How to update the software on a Galaxy smartphone or tablet

Operating system updates are released periodically for your device. If you’re having difficulty with your device, you should always check for updates as a fix for the problem may have been released.

Software updates fall into two general types: operating system updates and security updates. The type and version of available update will depend on your model. Older devices may not be able to update to the latest Android version due to hardware limitations.

Before Android 10, Android software versions were named after sweets and treats. You’ll often see operating system updates referred to by their name rather than the version number, however the Android version on your device will be displayed as a number.

Android code name    Version number
Oreo8.0 – 8.1
Nougat7.0 – 7.1.2
Marshmallow6.0 – 6.0.1
Lollipop5.0 – 5.1.1
Kit Kat4.4 – 4.4.4 and 4.4W – 4.4W.2
Jellybean4.1 – 4.3.1
Ice Cream Sandwich4.0 – 4.04

Checking for updates

The steps to check for software updates on your device will differ depending on the device you’re using and its current operating system. Follow the steps below that correspond to your current Android version.

Software updates are released at different times depending on your location and mobile carrier. If there are no updates available, then your device is already updated to latest version.

Please note: updates may take some time to install and can be large to download. It’s recommended to download the update using a Wi-Fi connection to avoid using your mobile data allowance

To make sure that your device is always up to date, it’s recommended to switch on Auto update (Lollipop/KitKat devices) or Download updates automatically (Marshmallow devices and above)