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How to update your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet

Samsung smartphones and tablets use One UI software skin based on Android, a mobile operating system designed by Google. Android regularly publishes monthly security updates and a major update once a year, bringing new features and improvements to all compatible devices.

These updates then followed by Samsung to rollout for Galaxy devices. Therefore, it’s always better to update your device to the latest software version possible to make sure that your phone or tablet has the latest patches and stability improvements as well as new features.

Depending on when your device was made, it may not be able to update to the latest possible version of Android, but this will depend on a specific device.

Also, if you are facing any issue with your Galaxy device, you should keep checking for updates because Samsung also rolls out fixes.

Read More: List of eligible Samsung Galaxy devices for Android 11-based One UI 3.0 [Updated]

Follow the steps below to find out how to check which version of Android your device is using.

Check for update

Follow the instructions below to find out if a new software version is available to download on your device.

Please note: The location of the operating system updates will differ depending on the device you are using and the version of Android that is currently running on your device.

Android 10 and Pie: Settings > Software update > Download and install.
Nougat and Oreo: Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

  • Swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Download and install.

Your device will check for available updates. If an update is available to download.

  • Tap Download, then select Install now to update or your software or Schedule install to choose a convenient time to update your device.

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.

Activate automatic update

To make sure that your device is always up-to-date it’s recommended to activate automatic software updates.

Android 10 and Pie: Settings > Software update > Auto download over Wi-Fi.
Nougat and Oreo: Settings > Software update > Download updates automatically.

  • Swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap the switch to activate Auto download over Wi-Fi.

Benefits of software upgrade

To keep your mobile up-to-date, safely and quickly Upgrade to the latest software available for your phone, and enjoy enhancements like new features, extra speed, improved functionality, OS upgrade and fixed for any bug.

Release the up-to-date software version continuously for :

  • Improvements in performance and stability.
  • Resolve the potential problems by fixing bugs and errors.
  • OS upgrade and new features experience.


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