In this month’s blog we’ll give you the download and the how to’s on how to update your Android and iOS devices.

The Skinny on Android Devices:
Android devices can be a bit confusing when it comes to updates, but major Android updates are released about once a year with occasional monthly security updates.

Each Android update used to come with a dessert themed codename like Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb. The latest version of Android is version 11.0 (released in September 2020). This update includes a number of user-facing changes and features including a built in screen recorder, smart home controls, updated media controls and dedicated space for SMS notifications.

Unfortunately, not all Android devices can be updated. Android updates are dictated by the manufacturer of your phone. Therefore, Samsung or LG is individually responsible for releasing updates, whereas Google only directly handles updates for Pixel or Nexus devices.

How to Update your Android Device:
Step 1: Check Your Current Android Version
Checking information on your Android device depends on the version of Android your phone is running and also the device manufacturer (Samsung/ LG). The following steps should be a general guideline. First, open your phone’s setting menu and pull down the notification shade. From here tap the cog “Settings” icon. Scroll down to the bottom and tap “About Phone” or “About Device” (some may need to click “System”). Your current Android version should be listed here.

Step 2: Update to the Latest Android Version (if Available)
In the Settings section, after selecting “About device”, click on system updates to view if an update is available. Most often you won’t need to check when an update is available as you will receive a notification and can click the notification to download and install it.

The Skinny on Apple Devices:
iPhones run on the IOS operating system and iPads are run on iPadOS. As long as Apple still supports your device you can easily check for updates and upgrade to the latest version right in the Settings app. At the time of writing, iPhones version 6 or higher are supported, including the first and second generations of the iPhone SE. The latest versions of Apple’s operating systems are iOS14 and iPadOS14 which were also released in September 2020. Updates are generally released once a year. This update in particular added home screen widgets, an app library, picture support and you can now change your default web browser and email apps on both the iPhone and iPad.

How to Update Your Apple Device
Step 1: Check Your Current iOS Version
You can check your iOS Version by selecting the Settings app. Click, “Settings” then “General” and “About. The version number should be listed to the right of the text “Version”.

Step 2: Update the Version to the Latest iOS
Similar to Androids, you will usually receive a notification for the latest upgrade and can click the link to proceed with the download. To manually update, click on “Settings”, then “General” and then “Software Update”. The device will check for an update and then if available you can click “Download and Install” at the bottom of the screen. A simple message, “Your software is up to date” will appear if there is no update available.
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Check your devices and ensure all your mobile devices are up to date. Stay on top of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements so you can optimize your technology for the New Year!