How do I check for Operating System updates on my Samsung Galaxy 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 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 

 

 

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Pie and above operating systemsClick to Expand

You will find the update settings at:  Settings > About device > Software update > Download and install

 

Changes when updating to Android 9.0 (Pie) from Android 8.0 (Oreo) include:

  • Updated design
  • Updated Always on Display options and positions
  • Device Maintenance is now Device Care
  • Location settings can now be found under Biometrics and Security
  • Do not Disturb can be found under Notifications
  • New night mode setting

 

Find out more about key changes following an update to Android Pie

Nougat and Oreo operating systemsClick to Expand

You will find the update settings at:

 

Settings > Software update > Download updates manually

 

Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat operating systemsClick to Expand

You will find the update settings at:

 

Settings > About device > Software update > Update now

 

Jellybean and lower operating systemsClick to Expand

You will find the update settings at:

 

Settings > More > About device > Software update > Update

 

Please note that updates may take some time to install and can be large in terms of data. We recommend downloading the update via a Wi-Fi connection to avoid using up your mobile data allowance.

 

To make sure that your device is always up-to-date, switch on Auto update (Lollipop/KitKat devices) or Download updates automatically (Marshmallow devices and above)

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 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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