Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How To Update Android Firmware

Knowing that your Android smartphone will receive updates makes your smartphone appear more unique than another smartphone out there. Whether you are making use an Android phone or iOS smartphone, since there are only a handful of devices that are under Apple’s control, updates are regularly rolled out across all the devices at the same time. With Android, it can take ages to start a roll-out and even then, there are no guarantees your device will be seeing the update, or there may be issues associated with the update itself. So far there is are only ways you can update your smartphone, which include over the air (OTA) or manual updates, the methods are a bit more complicated. In this article, you learn how to do both across various devices.

How to do automatic updates on your Android phone

Normally there are always software push out updates roll out to an Android device, which usually occurs via OTA (over the air), when this occurs, you will receive a notification that will tell you that an update has gotten to your phone and its ready to install, all you need to do now is to click on it ti start the update on your phone. However if for any reason it is not being pushed to your device or you accidentally cleared the notification, you can check manually if there is an OTA update available by heading to About Device > System Updates > Check for Updates. This exact terminology will vary depending on what type of device you own, but it should be in the same general area.

How to manually update Android device

Updating an Android smartphone has various reasons but most of them are common that you don't have stable internet connection, enough data, steady wifi or you’ve rooted your device and aren’t receiving OTA updates anymore. In the case of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 which won't be getting an official Android Nougat update, you might even turn to custom ROMs like Lineage OS. Just follow the bellow procedure:

1. Locate a ROM
First thing first if you want to perform a successful manual update, locating a ROM that you want to install on your device. In the case of an official ROM, we would check the appropriate website for each manufacturer and locate the proper ROM for our model of the device. The firmware of the more popular manufacturers can be found here: Samsung (SamMobile), Sony (Xperia Firmware or Flashtool), LG (LG Phone Firmware), Huawei (EMUI) or Motorola (Motorola Firmware). You can find information on the best custom ROMs here.

2. Installing the ROM
If you want to install a ROM, you’ll have to locate the specific program which is suitable for your brand of smartphone or use a custom recovery, which requires your device to be unlocked and rooted. You can learn more about installing custom ROMs here.

KIES: This is a program used to update Samsung branded devices, allowing us to download the ROM and install it to the mobile device from your PC. KIES itself downloads the firmware for you based on your device and location, so if a ROM hasn't been rolled out to your device or location, you won’t be able to install it using KIES.

Odin: This another program that allows you to install ROMs on your Samsung devices. The advantage here is that unlike KIES, you can install the ROM you’ve downloaded yourself, such as from SamMobile. For a brief overview, you can check out any of our various tutorials on how to root your Android devices with kingroot.

Flash Tool: This is a tool used to flash ROMs onto Sony Xperia devices. You’ll have to keep in mind that this will only work on Xperia devices that have their bootloader unlocked. Right now, it’s in beta stages but works across most Windows PCs.

HTC Sync Manager: Just as the name suggests, this program is used to install updates, among other things, on HTC devices. To get it, you can head over to the official HTC website and grab it. Once installed, you just have to connect your smartphone to your PC via USB and then fire up the program. It will search for software updates for you, but only official updates will be available to you.

HTC One Tool Kit: This is a program that is being developed by some folks over at the XDA Developers Forum and works for HTC devices. In this toolkit you can unlock your bootloader, root some devices, and of course, install official and custom ROMs on your HTC. You can grab the toolkit from the following link: HTC One Toolkit.

LG PC Suite: This is a program mainly for updating LG devices and can be downloaded by hitting LG's device search page and searching for PC Suite - just download the one for your device. Once the program is installed, you just have to click on the box Check Phone Update. As with some of the other official programs, this will only install official updates for your device.

KDZ Firmware Updater:  This is another nice program that allows you to update and flash ROMs, both official and custom, to LG devices. Note that although the installation of this program is relatively simple, you may have some issues with Windows Vista or 7 because you’ll need to make sure you give the program administrator privileges. You can grab the program from the following link: KDZ Firmware Updater.

RSD Lite: With this program, Motorola users usually don’t have problems with receiving updates, however, this toolkit will allow you to flash stock firmware on your Motorola again if you ever have any issues.  You can grab the program from the following link: RSD Lite.

Custom Recovery: If you have not seen a compatible program in the following list for your device or manufacturer, the best option may be to install a custom recovery on your device. This is one of the simpler methods for flashing custom ROMs and backing up your device and is accessed when you reboot your device. As such, you can download custom or official ROMs straight to your device and then install them without having to use a PC a middle man.

ROM Manager: This app is mainly for rooted devices, allows us to see which ROMs are available for your device. This also offers users to install ROMs straight from the app and provides a pretty simple solution for you to browse and try out different ROMs, download it here.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow thanks a lot prof. I have been looking for a way to update my LG phone, this post will be of a great use to me