How to Upgrade to Android 12: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you ready to upgrade your device to the latest version of Android? Android 12 is here, and it's packed with exciting new features and improvements. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps of how to find, download, and install Android 12 on your device. From the home screen, swipe up to see your apps, tap Settings, scroll down and select Software Update, tap Download and Install. The next screen will check for any updates and show you what it contains.

When the update is downloaded, tap Install Now. Next, navigate to the option that says Apply update from ADB using the volume up button and confirm the selection by pressing the power button once. Google has added AppSearch in Android 12; this in-device search engine can search for indexed content in apps and other content on your phone, such as Spotlight Search on iPhones. Only a small number of smartphones can access the public beta version of Android 13, but for now, Android 12 remains Android's latest and best offering.

It's worth noting that things were different with Android 11, as the first stable update began to be released five months after the operating system made its debut. Vivo released the first update to Android 11 about three months after the release of the operating system, and it looks like they'll be a little faster this year. If you're one of the lucky owners of a Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro device, you'll be among the first users to experience all that Android 12 has to offer. For example, on Samsung phones, just scroll down until you find Software Update in the main settings menu.

Nokia hasn't yet shared a full update schedule, but it looks like they're progressing rapidly for certain devices. Android 12 is a big improvement over its predecessor; it has a renewed design and a bunch of new features such as scrolling screenshots, one-handed mode, and more. If you have a third-party Android phone, check the company's website, forums or social media to find out when you can expect Android 12 to arrive. The Pixel 6 already has Android 12 built-in while older Google phones won't be updated to the latest version of the operating system. Once this is complete and your phone has restarted, you should run the new version of Android.

Android 13 is now available in beta and you can now install the update on your Pixel if you're interested in taking a look at all the new features coming to Android.

Paul Phommajack
Paul Phommajack

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