Updating the operating system as soon as an update is available is one of the main ways to protect your device and data from various threats, viruses included, as well as to enjoy the benefits of the optimizations made in the latest version of the system.
The process of updating the operating system varies from one device and operating system to another. Select the type of device you have (computer, smartphone, or tablet), and the operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Windows phone), and discover the steps you need to take.
To update your operating system to the latest version manually (usually, it is done automatically), follow the steps below:
On other devices, you need to do the following:
The video below shares information on how to update your device's operating system (taken on a Samsung device, running on Android OS 8):
Note: When you update a mobile device, make sure that it won't run out of battery power, because if it does, you may cause irreversible damage to the device. To prevent this, connect your device to the charger and make sure it's at least 50% charged. In addition, make sure to use a stable Wi-Fi connection, not mobile data, in order to avoid additional charges.
To update iOS to the latest version, follow the steps below:
Note: When you update a mobile device, make sure that it won't run out of battery power. Make sure that it's at least 50% charged. In addition, use a stable Wi-Fi connection (and not mobile data), in order to avoid additional costs.
Firstly, check if an update is available for your device:
Slide left to the App list -> Settings -> Phone update
Before you start with the updating process, make sure to free up some space (click here to learn how) on both the mobile device and the computer (or laptop), use a stable Wi-Fi (or ethernet) connection, and make sure that the mobile device and the laptop are fully charged. Verify that your device is set to the correct date and time (Settings -> Date + time) so that you get the right update.
To update your device:
If you want to update your iOS mobile device via iTunes, update the iTunes software first (download it from the Apple's website ONLY). Once you do:
Note: When you update a mobile device, make sure that the laptop won't run out of battery power, because if it does, you may cause an irreversible damage to the mobile device. To prevent this, plug the AC adapter of the laptop in an power outlet.
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