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Check & update your Android version

You can see your device's Android version number and check for Android software updates at any time.

Check which Android version you have

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom. Tap About phone or About tablet.
  3. Under "Android version," you'll see your version number.

Get the latest Android updates

When you get an update notification, open the notification and tap the update action. To check for available updates without a notification:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap About phone or About tablet and then System updates.
  3. You'll see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps.

Fix an updating issue

What to do during updates

Pixel phones

You can use your Pixel phone normally throughout Android update downloads and installations.

Pixel phones install downloaded Android updates in the background. The installed updates become active the next time that you restart your phone.

Nexus, Android One, Google Play edition devices

During Android update downloads and installations on these devices, we recommend plugging in to charge and connecting to Wi-Fi.

On these devices, you'll need to wait until an installation finishes before you can use your device again.

Not enough space available

Pixel phones

If you see a notification that says "not enough space available," try clearing space with automatic storage and deletion.

Nexus, Android One, Google Play edition devices

If you see a message that says "insufficient storage available," try clearing your apps' cached data or uninstalling apps you don't use.

An update failed

If an update fails, your device will automatically try again over the next few days.

Wait at least 24 hours before checking for a failed update without a notification.

When you'll get Android software updates

Pixel phones

Android version updates

Pixel phones get the latest version of Android directly from Google.

If you bought your device from the Google Store, updates will typically reach your device within 2 weeks. If you bought your device from your mobile carrier or somewhere else, updates may take longer.

Pixel phones get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device became available on the Google Store. After 2 years, we can't guarantee additional updates.

Phone

No guaranteed Android version updates after

Pixel XL

October 2018

Pixel

October 2018

Security patches

Pixel phones get updates for security issues documented in our Public Android Security Bulletins.

To see when your device last got a security patch:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap About phone or About tablet.
  3. Under "Android security patch level," see the date of your device's latest security patch.

Pixel phones get security patches for at least 3 years from when the device first became available, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer.

Nexus devices

Android version updates

Nexus devices get the latest version of Android directly from Google.

If you bought your device from the Google Store, updates will typically reach your device within 2 weeks. If you bought your device from your mobile carrier or somewhere else, updates may take longer.

Nexus devices get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device became available on the Google Store. After 2 years, we can't guarantee additional updates.

Device

No guaranteed Android version updates after

Nexus 6P

September 2017

Nexus 5X

September 2017

Nexus 9

October 2016

Nexus 6

October 2016

Nexus 5

October 2015

Nexus 7 (2013)

July 2015

Nexus 4

November 2014

Nexus 10

November 2014

Nexus 7 (2012)

June 2014

Security patches

Nexus devices get updates for security issues documented in our Public Android Security Bulletins.

To see when your device last got a security patch:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap About phone or About tablet.
  3. Under "Android security patch level," see the date of your device's latest security patch.

Nexus devices get security patches for at least 3 years from when the device first became available, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer.

Android One devices

Android One phones get the latest version of Android from Google's hardware partners. Google's partners send updates based on their schedules, trying to get them to you as soon as possible.

When your Android One will get updates

After an update is available, it can take up to two weeks to reach your phone. When the update is ready to be installed on your phone, a message on your phone will say, "System update available." You'll need to connect to the Internet to get the notification and to download the software.

How long your Android One will get updates

All partners have committed to giving software updates for at least 18 months after the phone's launch. All Android One phones will get at least one major software update and several smaller security updates.

Google Play edition devices

Google Play edition devices get updates from the device manufacturers, not directly from Google. Google works closely with the manufacturers to provide system updates shortly after a new Android version is released.

When your device will get updates

After an update is available, it can take up to two weeks to reach your device. Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.

How long your device will get updates

Google Play edition devices may not receive the latest version of Android if they fall outside of the update window, which is usually around 18 months after a device has been released.

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