How To Force An Android Device To Check For A System Update

Android: There have been times when we know there's an update available for our Android devices and yet nothing is showing up when you check the device settings. The problem lies with staggered releases that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and carrier to carrier. Heres an alternative method to force a check for system updates on your Android phone.

Usually you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Update to check for available updates, but the problem with that is carriers often have staggered release cycles. Ghacks posts an alternative method: go to Settings > Apps (or Applications) and select show All. Then find Google Services Framework and click the Clear Data button. Then click the Force Stop button.

Note that this might not work on the first try. And if there's no update available from your carrier or manufacturer, it won't magically create one for your device.

Force an Android device to find an update [Ghacks]


    I've succesfully updated a few phones by swapping the SIM card for an overseas one, and downloading the update through wifi.

    I have an unlocked Google Galaxy Nexus, but still no Jellybean.

      That means you have a non yakju version of the phone, for some reason google let Samsung handle the updates of some models of the phone. Google it for more information.

      You need to flash it with the YAKJU firmware. Even though the Galaxy Nexus is supposed to be a Google phone local carriers still stagger the OS releases. Once you are on YAKJU then you will get the updates directly from Google and bypass the carriers altogether.

      Get the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit. Best thing since sliced bread. I bought a nexus online, wasn't yakju, switched to yakju then BAMMM instant jellybeans filled the skies :)

    I've got the Samsung Galaxy S2 and not even this method has let me have Jellybean! Damn! Why'd I trade my Nexus S for the Galaxy S2? WHY? WHY?

      If I cant get Jellybean for my Galaxy Nexus, I doubt you would have anymore more luck with ur Nexus S, ill just eventually install the Jellybean rom, just gotta find the time to do it.

    I did this routine way back when version 4.0.4 came out, worked after several attempts.

    This sometimes works but be careful not to do it too many times or strange things can happen to your phone

    Yep, like Rob said ... be careful. Clearing the data for Google Services Framework can cause Google Play Store to stop working and produce a 'Server Error' message. Read the comments on the Ghacks site before trying this one. I had to go into 'Settings>Accounts and sync' and manually sync my Google account to get Play Store working again. SGS2 ICS 4.0.4 . Oh, there were still no updates anyway so this caused more hassles than fixes.

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