Every smartphone release aims to be better than the previous one. Yet bugs and glitches will always exist, as with any other technological improvement. This is also the case of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus, two of the most popular devices introduced by Samsung. Even though users report some problems, the manufacturer is constantly working to solve them.
That’s what firmware updates are released for, to solve your current problems. By default, your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus should automatically search for software and firmware updates, notifying you whenever it finds something.
But there are instances when you’re not getting those notifications, or at least you’re not getting them fast enough.
If you have turned off the automatic firmware updates, for instance, you won’t get those notifications. Even if you keep them on, you will notice that it takes longer to find them “automatically” than “manually”. And if you have previously rooted your device, you will no longer receive official update notifications. So, this is another reason to check it all by yourself.
Regardless the circumstances, you’re better if you manually scan for Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus firmware or software updates. And in this article, we’re going to show you how to do that and where to look for the latest firmware versions.
The 5 steps to manually check for Android firmware updates
- Access the Menu page from the Home screen;
- Tap the Settings icon;
- Select “About device”;
- Tap the Software Updates – you should see this option at the top of the screen;
- Select the “Update now” option to search for new firmware.
If it finds anything, it takes one click to download and install the new version of firmware. Simpler, easier and definitely faster than waiting for the system to scan in the background.
Where else can you look for the latest firmware versions?
SamMobile is one of the best places from where you can get updated info on the latest firmware versions. They present the novelties in detail for any Samsung smartphone model, so you should easily find the latest version of firmware for Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus.
Before you decide that you missed any of the updates, you will need to know the exact firmware number on your device:
- Access the Settings menu;
- Tap on “About device”;
- Tap on “Build number”.
Alternatively, you can:
- Open the Dialer window;
- Type in the following code: * # 1234 #
- And tap the Call icon.
Now that you know the current firmware number your device has on it, you can check with SamMobile to make sure you really are running the latest version.