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Here's what to do before an Android update to avoid problems

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If you want to take full advantage of your Android update and avoid problems, it is important to prepare your terminal for the update. I can't guarantee you will get a bug-free version but I can help you minimize the risks.

1. Save your data

This is one thing I will never get tired of saying: save, save and save! The more backups you have of your data, the more secure you will be.

You can opt for a backup of your data in the cloud, use a free application like Helium, copy the files via USB to your computer, send your photos by email … Whatever the technique. It is important to make a backup of your data. It is painful, it can take time, but it is better to play the security card.

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Helium is a practical application for making backups of your data. AndroidPIT

2. Charge your battery and take screenshots

For obvious reasons, if you don't want your Android smartphone to turn off in the middle of an update, make sure your battery is at least 70/80% charged before trying to install the update. It's also a good idea at this point to take several screenshots of your home screens and save them, so you can see how you organized your icons.

If you are using an alternative launcher, you can always save your preferences. But if you use a classic launcher, a few quick screenshots of your home screens will allow you to configure your phone after the update in a jiffy.

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Fully charge your phone to avoid any problems. AndroidPIT

3. Clear ("wiper") the cache and restore to factory settings

Most of you believe that it is not necessary to reset your phone after an Android update, and this is probably true. In the worst case, however, you can clear the system cache after installing the update. It's the quickest and easiest way to avoid battery and performance issues.

But what if the problems persist? Or if, like me, you are used to making clean installations? A complete restore with the new firmware gives you the best chance of avoiding the multitude of problems.

Once you have saved all your data and installed the update, simply restart your phone in recovery mode (on most Android terminals, you just have to press and hold the Power and volume down buttons simultaneously). Then click on wipe cache partition and factory reset. Then restart your smartphone and reinstall your backup.

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Here is the recovery mode. AndroidPIT

As I explained at the beginning, I cannot guarantee that the new Android version that you have installed will not cause you any problems but the usual performance and battery concerns, random restarts and the strange behavior of some applications will be seen.

Do you suffer from problems after an update? What are you doing to prepare your smartphone for an Android update?

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