Maybe you bought your Android handset secondhand. Perhaps you’ve switched devices over time and are returning to your first smartphone. Whatever the case, you want to check to see if there’s a software update available. All this talk about Ice Cream Sandwiches and Jelly Beans is for a reason, right?

Each device is a bit different but many of them use the same tactics for software updates.  And, if you’ve done it a time or two on one model, you’ll be able to figure it out on others. As you probably have guessed by now, you’ll start by opening up the app tray (usually an icon that looks like small squares) at the bottom of your phone and scroll until you see Settings. 

In many cases, you’ll scroll to the very bottom of the menu until you see System updateSoftware update, or About phone. Your phone is designed to periodically check for updates so you may see something that references the last time it searched for an update. It’s possible that you may also see references to firmware, software, profiles, PRL, or general Android updates. It doesn’t hurt to check for updates on any or all of these.

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