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3 stupidly simple ways to update Android firmware on any device

BY Jay Feldman / March 17, 2016
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BY Jay Feldman / March 17, 2016 / How To

Firmware, shmirmware; what’s the deal and why should you care?

Most people don’t even know how to update Android firmware, let alone why it matters. Some download the latest and greatest firmware the instant it’s available, while others hold back and let early adopters sink or swim with potential bugs.

Then there’s the hands off, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, which is completely viable so long as you refrain from cussing out your device if things go haywire.

Some of the best reasons to keep your firmware up-to-date include:

  • Improved battery life
  • Eliminating stutters and lags
  • Better connectivity
  • Improved data transfers
  • Compatibility with the latest apps
  • Design changes

When it comes to an all-encompassing-completely-obsessive-slightly-frightening-maybe-we-need-therapy-collection of the best firmware updates available, Updato.com has got your back.

Stop ripping out your hair trying to figure out how to update Android firmware; it doesn’t have to be that difficult.

You have three avenues for firmware upgrades:

  1. Use our OS Updates Library, where you can get both official and unofficial updates for your phone.
  2. Use the manufacturer’s website to download official updates.
  3. Use OTA and get direct updates through your device interface.

We’ll break down what each option has to offer you, its pros and cons, and how to perform them. After you understand every option in detail, you won’t have to bash your head trying to decide which one to choose.

Option #1: Use Updato’s comprehensive OS Updates Library

The OS Updates Library provides extensive firmware options for a large number of today’s active smartphones. When you visit our library, just enter your phone’s model number to search for the latest firmware.  If you’re unsure of your phone’s exact model number, grab your phone and go to “Settings”, then click “About”, and you’ll find your phone’s precise make and model number.

From there, visit our library, insert your make and model phone, and you’ll be presented with several firmware options to download.

Note: Thinking of choosing unofficial firmware? Keep in mind that it might make your warranty void.

With this method, you’ll have instant access to the numerous updates available for your phone, which could otherwise take months to be “pushed” to your smartphone for download.

You’ll also enjoy better functionality, more features, and can act like Joe Cool in front of all your friends for having the latest and greatest before anyone else. On the other hand, breaking your warranty might cause problems, especially if you’re on a monthly package.

Option #2: Use the manufacturer’s official site to download updates

Every manufacturer in the smartphone industry provides updates through their website. This method will get you the latest official firmware for your Android pet, however, it requires a few extra steps.

  • First, browse the manufacturer’s site and find their firmware download page.
  • Next, insert your phone’s make and model number, then the build number, which is sometimes called the baseband version (all of this information can be found in the “About” section of your phone).

Using this method, you’ll have the latest “official” software release approved by the manufacturer.

Note: Manufacturers release firmware regionally, and some regions are behind others when it comes to release dates. 

The advantage of this method is the reliability you get from the official manufacturer. The disadvantage is in the delay of releases. And yes, you can forget about all the bonus features that you might get from using “unofficial” firmware.

Option #3: Use the OTA update method

 This is the simplest and safest method for downloading and installing firmware, and is used most often by the majority of smartphone users.

Just click the “Software Update” option in your smartphone’s interface, and your gizmo will find the latest updates, if any are available. This method relies on the manufacturer’s updates, and you can expect delays depending on your region.

 Note: Some manufacturers provide special features for specifically chosen regions, and restrict them for others. Jerks. 

This “set it and forget it” option can be very handy, however, it’s rife with delays. Your buddies might end up bragging about all the latest features you’re missing out on, while you’re stuck waiting for that darn ‘Update now” push notification to appear.

But hey, patience is a virtue.

How to install your Android firmware update

Excluding OTA, once you’ve located and downloaded the latest firmware, all you gotta do is install it. If you downloaded the firmware from a manufacturer’s website, you’ll have to transfer the file to your phone’s storage, locate it within your file manager, then press “Install.”

If you choose to use our OS Update Library, (thumbs up, and props to you!) just follow Updato.com’s step-by-step tutorial on how to manually install the firmware using Odin.

Note: To avoid excessive data usage, make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

We’ve done our best to streamline the process and make it easy to follow, but if questions arise, or you just want someone to hold your hand, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help.

A few final words to ponder, because parting needn’t be such sweet sorrow:

Haiku of Firmware

Battery drains fast

Glitchy, bitchy, lags and hangs

Updato, save me!

Post your own haiku in the comments below – that’s 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, people!


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  1. Please my phone model SCH-1545 Samsung galaxy S4 Verizon is not in the list. Please include it please so I can update with my friends. Thanks

    1. You should first try to update using OTA. Go to Settings>About Device>Software updates. If you are rooted or have a customized ROM, you can download Android 4.3 for Verizon Galaxy S4 from here.

      Thank you.

  2. Why don’t you release update for tablet 2 3100 for indian region . Please give update for tab2 , I have been waiting for last 8 months . Now I am using 4.1.2 version .

  3. Since the last update on my s2 4g i have not been able to use the screen properly as in i unlock the phone and am able to push 2 buttons properly and then the screen wont correspond properly with my touch. If i plug the phone to the power point or the pc it works fine.. WTF its really starting to get annoying

  4. How can you call your website UPDATES? Your still showing 4.1.2 as the only update for sgh-i317. That was 2, OTA updates ago. Wake up boys and girls.

  5. Cant get an upgrade from Jellybean 4.3 to KitKat 4.4.4 on my Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005… Any ideas?

  6. There is not an United States version for the Samsung Note 8.0 (WiFi only)on the list of devices. THANKS!

  7. Samsung mobiles are bull shit all of em drains battery . Sumsumg really need to look into this seriously

  8. How to prevent my galaxy grand prime from hanging problem because I saw most of android phones hangs after 1 or 2 years and I don’t want that my phone have any problem. Please give me some advise to take better care of my phone for long life of it.

  9. I have a samsung SM-N9100 from China. I am now staying in Bangladesh. Here i contact with the customer care of samsung but the could not help me to run google play on my device. Please help me regarding this. This phone i want to use in Bangladesh.currently i am using lollypop5.0.

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  11. Hi I’m trying to update my Sumsang Tab 3.0 7 (SM-T211) but I’m having troubles doing it. how do I download the Firmware file and where, on my device or computer?

  12. How to prevent my galaxy GT-S 7562 from hanging problem because I saw most of android phones hangs after 1 or 2 years and I don’t want that my phone have any problem. Please give me some advise to take better care of my phone for long life of it.

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  14. Samsung grand prime I want upgrade my android version 4.4 to 5.0
    give the updation for this mobile

  15. Hi, i am from South Africa and do not see an update for Galaxy S4 (Exynos Octa) GT-I9500.
    My current OS is 4.4.2. Please advise if there will be an update and when will it be scheduled. Thanks.

  16. I am using samsung gt 9060 duos and my version is 4.4.2 tell me how to update to 5.0

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  20. Want to upgrade my Samsung SM-G850F Android 4.4.4 to 5.0
    Im speaking french
    Thank to all of you

  21. I want android M latest update for my samsung galaxy s3 mini GT-18190 please gave a link to uptodate my divice im useing still android 4.1.2

  22. Iam feeling that your team not done well for latest software updates to the samsung users update ur all site guys Thanks

  23. l updated my s4 to android lollipop ,bt after tt my wifi wont turn on ,its showin a faded green light on wifi icon

  24. My android is galaxy S4 and my cell have been modified and it do not updating latest firmware please tell me what i do for this?????

  25. I am using aryamod on my note 3 Samsung SM-N9005 and I wanted to go back to my default or stock rom please help cant find the OS since its asking for a region??

  26. You can do the by using odin in pc install frest lollipop 5 for not3 9005 and you will do very think
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  27. Hello people, please can someone help me with a link to download lollipop ROM for SM-G900H.

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  32. Can I update my galaxy grand model no i9082 from android 4.2 jellybean to lollipop

  33. Need help with note 2 sgh-1317 dont know what i need to download my phone says failed to mount invalid argument please help

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  38. hello,

    just checking whether Note galaxy have root access. mine have root access and I unable to upgrade software. ” SAY” your mobile has been modify” update not available???

    what the error of this? can I use manual remove the root access( together with Super SU etc ) using my PC. just want to confirm will this effect to the mobile or become more worst. :) sorry long question . I just buy this mobile….

    thanks in advance…

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  43. Realizing my Galaxy S4 is now considered an ancient artifact by most people but it’s all I can afford. Anyways…..When I search for my Canadian version firmware it yields South American results.
    Any advice to where i could locate stock firmware would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  44. I can’t find kies on my phone (s2 plus) and I can’t download it..how can I?

  45. I don’t know were to get the Samsung galaxy tab a 8.0″ smoky titanium firmware. Any help?

  46. I flashed my Moto X 1st Gen(2013) with a wrong firmware and now its bricked…How do I unbrick my phone…rsd lite detects my device as QHSUSB_DLOAD…I tried installing the Qualcomm drivers and after successful installation I tried to flash a stock rom onto my device..but it says “failed to switch to fastboot”…what to do??? Do I have to flash it with a firmware first?? If so how to do it…since I cant get into the recovery mode…My device doesnt do anything..I do get the green LED when I press vol down and power for a very long time…but it doesnt vibrate or display anything else…

  47. I need firmware for samsung GT-S7250D. Please direct download link will do the trick.

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