Manually Update Android Version - 4 Options Here

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The Android operating system continues to be more impressed with the release of every new update and the new Android 9.0 pie is no different. Available for download on most Android devices at the moment and comes with over 25 new features that are meant to improve your device's performance.

The upgrade process is quite easy and can be accomplished in numerous ways. In this article, we are going to look at the various ways to easily update the Android version on your phones or tablets manually.

Make a Backup of Your Android Device

Before we begin with the different ways to manually update your Android device, it is important to create a backup of all the data on your Android device. There are a lot of things that could go wrong during the update process that could result in data loss. If you have a backup of all the data, you can easily restore all the data back to the device. Follow these simple steps to back up the data on your Android device: 

Step 1:  Go to Settings >  Backup and reset and then choose "Back up my Data" and "Automatic restore" to enable the feature.

Step 2: Now go to Settings > Accounts and choose your Google account.

Step 3: Check all the boxes to select the data you want to be synced to your Google account.


Note: This process may vary slightly across different Android devices, but the steps are basically similar.

Like we mentioned before, there are several ways you can update your Android device, you can have a brief view of them first. 

Success Rate
Operating Difficulty
Required Time
Other Benefits
Fix all system/software issues
Over the Air
Fix some software issues
With Upgrade Package
Very Long
Fix some software issues
Via Rooted ROM
Very Long
Fix some software issues

Option 1. Manually Update Android Version via the Most Professional Tool

One of the easiest ways to update your Android device is to use the best Android system repair tools in the business. This tool is known as iMyFone Fixppo for Android and it is designed to help you not just fix all system issues in your Android device, but also for updating your device as you want.

  • It is the best and most advanced Android repair tool and has a 100% success rate of repairing/updating.

  • It is very easy to use and all you need to do is just a few clicks.

  • The program supports thousands of Android devices including and all versions of the Android OS.

Here's how to perform an update on a Samsung Galaxy Device using Fixppo for Android: 

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone Fixppo for Android on to your computer. Launch the program and then click "Start" to begin the process. In order to download the latest firmware on your device, you will need to provide your device's details. Enter all the details that identify your device and then click on "Download Firmware".


Step 2: Now, connect the device to your computer and double-check that the details you entered are correct and then click "Start". Follow the instructions on the screen to put the device in Download Mode.


Step 3: Once the device is in download mode, the program will begin fixing any issues the device may have. When the repair process is complete, the device will restart with the corresponding version of Android installed on it.


Many professional media sites have already trusted this advanced tool, so do not hesitate to have a try.


Option 2. Manually Update Android Version Over the Air

Under normal circumstances, your device will let you know when there is an update for your Android device. Most devices will either download the update automatically if you are connected to Wi-Fi or notify you that the update is available if you are using Cellular data. If you don't see the update notification, here's how you can update the Android device manually: 

Step 1: Connect the device to a reliable and strong Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Now go to Settings -> About Device and then select "System Updates -> Check for Updates -> Update. The download and the installation process will begin.

Step 3: Your device may reboot automatically when the installation is complete.


Disadvantages of Using this Method

  • Your device needs to be connected to Wi-Fi to update or you will incur cellular data charges if you choose to update via Cellular data.

  • Sometimes the update can stall or fail to complete due to various reasons. 

Option 3. Manually Update Android Version with Upgrade Package

Your device's manufacturer may also have update files for users to download. In this way, you can download the update package from the device manufacturer's website and store it on your device's SD card. You can then use this upgrade package to update the device to the latest version of Android.

The process to update the device using this upgrade package is relatively simple. Follow these simple steps to do it: 

Step 1:  Settings > About Phone > System Update. The device should display this update package.

Step 2: Tap "Continue" to allow the device to download and install the package.

Step 3: Reboot the device to complete the process.


Disadvantages of Using this Method

  • You need to find and download the upgrade package before you can update the device.

  • You need to have adequate storage on your device or SD card for the update.  

Option 4. Manually Update Android Version via Rooted ROM

Rooting your device allows you superuser access, giving you the ability to not just easily update the device to the latest version, but also install unapproved apps. The following simple instructions will help you root your device:

Step 1: Download one of the many root apps on to your computer.

Step 2: Run the rooting app and then connect the Android device to the computer using USB cables.

Step 3: Follow the on-screen prompts to root the device.

Step 4: Once the rooting process is complete, reboot the device and you'll have instant access to the latest version of Android.


Disadvantages of Using this Method

  • It can result in total data loss when done incorrectly.

  • The process will also invalidate the warranty on the device.

  • When done incorrectly, the process could also result in significant damage to the software. 

Tip. How to Install Android Beta Q on Your Android

Even with the latest Android 9.0 already in the market, Android developers continue to experiment with more features to improve later updates. One of these updates is known as Android Q and although there is no official release date for it yet, Google has already rolled out Android Q to beta testers.

To have access to the Android Q beta, you must have a pixel smartphone. The following are some of the devices that can run Android Q Beta: Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL. By mid this year, Google had also rolled out a version of Android Q Beta that can be used on other non-Google devices.

To download Android Q, follow the guidelines laid out on this page. You will need to read and agree to the terms of service before you can be accepted into the Beta program. Once accepted, you will receive regular over the air update notifications for the various Android Beta builds.


This method allows you to reap all the benefits and enjoy the features of the latest version of Android before anyone else can, but we must warn you that beta updates can be dangerous. They can cause issues that may interfere with your device's ability to function correctly and may even cause data loss.


With more than one way to manually update your Android device, you can choose the method that best suits your particular situation according to your needs. Just remember to back up your data before updating the device.  


By  Robert Moore , to Android Issues

Posted on Aug 05, 2019  ( Updated: Oct 15, 2019 )

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