Things to do before an Android update to avoid problems
As much as I bang on about the Android update process and how to handle it correctly, I’m always surprised to find that not everyone listens when I talk. So I’ll try again: if you want to enjoy a perfect Android update without any of the usual problems, follow these three steps. I can’t guarantee Android itself will be bug free, but I can help you minimize your chances of suffering.
1. Back up your data
This is one thing I’ll never get tired of saying: back up, back up, back up. The more backups the merrier, the more often the better, the more locations the safer. Get yourself a cloud backup service, use a free app like Helium, copy files to your computer with a USB cable, email yourself stuff, make a Nandroid – whatever it takes. The point is that you do it. And then you do it again, just to be sure.
2. Charge your battery and take some last minute screenshots
For obvious reasons you don’t want your Android dying mid-update, so make sure your battery is charged to around 70 – 80 percent before trying to install any update. It’s also a good idea at this point to snap a couple of screenshots of your home screens and email them to yourself.
If you use an alternative Android launcher you can always save your preferences, but if you use a stock launcher a quick few screenshots of your home screens will let you set up your phone post-update in a jiffy. Of course, the update itself won’t reset your phone, but…
3. Wipe cache and factory reset
Now, some of you will claim there’s no need to factory reset after an Android update and that may be true for you. At the very least you’re going to want to clear the system cache for your Android after installing the firmware. This is the quickest and easiest way to clear up early battery drain bugs and performance issues.
But if problems persist, or you’re in the habit of backing up like me, then a factory reset and “start from scratch” approach with new firmware gives you the best opportunity of avoiding the multitude of problems that seem to plague everyone else following an update. It’s not even a big deal, it just seems like it if you never do it.
Once you’ve backed up all your data and installed the update, simply reboot into recovery (usually by turning your phone off and holding Power and Volume Down simultaneously, but it differs on different phones – search the site for your device) and then wipe the cache partition and factory reset.
Once you boot up again, just restore your backup (or use Android’s Tap & Go feature) and set up your home screens with your handy screen shots as a reference. As I said, I can’t guarantee that the new Android version won’t have some bugs, but the usual performance and battery issues, random reboots and crazy app behavior can generally be avoided with this simple three step procedure.
Do you suffer from problems after an update? What do you do to prepare for an Android update?
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