Smartphone users will periodically receive notifications that a new operating system (OS) update is available. When this happens you may find yourself asking, why update my operating system?
Installing these updates is essential for maintaining the performance and security of your phone. Updates are delivered directly from the manufacturer to ensure that your apps and software run smoothly using the latest technology, and may even include new features. Perhaps more importantly, they often 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 OS:
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.
As you already know, 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.