How to Easily Update Your Phone or Computer Operating Systems

Savvy Cyber Kids By Savvy Cyber Kids April 21, 2020

Not many of us view it this way, but owning technology should be treated like owning a car. In order for a car to run as it should, there is certain maintenance that needs to be done. For your safety, your brakes should work. When they need to be replaced, you shouldn’t debate if you are going to replace them (although you may be debating where to get the service completed).

The same thing goes for the operating system software updates on your devices. Because we are busy, our automatic reaction to a window pop-up that alerts us of a need to update software is often to debate if we should update now or, more often than not, click “remind me later.” But we all need to be updating our software when we are notified of an update.

Here are 3 reasons why security updates are important.

Software updates remove security flaws

Do you want all of your information to be stolen? Do you want to be held hostage by ransomware? Of course not! Hackers look for flaws in your system, called vulnerabilities. Installing an update means limiting the vulnerabilities that the software update fixes.

Software updates introduce new features

Technology keeps evolving. With every software update, developers add the latest features to our devices. New features are not always held for major software updates. Some of the time, new features are included in software updates that also include security fixes.

Software updates can improve performance

Is your device running slow? There could be numerous reasons for the lag, but first, you should check whether your device software is updated. Various device operating systems, such as Android and iOS, start lagging when they are outdated.

Here is a quick cheat-sheet to check if your device is updated to the latest version on iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows, and Mac. While you are manually checking for updates, select the option to automatically install updates in the future.

Don’t worry if your steps are slightly different for checking updates, after all, each time your device updates things can change!


1. Plug your device into power
2. Settings -> General -> Software Update
3. Tap Download and Install

Android Phone/Tablet

1. Plug your device into power
2. Go to settings
3. Tap “Software update”
4. Tap “Check for Updates” or “Download updates manually”
5. Install.

Mac Computer

1. Click on Apple Icon
2. Select “System Preferences”
3. Select “Software Update”
4. Click on “Upgrade Now”
5. Click “More info…” if told Another update is available
6. Click Install Now

Windows Computer

1. Go to Settings
2. Click on “Update & Security”
3. Check for available updates
4. Click on “Download and Install”



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