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These things you must do before updating your phone to the latest Android OS

These things you must do before updating your phone to the latest Android OS

By  Jocelyn Longoria 2019-05-31 430 0

If you want to take full advantage of your Android update and avoid problems, it is important to prepare your terminal for the update. I can't guarantee you a bug-free version, but I can help you minimize the risks.

1. Back up your data

This is something I will never be tired of saying: save, save and save! The more backups you have of your data, the safer you will be.

You can opt for a backup of your data in the cloud, use a free application like Helium, copy the files via USB to your computer, send your photos by email... It doesn't matter what the technique is. It is important to make a backup of your data. It's painful, it can take time, but it's better to play the safety card.

2. Charging your battery and taking screenshots

For obvious reasons, if you don't want your Android smartphone to turn off in the middle of an update, make sure your battery is at least 70/80% charged before trying to install the update. It is also a good idea at this point to take several screenshots of your home screens and save them, so you can see how you organized your icons.

If you use an alternative launcher, you can always save your preferences. But if you use a classic launcher, a few quick screenshots of your home screens will allow you to configure your phone after the update in no time at all.

3. Clear ("wiper") the cache and restore to factory settings

Most of you feel that it is not necessary to reset your phone after an Android update, and that is probably true. In the worst case, however, you can clear the system cache after the update has been installed. This is the fastest and easiest way to avoid battery and performance problems.

But what if the problems persist? Or if, like me, you are used to making clean installations? A complete restoration with the new firmware gives you the best chance to avoid the multitude of problems.

Once you have backed up all your data and installed the update, simply restart your phone in recovery mode (on most Android devices, just keep pressing the Power and low volume buttons simultaneously). Then click on wipe cache partition and factory reset. Then restart your smartphone and reinstall your backup.

As I explained at the beginning, I can't guarantee that the new Android version you installed will not cause you any problems, but the usual performance and battery issues, random restarts and strange behavior of some applications will be avoided.

Do you have any problems after an update? What are you doing to prepare your smartphone for an Android update?

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