Software/system updates are some of the major things you need to take seriously when it comes to your Smartphone. This is because they can upgrade your phone and also render your device useless, 70% of which depends on you.
I know there are some people like me who don’t joke with System Update, getting my Smartphone to the latest version, because it gives you the best experience, like downloading apps and other stuff.
System update might fail, yes they fail on some devices. I some months ago wrote an article about Common Google Play Store error codes and How to Fix them, so today I will discuss on System update, the do’s and don’ts
System Update – Do’s and Don’ts, as well as Possible solutions to Update not Installing
First of all the installation process.
There can be many reasons for the installing system update to fail on a smartphone. Here are the most common reasons,
- Insufficient storage space for the update.
- Bad internet connection.
- Google Play store updates creating issues.
If you are also facing the problems mentioned above while installing a system update on your phone, then you can follow the solutions below to fix it.
1. Clear Storage Space
Many Android users face an Android system update failed due to the lack of storage space. So, before the system installation process, you should make sure that you have enough storage space for next update on your phone.
If there’s not enough storage space on your device, you can regain it by deleting unnecessary apps and data from your phone which you do not use. With the help of the reliable fine manager, you can delete junk and redundant files.
You need space in gigabytes to prevent any complications, so at least 1GB should be free. This also depends on the type of update, if it is a major systen upgrade to a different android version, or just a security/bug fixing/ better performance update.
Also you don’t have to worry about the downloaded file used for the update taking up space or about deleting it, cos after the update, it clears itself.
2. Check Internet Connection
To make sure that your system update does not get fail during the process, check your internet connection before starting the process.
If you are using the Wi-Fi network for a system update, then you must have good internet speed. Otherwise, you can use your mobile network. Updating through mobile network is a good option as there are various reasons will cause you to disconnect to your Wi-Fi.
3. Clearing Data from Google Play Store App
If the problem occurs due to the Google play store updates, then you can follow the below instructions to fix the update problem.
- Open the “Settings” menu, and then go to the “Applications”. Now, find the Google Play store from the list.
- Once you find the Google play store app, then tap on “Storage” and then, clear cache and data.
- You can even rollback to the Google play version by installing updates. Doing this may fix your issue.
The second process in the update is the actual update after the installation. Now the above solutions fixes problems experienced during installation, however there is still a risk/ problem involved.
This is involves the update bricking your device. The term “bricking” explains a device that is as good as a brick, that is it is of no use due to a software problem.
There are certain things you should know to prevent this occurrence of bricking your device;
✓Avoid interruptions during update:
An Android software update is very critical to your phone’s health. Once the ongoing update is interrupted, it imposes a great risk and may affect its performance. The most common interruption is User-error, that is trying to use the phone while update is ongoing. So that eagerness or hurry to check or use the phone should be controlled.
To avoid it, perform the updates during your free time, such that you have no worry of receiving calls or wanting to do something with the device. Also it is best to find a distraction to prevent that eagerness to check the phone while update is ongoing.
✓Make sure there is enough power supply from the battery.
No one needs to tell you that an update that is stopped halfway due to power shortage automatically means a bricked device. So you either plug-in and perform the update or preferably charge your device to a reasonable battery percentage, at least 50%.
✓Wait for more stable updates.
Patience is important here for the sake of your device. Sometimes phone manufacturers roll out bug- filled update and this can cause an incomplete or failed update, as the update being modified or altered with those bugs isn’t what is meant to overwrite the previous OS, and therefore destroys it.
When you receive the OTA for a software update, familiarize yourself with the latest version first before you install and download on your phone. Ask questions, to know is other users have experienced any unusual occurence. With appropriate and accurate information, you may want to wait until the latest version is on a stable status before updating your device.
This applies mainly for major system updates, for security patches, there is no need for that, as these are mainly bug fixing updates