Android 11 and iOS 14 (for iPhone) are the latest operating software for smartphones. Updating to the most current version of your operating system is essential for maintaining the performance and security of your phone. These updates ensure that apps and software on your phone run smoothly. Perhaps more importantly, they also contain security “patches” designed to help protect your device and the personal information you store on it from new viruses, malware, or other threats.
Typically, you’ll receive a pop-up message on your phone telling you when a system update is ready to be installed. These will come directly from the manufacturer (Apple, Samsung, Motorola, etc.) and not from Consumer Cellular. With this notification, you’ll be prompted to either install the update or delay it. It’s always a good idea to install these updates as soon as possible. The download process can use a lot of data, so we recommend connecting to Wi-Fi before getting started.
In addition, here are a few additional steps you can take to help avoid problems when updating your operating system:
- Charge your phone: Often, the update message you will receive will remind you to do this. Avoid having your phone power down during an update by making sure the device has at least a 70-percent charge, or by keeping it plugged in until the process is complete.
- Back up your files: OS upgrades and updates should not affect the data stored on your smartphone, but backing up files it is still a good idea, just to be safe.
- Make sure your device is compatible with the OS upgrade: A new OS may not be designed for all older devices. Apple supports its iPhones for about five years after a model is released, giving the devices the latest versions of iOS. Android models can vary, but in general, an Android phone won’t get any more security updates if it’s more than three years old.
Your smartphone is a valuable and versatile tool. Keeping it up to date with the latest operating system and security is an essential part of making sure it continues to delivers the best possible performance for you.