Check for System Updates on HTC One M8
Edited by Grimm, Courtney, Jen M, Eng
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In order to do this, we are first going to need to unlock the phone.
This involves picking it up and double tapping the lock screen.
We will then tap and hold the 'Lock' icon while swiping upwards to unlock the device.
This icon is represented by a small, white, padlock and is located towards the bottom of the screen.
From the home screen, we are going to want to access the 'Settings' option.
Settings can be accessed in one of two ways; The first is by tapping on the 'Applications' folder. This folder is represented by nine small, white, square dots located at the bottom center of the screen.
Here we will tap the 'Settings' icon.
This icon features a gray gear with the word 'Settings' written in white underneath. Tapping this will open the 'Settings' window.
We can then tap the 'Recent Applications' folder and close the application.
The icon used for this folder is located on the bottom right-hand side of the screen, represented with an outline of a white square with another similar styled square placed behind it. Once this folder is open, tap the application image and swipe upwards to close it.
We then press the 'Home' icon to return back home.
This icon is placed at the bottom end of the screen, it is a simplistic house shape that is outlined in white.
Alternatively we can enter the 'Settings' folder by swiping down from the top edge of the phone.
This will bring down the 'Notifications' panel.
We will then tap the icon on the upper right corner of the screen to open the 'Notifications' area.
This icon features five small, white squares and one larger white, outlined square.
This will bring up a set of Windows, from here we will tap the 'Settings' panel.
This panel is on the upper right side of the screen with a small white gear with the word 'Settings' written in white underneath of it.
This will bring us to the same place we were earlier when we used the first method of accessing the 'Settings' menu.
Scroll to the bottom of the menu.
Tap the 'About' option.
This option is located at the end of the 'Settings' menu. It will have the word 'About' written in gray, accompanied by a logo featuring a lowercase 'I' surrounded by a gray circle. Tapping it will open us a new menu featuring a new list of options.
Tap the 'Software updates' option located first on the new list.
The phone will now begin checking for software updates.
If the process was done correctly, an image with the word 'Checking...' written in white on a black background, accompanied by a moving white circle will appear on the screen. This process may take a few moments.
The phone being shown currently has the option 'Update over WiFi only' checked.
This setting is important because it stops the phone from installing a large update over a cellphones data plan, if unchecked it could use up all the data for that month or cause us to run into overages.
We can now see that the phone has notified us that it is up to date, there are no updates available for the phone.
We can simply tap 'OK' to close this window.
If you would like you can also tap on the option marked as 'Auto-download system updates', or the option marked 'Auto-update apps' to fit your needs.
The option marked as 'Auto-download system updates' will automatically download updates for the system when it is checked. The third option marked as 'Auto-update apps' will automatically download and install application updates when checked.
If one of these options is checked, but you believe there is an update the phone has not notified you of, you may tap the 'Check now' button and the phone will begin checking for updates.
The 'Check now' button is located at the bottom of the screen. 'Check now' is written in a dark gray font with a matching colored checkmark above it.
As shown, checking for updates again has informed us there is, in fact, an update available for this phone which was not previously detected.
In order to benefit from this update, we will need to download it. This is done by pressing the 'Download' button located on the bottom right side of the update window, marked with the word 'Download'.
You will now note that, as mentioned previously, the phone is set to only update over WiFi; therefore we will need to go into our 'Settings' to turn our WiFi on to start downloading this update.
To access 'Settings', swipe down and tap on the 'Notifications' panel.
Tap the icon marked as 'WiFi.' This icon is featured in the middle of the top row, featuring the word 'WiFi' written in white text accompanied by a white WiFi logo.
Tapping this icon will cause it to change from white to green, confirming that WiFi is now turned on.
Swipe back up to close this menu, taking us back to our previously open window.
We can then tap on 'OK' as we now have our WiFi enabled.
We can see now that our device has begun downloading the software update.
To check the progress of the download we can swipe down, this will open the 'Notifications' panel.
The system update progress bar, located near the top of the screen, will let us know what's happening and where we are in the download.
This concludes our tutorial on how to check for updates on your HTC One M8.
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Video: Check for System Updates on HTC One M8
Recent edits by: Jen M, Courtney, Grimm