How To Update Firmware On Your Android Phone

One of the most considered things of Android users is that if there are the updates for their devices. There are two common ways to update the firmware on your device, including: over the air (OTA) and manual updates, which is a little more complicated than OTA. In this post, we’ll show you how to perform both on various Android devices.

How To Perform Automatic Updates

As normal, the software updates are automatically rolled out to your devices, which is in the form of OTA (over the air). When there is an update, you’ll get a notification prompting you that an update is now available to install and all you need is tapping on it to begin the process.

If your device isn’t being pushed the update or you accidentally deleted the notification, you can manually check the update by heading to About Device > System Updates > Check for Updates. These steps will vary depending on the model of your device, but generally, it is in the same area.

How To Manually Update Your Phone

There are several reasons that tight you to manually update your phone, but some of the most common reasons come from that you’ve already rooted your device or don’t receive OTA updates anymore. With the older Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z5 , which cannot receive the official Android Oreo update anymore, you can turn to custom ROMs like Lineage OS as a great solution.

Locate a ROM

The first step to do a manual update is to locate a ROM so that you can install it on your device. If it’s an official ROM, you can check the appropriate website for the manufacturer of your phone and locate the proper ROM of your model. The stock ROM of the popular manufacturers can be found from here: Samsung (SamMobile), Sony (Flashtool), LG (LG Phone Firmware), or Huawei (EMUI). You can also get the best custom ROMs for your phone from here.

Also read: Android Oreo Updates For Smartphones And Tablets

  1. Install the ROM

As mentioned, if you want to install the ROM, you’ll first need to locate the suitable program for the model of your smartphone or use a custom recovery to help you. But using custom recovery will require your device to be unlocked and rooted.

KIES: This software helps to update Samsung devices, allowing you to download and install the ROM to from your computer. The KIES will automatically download the firmware based on your device model and location. However, if a ROM hasn’t been released to your device, you should use KIES for the update.

Odin: Another program that allows installing ROMs on your Samsung phones is Odin software. Unlike KIES, Odin lets you install the ROM you’ve downloaded yourself from SamMobile or other websites. Moreover, you can also root or install a custom recovery on your Samsung devices through Odin.

Flash Tool: It is used to install ROMs for Sony Xperia devices. However, you should note that this software only works on Xperia devices, which have already been unlocked bootloader. Although it’s still in beta stage, it supports most Windows PCs.

HTC One Tool Kit: This software was developed by some members of the XDA Developers Forum and works with HTC devices. With this program, you will be able to unlock your bootloader, root your devices, and install both the official ROMs and custom ROMs on your HTC phone. You can download this toolkit from the link: HTC One Toolkit.

LG PC Suite (LG Bridge): The program helps in updating the firmware for LG devices. You can download the program by click on LG’s device search page, searching for PC Suite and then get the one for your phone. Once you installed the software, click on the Check Phone Update box. Similar to the other official programs, it only installs the official updates for your LG device.

Custom Recovery: If you cannot find a compatible program for your device, the best option you should do is installing a custom recovery. It’s a simple method to install the custom ROMs and back up the data of your device. As such, download the custom or official ROMs on your device and install them through custom recovery without needing a computer as an intermediary.

ROM Manager: This app, which only supports the rooted devices, allows you to check if there are ROMs available for your device. It also helps you install ROMs directly from the app with the pretty steps so that you can browse and try out different ROMs.

Do you use other methods to install updates on your phone? Let’s know in the comment below.

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