Android doesn't update firmware — reasons and what to do

Updated: May 05, 2023
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Android doesn't update firmware — reasons and what to do
by Oleksandr Kamennyi
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Consider why the firmware on Android phones/tablets is not updated and what to do in this situation. Contact online support for professional help.

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The main reasons why the firmware cannot be updated

A popular reason for the failure of automatic Android updates is the lack of applications that are responsible for the timely update. These applications also affect the occurrence of malfunctions that can "root" rights and custom recuperation. In this case, the phone often goes into "brick mode" and stops functioning.

If the phone still turns on, then you need to remove root rights. This can be done as follows:

  1. Go to the SuperSu application.
  2. Select the settings section.
  3. At the end of the list, you will be offered the function "Full removal of rights"; select it.
  4. Restart the gadget and try to install updates. Everything should work properly.

In the second case (custom recuperation), the user needs to find a suitable update that will meet the needs of the system. This can be done on the 4pda website. Having chosen a suitable firmware, it is necessary to follow the detailed instructions by flashing the system for your gadget. An alternative is to use the stock recovery, after which you need to update the phone manually.

Another cause of the problem is the absence or disabling of the manufacturer's applications. Inexperienced users can accidentally delete important data, without which the update process is impossible. If you have disabled them, you need to activate them again:

  1. Open the App Manager on Android.
  2. Find the "Inactive Applications" menu section.
  3. Press the corresponding activation button and restart the device.

Options for solving the problem

The easiest and most traditional way is a manual update. To do this, the user needs to go to the settings section and select the column "About the device". Then go to the sub-item "System update", and check the gadget for updates. After finding the update, choose to download and install the update. After completing the installation process, click "Restart and install".

If the first method does not work, you can force the system to update. To do this, you need to find Google Services Framework in the applications section. Go to the menu and erase all the data. After which the smartphone must be restarted. Within a few minutes, the updates should be installed. Note that after these manipulations, the Google Play system may require re-authorization. Therefore, if you do not remember the necessary data, you should not use this method.

The most reliable and safe way to solve the issue is to use the program Odin. But you need to be careful because the wrong actions will turn your smartphone into a "brick". So ask for help from the pros.

  1. You must first download the program.
  2. Find the firmware version you need, download the archive, and extract the contents. When the process is complete, you should find 3 files in front of you.
  3. Connect the Android to the PC.
  4. Open the Odin program.
  5. Press the power, home, and volume-up keys on the phone simultaneously.
  6. Confirm the Download Mode selection.
  7. Press the Start button inside the Odin program and wait for the system to update all the files. When the procedure is finished, the word PASS should pop up at the bottom.
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