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How To Check for Android Updates

Android Lollipop 5.1 is on its way out now and will be reaching eligible devices in due course. Update schedules can be dependent on the device manufacturer and the network provider and some may get the latest Android sooner than others.

The best advice we can really give is be patient. You will be notified when it’s time to download and install. But if anxiety is getting the best of you and you can’t wait to get usual stability improvements and brand new features including Device Protection and HD Voice calls you can check if your Android 5.1 update is ready right now by following these steps:

From the Home screen or Apps screen locate and tap Settings

Scroll to System and select it

Tap About Device/Phone/Tablet

If you need to check the Android version you are currently running select Android Version

Or to see if a new version is ready for you select System Updates

Tap Check for Update

If an update is available you will be able to choose Download to begin

Once downloaded and installed your device will reboot and new a Android experience will be at your fingertips!

These steps can be performed on most Android devices to check their versions and update them to their highest available versions. We have highlighted Android 5.1 as the most current release at time of publishing. Some of the terms and icons may vary dependent on Android version.

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