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How to Upgrade Android System to the Latest Version

Upgrading an operating system is one of the things that smartphone users should do as it provides security updates and even new features. This is especially true with Android users as android provide major OS update annually which provides improvement to the previous versions.

Although it sounds like a difficult task, upgrading the android OS actually is not as complicated as it sounds. OS upgrade could be done easily especially if you are upgrading in android, and for you, we will walk you through each step of the android upgrade.

But before we jump into the tutorial, there are a few things that you might want to consider before upgrading your Android smartphone.

Benefits and Risks Behind Updating Android OS

Naturally, there are some obvious benefits you can get from upgrading your Android. First of all, you may enjoy many new features that you may not find in the previous version. Moreover, you will definitely get better security when compared to the previous version. In other words, there are always better and more improved security features on the newest systems.

However, there are also a few risks that you need to consider before upgrading. First things first, you need to know that upgrading your OS doesn't guarantee a performance upgrade. This is due to the fact that a newer Android version might use more resources from your phone to accommodate new features, rendering your phone slower than before.

Regardless, upgrading your Android OS might be necessary considering the security updates that come in each new version, whether it's a minor or major update. Now, let's jump into our tutorial on how to upgrade Android OS from Android 7 to Android 8.

How to Update Android OS to the Newest Version

How to Upgrade Android Version

A Few Things to Prepare before Doing the Upgrade

Before you begin the upgrade process, there are a few things you need to prepare in order to minimize the risk of failure. The things that you need to prepare before upgrading your device are:

  • Stable internet connection to make sure the file update can be downloaded successfully without interruption.
  • Sufficient battery or power to make sure the updating process doesn't get interrupted, avoiding data corruption.
  • Sufficient storage to make sure that you have enough space for the upgrade process.
  • Data backup as a precaution in case things go wrong so you won't lose any important data.

After you prepared all the things above, let's move on now to how to upgrade the Android OS.

DISCLAIMER: Do it at your own risk!

First Method: Upgrade through OTA (Over-The-Air)

The first method that we are going to use is by upgrading through OTA. In short, OTA or Over-The-Air update is an update that is given over the internet. However, to get an update through the internet, you have to make sure that your phone is eligible for it and unfortunately, every phone manufacturers have different terms on OTA update. For that reason, make sure that your phone model is eligible for an OTA update before proceeding with this method.

Now, if you have made sure that your phone is eligible for the update, here are the steps that you have to go through for the upgrade.

  1. Connect your phone to wifi or a strong network connection. Even though a regular network connection would work, it is recommended that you use wifi as the update files typically require files in big sizes.
  2. Go into setting. The setting app typically has a gear wheel symbol on it.
  3. Scroll down until you see 'About the Phone' or 'About the Device' menu. This menu is typically located on the bottom area on most devices
  4. Tap the option Update and you will find the button or notification 'Software Update' or 'System Firmware Update'. This option menu might differ on different devices but it should be anything regarding software updates.
  5. Tap 'Check for Update'. Your Android device would automatically look for the latest updates.
  6. If there is an update, then you will get a notification that requires you to perform an update. Tap the ‘Install’ button and the device would automatically run the upgrade process.
  7. You need to wait until the process completes. This process may take several minutes up to an hour, depending on the phone and the file size. However, it typically may not take more than a couple of hours.
  8. Your device would automatically reboot itself. Please note that the first reboot after the update may take longer than usual.
  9. The upgrade is complete and now your phone runs on the latest Android system.

So there you have the first method to upgrade your android to the latest version. This method of upgrading is the safest method because it does not require any ROOT or flashing, minimizing the risk of failure.

However, there is always a possibility of failure in the upgrade process which is indicated by stuck progress or the device failing to boot. In this case, you might want to check if your phone had just gotten a soft brick or hard brick.

While a soft brick might be fixed with proper flashing, a hard brick might take a lot more than that to fix the problem. In that case, you might want to bring your phone to the nearest repair center as trying to repair a hard-bricked phone might end up making it worse.

Second Method: Upgrade Using Flash Tool [ROOT Required]

The second method that we can use to upgrade the android version is by using a flash tool. However, as the regular flash tool would need a PC to be able to flash, we are going to use an app called Flashfire that you can download from Play Store. Yet, you should know that this method is only working for rooted phones.

Now, let's take a look at how to upgrade android using Flashfire.

  1. You need to download and install Flashfire. You may find Flashfire on play store.
  2. Open the installed Flashfire. This app would automatically detect the latest version of the operating system if there is any.
  3. Download the update files without performing any installation. You may find available update files on google but you should note that the update file MUST be compatible with your phone.
  4. After the download completes, make sure to put the file somewhere easily accessible. Then, Flashfire would display the downloaded updated files
  5. You will be presented with update options, pick one and then click Flash.
  6. When a popup warning window opens, click OK.
  7. Wait until the process is completed. This step typically will display blank and black screens several times and this is totally normal.
  8. After the upgrade process completes, reboot your Android device. Now your phone runs on the latest version

So there you have the second way of upgrading your android operating system. While this method is safe to use if you are doing everything correctly, this method of upgrade is riskier than the first one as you need to have your phone rooted in order for this app to work.

The same with the previous method, the risk of failure in the upgrade process is still present and can be identified with a stuck upgrading progress and booting failure. In case of these failures, you might want to try to flash it properly to fix the soft brick and bring your phone to a repair center in case of a hard brick.

Takeaway

These are the two methods that can be used to upgrade your android system to the latest version. While the first method of OTA update is the safest way to upgrade your system, upgrading with a flash tool is still pretty reliable if you can make sure that you are doing everything properly. In case you are not sure of what you are doing, you can always seek professional help so that your phone system may be upgraded without any problem.