Download updates manually

Please Note: If your device is already on the latest software, the screen below will be displayed. 

Already the latest Android OS Version installed on your device
4 Once the Software update has been downloaded, please select on of the following options to Install the Software update Later, Overnight or Now.
Install later, now or overnight.
Steps via FOTA for Android OS Version 6.0+ (Marshmallow)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Software update.
Go into the Settings menu > Software update
2 Tap on Download updates manually.
Download updates manually.
3 Follow the steps and tap Download to start the installation process.
Software update. Tap Download to start installation process.
Steps via FOTA for Android OS Version 5.0+ (Lollipop)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > About device.
Go into the Settings menu > About device
2 Tap on Software update.
Tap on Software update
3 Tap on Update now.
Tap Update now
4 Tap on Download to start the process.
Tap Download
Steps via FOTA for Android OS Version 4.4+ (Kit Kat)Click to Expand
1 Tap on Apps.
Upgrading the Software of my phone
2 Tap on Settings.
Upgrading the Software of my phone
3 Go to the More tab, then tap on About device.
Upgrading the Software of my phone
4 Tap on Software update.
Upgrading the Software of my phone
5 Tap on Update to check for available updates.
Upgrading the Software of my phone

Please Note: Tick the checkbox corresponding I accept all the terms above on the Software update page, then tap Confirm.

Upgrading the Software of my phone
Upgrading the Software of my phone
6 If a newer version of the firmware is available, the device will automatically start downloading the update. A window will pop up if the latest updates have been installed. Tap on OK.
Upgrading the Software of my phone
Steps via PC with Samsung KiesClick to Expand

Samsung Kies is no longer supported by the newer mobile devices and has been replaced with Samsung Smart Switch.

Please Note the following:

 

  • Download and install the Kies program to your PC.
  • 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.
    Upgrading the Software of my phone

    Upgrade components are downloaded

    Upgrading the Software of my phone

    Firmware file is upgraded

    Upgrading the Software of my phone

    Upgrade is running.

    Upgrading the Software of my phone

    Upgrade is now completed.

    Upgrading the Software of my phone

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