Android is a name which is known because of its manufacturer – Google. Google purchased Android a year back and has been successful in making Android one of the leading Operating systems (OS) in the market. Android has added so much to a smart mobile phone that you can find almost anything and everything which can be programmed and developed in your hand. Unlike other smart phones operating systems, Android has launched its development kit and anybody who has knowledge and interest in programming can develop applications for phones running on Android Operating System. Nowadays Android is in great demand and Android based  smartphones are being sold as retail products or as a part of subscription plan by several cellular service providers.

Though Android is a great device however, there are some downsides to it. It is fine for people who purchase Android smartphone directly from the mobile store and use it on any cellular service of their choice, but for the users who take it along with the subscription have some limitations. These customer build Android smartphones have a different approach when it comes to upgrading or updating the operating system. These phones cannot be updated directly from Google and require a different set of steps altogether.

Instructions to update an Android OS

The updates for Android OS can be downloaded over the Internet and they are checked in the phone’s ‘Settings’ menu. To update an Android OS, following steps are required to be undertaken.

Step 1: Press the ‘Home’ button after turning on your Android device.

Step 2: You now need to press the ‘Menu’ button, which is characterized by four horizontal lines, four small squares or the word ‘Menu’. After pressing it, select the option ‘Settings’.

Step 3: Select the ‘About Phone’ option after scrolling down.

Step 4: After you tap on ‘System Updates’, your phone would automatically start checking for new software. If there is no need for any new software to be downloaded, the application would be able to check it and you’ll get a message to confirm that you are ‘Up to Date’.

Step 5: If there is any new software available, press ‘Install Now’ and the update will be downloaded. When the procure gets completed, the phone would restart.

There are few additional tips that you need to consider while updating the OS. Firstly you should connect to a WiFi network if possible, while installing an over the air update. OS updates are data sensitive and usually install faster than a WiFi. Also, while the update process is going on, it is suggested to connect your phone to a wall charger. It must also be noted that there are some Android updates that wipe the data from your service. You need to keep in mind to sync your phone with the Gmail account associated with it, before you install an update. Applications programs that have been purchased from the Android market are available for downloading even after data has been wiped. In that case, you are not required to purchase them again.