How to manually update Android

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If your device does not automatically update with the latest operating system just released, then you need to read this guide on how to manually update android. Today you will learn how to manually update an android phone. Those who are new to Android, this guide will help them know how to update your android device. There are a number of methods that you can use for install the latest software update for Android.



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How to manually update Android

We will give you a number of methods by which you can easily update the software on your device


Over the Air (OTA) Device Update:

A simple but still prite method that is used by 90% of Android users. Since the user feels safe updating their devices with an OTA update. That's why 90% of Android users are waiting for the OTA update for update the Android operating system.

  • First, you need to make sure that the device is connected to the WiFi network. "WiFi is recommended because a single update can exceed 1GB."
  • Open the Settings on your device. It's easy to find the Settings app because 99% of the time it's shaped like a gear.
  • Scroll down and look for Device Information or Software Updates. If you are using the latest operating system on your Android device, you will find both Software Updates and Device Information options. However, if you are using an older version of Android, you will find the Software Update option under About Device.
  • Tap on Download updates manually. Now the device will start looking for the update. If an update is available for your device, a download button will appear to proceed.
  • If no updates are available for your device. A message will appear saying “The latest updates have already been installed”.
  •  Once the update is downloaded, follow the instructions provided on the screen.

How to manually update Android using a computer:

  • Download PC Suite from the smartphone manufacturer's website. for example, Kies is for Samsung devices, MDM for Motorola, etc.
  • Once the software is downloaded, install it. Now browse for the firmware file or you can update using the downloaded software.
  • If you are a Samsung user, you need to download the flashable firmware file and Odin software on your PC.

How to update your Android firmware

Find the official Firmware for your Android device

The first step in performing a manual update is to locate a ROM you want to install on your device. In the case of an official ROM, we would check the appropriate website for each manufacturer and find the correct ROM for our device model. Firmware from the most popular manufacturers can be found here: Samsung (SamMobile), Sony (Xperia Firmware or Flashtool), LG (LG Phone Firmware), Huawei (EMUI) or Motorola (Motorola Firmware).




How to update an Android phone using a custom rom

This method is a bit complex compared to all the others. Before updating the device via a custom rom, you need to root the device. Each device has its own rooting methods. You can use our root section to choose the best method to get root access on your device.


Then you need to install custom recovery, visit this section to know how to install TWRP custom recovery on your Android phone.

Once your device has been rooted and you have installed a custom recovery, you need to download the custom ROM for your device. Make sure you find the specific custom ROM for your device based on your device model.


Download the ROM and also download all other required files which will be mentioned in the article with the ROM.


From below find the operating system you have decided to install on your phone and then search for your phone.

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Android Lollipop 5.0
  • Android 4.4.X KitKat

These were the methods you can use for manually update android.


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