When you have a phone, you don’t look at your system information since you may not understand what the terms and numbers mean. Knowing how to get to the system information may also be a barrier.
Knowing your system information is important because some apps require specific hardware capabilities and Android versions to run correctly, and you should be able to check if your device meets those needs.
You also may want to make sure you have the latest update so that your phone can run smoothly. Below you will find how you can check your system’s specifications so that you can understand if your phone is able to run the programs that you download.
1. Enter the Settings of your device. The icon for Settings on your Android device typically looks like a small gear against a grey background. If you can’t find the icon, you will need to swipe up on your screen and you can use the search bar at the top of the screen to search your phone for the app. Tap on it to open it when you find it.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings screen. The parts of your settings that include the information that you need to view different parts of your device information include System Updates and About Phone sections.
3. If you tap “System Updates,” you will be able to view when your device was last updated. You will also be able to update your PRL if you have service from Sprint or Verizon, updating this would make sure that outside of your home network you have the ability to connect to a tower to still use your phone.
It’s important to update it every once and awhile, and you can do that here. You can also update your profile, which would update your network access information and make your phone’s performance smoother.
4. About Phone is below the System Updates option. Tap About Phone.
4. You will see your phone number, your model number, your IMEI, your software version, and your hardware version. This is all good information to know before you download an app or run a program on your phone. Tap status, which is located below that information.
5. In Status, you will find your SIM card status, Brand, username, IP Address, MAC Address, and your phone status. Tap SIM card status at the top of the screen. Here you will find your network name, your mobile network state, your service state, your signal strength, and your mobile voice network type. Tapping these will not lead you to anywhere else. This part of your phone is purely just for information.
6. Tap IMEI information to view your International Mobile Equipment Identity, which identifies your mobile device. Under this section you will find the following information: your MIN, which is your Mobile Identification Number which a wireless carrier uses to identify your phone; your PRL version, which is used to connect your phone to a tower; your MEID, which is a globally unique mobile identity number; your IMEI as described above; and your IMEI SV, which is your software version associated with your IMEI. These are all pieces of information that you can view, but tapping them will not lead you to any other information.
7. Tap the Back arrow in the top left corner of the screen twice to exit.
8. Tap Software Information located third on the About Phone menu. You will now enter where you can find your build number, Android version, kernel version, Knox version, security software version, and your security path level. All of these are pieces of information that you can view.
9. Tap your Android Security Patch level to get information about any security updates that were installed in the last update on your device.
10. Tap the back arrow in the left of the screen to get back to the About Phone section of your settings.
11. Tap on Battery Information at the very bottom of the screen. This will open a menu where you can view information about your battery. You can see your battery percentage, your battery status, and your battery capacity, all of which are associated with your phone’s performance.
12. Press the back button to exit the Battery Information section and then press it again to exit the About Phone section.
13. Scroll up a little and click on Device Care. Here you can optimize your device by pressing the blue button in the middle of your screen after it scans your phone. You can also see how long you have left on your battery, how much storage you have left, and how much memory you have left.
If you tap on each of these, you will see what is taking up that part of your phone. For example, if you tap on the battery icon at the bottom of the screen, you will see which apps are using the most battery on your device and if you tap on storage, you will see which apps are taking up the most storage on your device.