Why is it important to update Android?
When your cell phone is not updated for a long time, the defense codes and barriers against the numerous types of malware and viruses become outdated. That’s because the goal of those who create these nuisances is exactly to find holes in your device’s security and collect what we call “sensitive data”.
What is sensitive data and why should I be concerned?
Basically, it is all the data that gives access to sensitive information, such as bank passwords, card passwords and even your personal data (RG, CPF, CNH, etc.).
With this data, hackers can perform operations ranging from card cloning to more serious cases where your data is used in different places without your prior authorization.
There have even been cases of WhatsApp numbers being cloned to convince family and friends to deposit cash, usually due to holes found in cell phones infected with viruses or malware. Once that happens, the cellphone will be almost unusable again.
The update is also faster
If even after understanding that your phone may be at the mercy of hackers for not being up to date with Android updates, you still look for reasons to keep up to date with vital updates, then we give you one more: speed.
When an Android device is on its latest update version, all apps will also be able to update themselves, making your device’s “internal communication” faster and sharper. It’s like you’re dusting off the software!
So, when you notice a drop in the performance of your cell phone, no matter how small, it could be a sign that your cell phone is in urgent need of an update.
How to update Android?
Keeping your device up to date is also in the interest of Google itself, the company responsible for Android. Therefore, the ways to update are easier and more automated every day so that you can only worry about using the device with a clear conscience.
But, before we go to the update step by step, check out some conditions that you will need to check first:
Is there enough memory available on your phone?
One of the biggest advantages of Android devices is the ability to use an SD card to expand memory. If you don’t have it, it’s worth cleaning up things you no longer use until you have a few gigs of free memory.
Is your cell phone charged?
It is highly recommended to do all the following procedures with the cell phone charging, as if during the update the cell phone turns off due to lack of battery, errors and serious bugs can happen;
Are the backups up to date?
Regular backups prevent the loss of data, photos, and videos regardless of the reason (such as if your device is lost). Therefore, keeping them up to date is the safest way to preserve your cell phone data.
Is WiFi on?
To prevent the cell phone from consuming your internet data, remember to turn off the 4G and remain only on the Wi-Fi signal.
Having these conditions checked and done, let’s proceed with the update of your Android.
- Open the “Settings” menu
- Go to the “About Phone” section
- Click on “Software Update”
With this, the phone will show which version of Android is installed and if there is any new one available.
Oh, and our tip is to leave the option to “Download Update Automatically” activated, so in the next updates, the system itself will identify releases of new versions of Android and download them, just by accepting the installations.
I couldn’t update my Android. And now?
This situation can happen for 2 reasons: first, due to lack of space in your cell phone’s memory. If this is your case, the simplest solution is to temporarily uninstall apps just to update Android, and then reinstall after the update is complete.
The second case is when the cell phone model is no longer being updated by the manufacturer. This occurs with older models, over three years. In this situation, the only way out for those who really want to keep it up to date is to leave it on the latest version possible and maybe start planning to change their cell phone to a newer model soon.