How to Force Latest OTA Update on Android Devices & Download Firmware

ANDROID LOGOWith just over 1.5 Million Android phone activations, users will be excited to get the updates. So, if you too have an Android smartphone and would like to know on how you can force an Android to check for Updates. Most of the times we are on the GPRS / EDGE data connections which have low data speeds and via which the OTA (Over the Air updates) can’t be downloaded. Generally, if you are latched onto the Wi Fi  / 3G /4G networks, the OTA updates can be downloaded. So, let’s check out on how you can check for updates manually which is nothing but to force update your Android. So, be it your Android Smart phone or an Android Tablet, you can apply this work around to get the latest OTA updates right on yuor device in a forceful manner.

  • To Force Latest OTA Update on Android Devices & Download Firmware you will have to press the menu Button in your phone, select “Settings” > “About Device” > “Software Updates” > after which you will find two options “Auto Update and Wi Fi only”, you can select any option upon your choice.

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  • Now, once you tap on “Update”, you will get a prompt regarding the Software update which is shown below.

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Now, all you need to do is to select the option of “Ok” after which the firmware update will be searched. If there is no update it will show as the below mentioned screen capture. And just in case if there is any update available, the update will be downloaded over the Wi Fi or 3G.

So there you go, you have now successfully learnt on how you can Force Latest OTA Update on Android Devices & Download Firmware. Do share with us in the comments section just in case if you need any more help about forcing the updates as we will be more than happy to assist you.



  1. PolarBear44

    October 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

    This is not forcing an update or anything at all. This is simply manually checking for updates for your device. I have an HTC incredible 2 and I have been doing this for months in hopes of updating to ICS but it comes back with “no updates available” when some people have gotten this update. When you title an article force update and use the verbage work around it means you have a way to update your device eventhogh your carrier has not made it available in your area yet. This is very misleading and probably something most already know how to do to “CHECK” updates.

  2. Ray of Perth

    October 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Must only be for latest phones. Galaxy S i9000 has “Check for Update” but when pressed, checks for update, but Says “No update available” And there are no options for Update via 3G or WiFi on this phone!! Running Gingerbread XWJVN – no updates from Kies either !! Unless rooting phone – no updates!! Cannot be done – even by a “newbie”

  3. AbdulMuneer

    October 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    How to Use Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot , Am Using Galaxy S2

  4. Ovidiu

    October 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hello. I followed all steps but on “software update” is only “check for update” and “resume update”
    My USB controller on the SGS Si9000 is brocken so, I can’t use it.
    Î have Gingerbread 2.3.5
    Can you give to me an advice?

  5. Giorgio Miles

    October 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    On my Galaxy Tab there is no option for .software Update on the About screen. The first item is Status.

    I wonder if my network have removed this option to prevent updates?

    My supplier is Three in Italy.

  6. ambar

    October 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    i have huawei u8300
    as per ur instructions i tried to check the updates for my phone but unable to find above said ” softere updates” tab in my phone settings.
    please let meknow the procedure for my phone

  7. abc

    October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am


  8. vickyi

    October 3, 2012 at 8:51 am


  9. krish

    October 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    please update with the top 10 applications and games of the week from android market

  10. vivek

    October 3, 2012 at 8:24 am


  11. Thad Burak Jr

    October 3, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Can you give us any info/hope when the Motorola Photon 4G will receive ICS? The Photon 4G seems to be generally ignored when it comes to Software/Firmware updates from Motorola or modifications from Android Advices.

  12. anuj

    October 3, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Is it wat u call Forced OTA update ? This thing can be done even by a newbie who has just started using smart phone. This is the very basic option available and i don’t believe any body would require it.

    • Pradeep Neela

      October 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      yes its a very basic option

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