Determine Which Version of Android Is Installed on Your Device

Edited by Chris Stipe, Eng, Alma

Whether you need to contact your service provider for technical support, want to find and navigate certain options on your Android device or looking to update your Android device knowing which version of Android you have will help speed that process up. But how do you determine which version of Android is installed on your device you ask? It's quite simple actually! Just follow the below steps and you'll be good to go.

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Here's how to determine which version of Android is installed on your device:

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Instructions

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    Open the "app drawer" icon by tapping on it
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    It is almost always the button in the bottom-center of your home screen.
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    Next, tap on the app named "Settings" to open Android's system-wide Settings app
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    Depending on how many apps you have installed you might have to scroll through your list of apps to find it.
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    Now that the Settings window has appeared
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    Scroll down until you see an "About phone" or "About tablet" option. This option is usually found under the sub-category System in the main Settings screen. Tap the "About tablet" or "About phone" option.
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    To find which version of Android is installed on your device
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    Look for the numbers under "Android version", you should see 2 - 3 numbers listed there that indicate your device's version. (i.e. 5.1.1)
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This, however, will just tell you the version number and not the actual code name, for example, it says "Android 5.1.1" instead of "Android Lollipop". But not to worry, because here is the list of code names and the Android version each is associated with:

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  • Android 1.5: Cupcake
  • Android 1.6: Donut
  • Android 2 - 2.1: Eclair
  • Android 2.2 - 2.2.3: Froyo
  • Android 2.3 - 2.3.7: Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0 - 3.2.6: Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 - 4.0.4: Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1 - 4.3.1: Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 - 4.4.4: Kit Kat
  • Android 5.0 - 5.1.1: Lollipop
  • Android 6.0: Marshmallow
  • Android 7.0: Nougat

There are also many other relevant fields found in the About device section of your Android phone or tablet such as the "Model number" of your device.

Also, in Android 6.0 and higher, an added option from Google displays "Android patch security level" which lets you see whether your device has the latest security patches installed or not.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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Categories : General Android Mobiles & Tablets

Recent edits by: Eng, Chris Stipe

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