Thursday, May 23, 2013

Force An Over The Air Update On Android

8:42 PM

How many times have you heard about a new update for your specific phone model but every time you go to “check for updates” nothing happens? This has happened to me on several occasions. And considering the fact that I don’t own a Nexus smartphone, I usually feel like I’ve been waiting long enough by the time I hear that an update is rolling out. Thankfully, we have a solution that just might work for you!

First you want to check for an update the traditional way:

  1. Go into your Android device’s main Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on About Phone.
  3. Tap on System Updates (or something along those lines).
  4. If applicable, tap on Check Now.
  5. If you get notified that an update is available, then your done!

If you weren’t so lucky, then follow these steps:

  1. Go into your Android device’s main Settings.
  2. Tap on the option for Apps (or something along those lines).
  3. Swipe over (or change the filter) to the All tab (where you can see all the apps on your device).
  4. Find Google Services Frame work and tap on it.
  5. Hit Clear Data (this wipes back-end Google information that clears the update logs).
  6. Press Force Stop to close the Google Services Framework application.
  7. Check for an update using the traditional method outlined above.
This method works on both smartphones and tablets, but like we mentioned earlier there has to actually be an update available for your device’s specific model. As in, if you have a Verizon Galaxy S3, there has to be an update specifically for the Verizon version of the SGS3. Also, for those of you wondering, clearing the data for Google Services Framework doesn’t delete your Google accounts, contacts, calendar or anything like that from your phone.

Note: If this Tutorial and News worked for you (and it should work), please leave a comment below. Thanks.

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