How to Update an Android Tablet

Deepak Gupta February 24, 2022
Updated 2022/02/24 at 11:12 AM

We all like to keep our electronic devices at the highest level of performance. One of the ways to achieve this goal is Always have the latest operating system updates installed. In each new system update, new features are added or errors from previous versions are corrected.

It is also common, and extremely important, that security updates are included to keep our device safe. Android systems are not exempt from updates, and the device manufacturers themselves release some updates. Today we are going to guide you in the process of update an Android tablet.

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Is it possible to update all Android tablets?

Well, as incredible as it may seem, the answer to this question is negative. This is mainly because some manufacturers design their hardware based on a version already pre-installed on the device. Proceeding with an installation on this type of device can violate these limitations and cause the tablet to not work properly.

Usually this type of mechanism it is used in low-end tablets. And even some mid-range also have this type of restriction. This is a very important factor to consider before using any alternative methods to update Android on your tablet.

My recommendations is that visit the official website of the manufacturer and find out, in the characteristics of your tablet model, if it supports updates to the Android operating system.

Steps to update an Android tablet

If you have a mid-range or high-end tablet, or a low-end one and already Did you check that it allows you to update? to a new version of the Android operating system, you must follow the steps below.

Update from the tablet itself

One of the most common configurations for almost all types of devices, and in fact it is the one that comes predefined from the factory, is that of automatically find and install any installation new, if you don’t even notify us. This can be a problem at times as this process slows down your computer and it would be a problem to use it during an automatic update.

But don’t worry, you just have to turn off auto update and set other settings on your tablet. In case you have already deactivated this function, to update you will have to do it manually.

  • Go to the menu Settings -> Device Information (in some versions it can be with the name About the Device) -> Upgrade system.
acsystem update.
  • In this menu, look for the option Search for updates and press on it.
  • Android will automatically search for new updates. You must be connected to the internet, of course.
  • Once the new update is downloaded, Android will ask you if you want to install it or it will install it automatically according to the settings you have. If it is the first option, click on Install.
install update.
Install update.
  • When the installation process is complete, the tablet itself will ask you to restart the system for the changes to take effect. Press accept.
  • Once the tablet has restarted, you will already have the latest operating system update installed.

Update by rooting the tablet

In case you have an old or outdated tablet, which doesn’t support a system update, you can try to force the update through a process of rooting of the team. In order to root the tablet you will need an extra application that does this function.

What rooting does is provide you super admin access levels to be able to modify all the functions of the tablet. Remember that some functions are limited by factory default on old tablets, and among these we have system updates.

To root the tablet you must proceed as follows:

  • Download a root appfor example Pharmarootto your tablet.
  • Install this application in the normal way, as if it were any other app.
  • Open the root app and look for an option install superuser or Install superSU. The name of the option will depend on the application. I recommend you document yourself about the application you are going to use and its functions.
  • When the installation is finished, restart the tablet and you will have all the permissions acquired.
  • Go to the menu Settings -> Device Information (in some versions it can be with the name About the Device) -> System update and proceed to update it as indicated in the previous section.

This way can bring some problems in some devices. Therefore, I recommend you make a security save of your data before proceeding. In this way, in any eventuality, you will not lose your personal information.

Use an Android update from another region

Suppose you are in the American continent, but you purchased your tablet in a European country. Well, it may be the case that your tablet is configured at the factory to only accept updates from the European region.

If this is the case, and you have already verified that your tablet supports updates, only that they do not come from your geographical region, then there is a method to update them, regardless of the region. To use this method only you must install the firmware on your tablet of the region where you are.

For this, proceed as follows:

  • Download a firmware package compatible with your tablet and that is according to the region where you live. You can do this download from the manufacturer’s official website or some third-party websites.
  • Copy the firmware package to the tablet and turn it off.
  • now you have to turn on the tablet and enter the root of it. For this, the most used way in these devices is by simultaneously pressing the power button for a few seconds and volume +. If your tablet does not turn on in this way, consult the manufacturer’s page or the user manual how to access the root of it.
Access the root mode of the tablet.
Access the root mode of the tablet.
  • Once you access the root, you will see a series of options through which you navigate with the volume keys. Look for the option to install or update firmware and follow the instructions.

You must be extra careful with this route, since installing a firmware that is not compatible with your tablet can cause damage to it. I also recommend you to make a save of your data before proceeding. So in any event you will not lose your personal information.


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