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

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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 available updates will depend on your model.

 

Android code names are named after sweets and treats, with major new versions released annually. You'll often see operating system updates referred to by their name rather than the version number, however on your device the Android version you are using will be displayed as a number rather than a name.

Android code name

Version number

Pie

9.0

Oreo

8.0 - 8.1

Nougat

7.0 - 7.1.2

Marshmallow

6.0 - 6.0.1

Lollipop

5.0 - 5.1.1

Kit Kat

4.4 - 4.4.4 and 4.4W - 4.4W.2

Jellybean

4.1 - 4.3.1

Ice Cream Sandwich

4.0 - 4.04

Checking for updates

The location of the operating system updates will differ depending on the device you are using and its operating system. Follow the steps that correspond to your current Android version.

Please note: updates may take some time to install and can be large to download. It's recommended to download the update via a Wi-Fi connection to avoid using your mobile data allowance

 

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

Pie and above operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
2 Tap Settings
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
3 Tap Software update
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
4 Tap Download and install
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

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 to access your apps
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
2 Tap Settings
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
3 Tap Software update
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
4 Tap Download updates manually
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

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
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
2 Tap Settings
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
3 Tap About device
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
4 Tap Download updates manually
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

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

Jellybean and lower operating systemsClick to Expand
1 Tap Apps
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
2 Tap Settings
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
3 Tap More
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
4 Tap Software update
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
5 Tap Update
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

Please note: to automatically downaload software updates in the future, tap the Auto update checkbox

How do I 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
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
2 Tap Settings
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
3 Tap About phone or About device

If you tapped About device, skip step 4
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?
4 Tap Software information
How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

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

How do I check for operating system updates on my Samsung Galaxy device?

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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