What To Expect From Software Updates On Your Smartphone

Software updates can help improve the overall performance of your device. Here’s how to update your phone.

Software updates can download instantaneously, but more often, they require your permission before installing on your smartphone. When you’re notified of a software update, this means that your smartphone’s current operating system will be improved to help your phone run smoother and more efficiently. The update can even add a few new features to your device.

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Your smartphone’s current operating system will be improved to help your phone run smoother and more efficiently.

What to expect

Updates can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to fully install. When updates are available for your phone, a notification will typically pop up on your phone screen and request your permission to install. Or, you can check for the most recent software update in your phone settings. Whether you notice the update from the notification or from your settings, there are a few steps you should take before installing the software.

Charge your phone

Because updates often take a while to complete, it’s important that your battery is fully charged throughout the process. If your phone dies during an update, it interrupts the installation and may require the software to re-install once the phone is charged. Save yourself the hassle by plugging your device into the phone charger while it downloads the new software. With a charged battery, you’ll also be notified when the update is complete.

Back up files

If you have photos, documents, and other important files on your smartphone, back them up onto your computer, external hard drive, or the Cloud. It’s not likely, but software updates can tamper with data stored on your smartphone. Back up the files just for good measure while your phone updates.

Delete mobile apps

A new update for your phone can require an ample amount of memory, so it’s important to free up space on your device as needed. Delete apps you haven’t touched in ages, in addition to old text messages and photos that you don’t need. Freeing up space can even help your phone update more quickly.

Check your settings

After a software update, it’s common for the network and privacy settings on your smartphone to reset. These include the settings for Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth sharing, and even your social media settings. No worries – all you have to do is re-enter the information, and you’re good to go. This might involve logging back into your Wi-Fi, reconnecting to your Bluetooth device, and customizing other preferences the way you want. With a new update, you’re also free to enjoy the new features and services that are now available on your smartphone.

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