Every month, Google publishes a security bulletin in which it lists the various security flaws found in Android. Fortunately, the American company provides its customers with security patches to correct the flaws in the system. Let’s see now how to install a security update on your Android smartphone.
Why is it important to do security updates for Android
Mobile operating systems like any computer system have weaknesses. And unfortunately Android is no exception to this rule. The smartphone in your pocket is vulnerable to malware and computer attacks.
Obviously there are different tools to eradicate these malware. On this page you will find different methods to check if your smartphone is infected and to remove a virus on Android.
However, there is nothing to stop you from taking some precautions beforehand to avoid problems as much as possible. In order to protect its customers, Google releases patches every month to prevent hackers from exploiting the vulnerabilities discovered.
It is important, not to say essential, to install all security updates. As you know, prevention is better than cure. But you need to know where to find them and how to install them on your Android smartphone.
Check the security level of your phone
Many manufacturers are reluctant to upgrade their old devices to the new version of Android. As a result, many users find themselves using phones with outdated OS.
This problem is well known. However, it is important to distinguish between Android updates and security updates. The first ones concern the phone’s functionality (interface, handling, new functions) while the second ones are in charge of correcting Android’s security flaws.
If you want to protect yourself against hacking risks, you should make sure to keep your device constantly updated. Google releases a security patch every month. Here’s how to download it to your phone.
- Open the settings section of your smartphone
- Scroll down
- Select the About Phone option
- Then click on Android version
In the list, you’ll see various information and in particular the number of the latest security update installed on your phone. Make sure to check the date of the security patch. If necessary, here is the procedure to manually search for a security update.
- Go back to your phone’s settings
- Click on the Security section
- Select the security update option
- Then press the blue Search for updates button
Your smartphone will tell you if an update is available. If so, click on the download button and follow the instructions on the screen.