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Updates plug up errors and issues Android tablets, or any computer-based device, experience occasionally. You have to understand, the software was written by people–it wasn’t prewritten on an assembly line like much of the hardware is. This introduces coding errors.

Luckily for everyone, when an error or issue is found, on rare occasions, an update can be rolled out to any Android tablet that needs it. But how do you update Android tablets? It turns out it can be as easy as a few taps on your Android’s screen. That is, if your Android tablet isn’t rooted. If your Android tablet is rooted, you’ll have to go an extra mile to get your Android tablet’s firmware updated.

Updating Android Tablet with Wi-Fi

Connecting to Wi-Fi:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon. You can find it among your list of apps or access it from your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by touching your Android device’s dashboard and swiping down.

wifi quick settings

2. Locate and select ‘Wi-Fi’ among your settings or, alternatively, if you chose to use your ‘Quick Settings Menu,’ you can tap the ‘Wi-Fi’ icon. However, you’ll still need to establish a network connection if you aren’t already connected to one.

3. Double-check your Wi-Fi is on. Tap the slider to the right to turn it ON.

4. Connect to a network connection, preferably a safe and secure network connection.

How to Update with Wi-Fi:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon. You can find it among your list of apps or access it from your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by touching your Android device’s dashboard and swiping down.

About phone

2. At the top are several tabs. Tap ‘General.’ Afterwards, look to the left hand panel. Locate and tap ‘About device.’ You may have to scroll down to find it.

3. In ‘About Device’ settings, select ‘Software update’ or, alternatively, depending on your manufacturer and Android version, it may also be labeled as ‘System Firmware Update.’

4. When prompted, choose ‘Check for Updates’ and here’s where a network connection is necessary. It will check for any system updates that are ready to download and implement.

5. When the search is complete, it will provide more options if there’s an update for you to install. Select ‘Update.’ Also, if you’d like for your device to make software updates automatically, you can go ahead and checkmark the box next to ‘Auto update.’

6. Finally, select ‘Install.’ Again, depending on your manufacturer and Android version, it may also be labeled as ‘Reboot and Install’ or ‘Install System Software.’ Your Android tablet will install the update and restart all by itself into the new version of Android.

Updating Android Tablet with a Computer

1. Head to the website that your Android device was manufactured by. If you’re having trouble locating it, search your Android tablet’s name and type. For example, when you search, use keywords like ‘software update Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.’ As you can see in the image below, a helpful update link is provided.

2. Next, you’ll need to download and install the device management software that matches your Android manufacturer. A few examples are ‘Kies’ and ‘MDM.’ Samsung devices use ‘Kies’ while the latter, ‘MDM,’ is used by Motorola devices.

3. Head back to your Android tablet’s parent site. If it’s a Samsung device, then you head over to Samsung’s website, for example. Use your Android tablet’s parent website to search, find, and collect any available updates. They’ll be available for download so they then can be used, in conjunction, with the device management software.

4. Once you’ve downloaded all the necessary files and install the right tools, connect your Android device to your computer with the use of a USB cable.

5. In the device management software, you’ll need to locate anything that relates to an update command, like ‘Tools’ or ‘Update.’ For example, Kies has its update command under ‘Tools,’ and then ‘Firmware Upgrade and Initialisation. After you’ve clicked it, the software will update your phone. It’s just a matter of following the steps they present to you.

Updating a Rooted Android Tablet

When your Android tablet is rooted, or any rooted Android device, it can’t be updated by normal means. If you attempt to update your firmware through Wi-F- or a computer, you’ll only be hit with an error. Instead, what you need to do is rollback your Android device back to its stock ROM (original version), then update the Android device and re-root the Android tablet.

If you’re looking to unroot, check out SuperSU that makes the unrooting process very simple and easy.

1. Unroot your Android tablet.

2. Update like normally, through a computer or with a Wi-Fi connection. Read the section ‘How to Update with Wi-Fi’ and ‘Updating Android Tablet with a Computer.’

3. Root your phone again.