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Five Things before You Upgrade Your Android Phone to Android M 6.0

Jun. 10, 2015 10:21 am / Updated by Andrew Coffe to Android
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Google recently revealed the next generation Android OS - Android M 6.0 at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco. This new version Android OS brings some much-needed bug fixes and incremental upgrade on App Permissions, Web Experience, App Links, Mobile Payments, Fingerprint Support and Power & Charging. If you want to get your hands on Android M, read our contents below to get better prepared.

1. Which Phones Will Get the Android M Update First?

Google's Nexus devices will be first devices to receive Android updates. According to the latest information, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will receive an update to Android M, along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5. HTC also announced that the HTC One models M9 and M9 + will get the Android M update. Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 4 may get the Android M update.

In addition, Google has distributed a pre-release version of Android M: M Android Developer Preview. This version is available for the following Nexus devices:

Nexus 5 - download the Preview
Nexus 6 - download the Preview
Nexus 9 - download the Preview
Nexus Player - download the Preview

2. Backup Everything Important

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The first thing first before you update to Android 6.0 is to back up everything important on your device. You need to ensure that you have backed up all of your important photos, videos, app data, and more before installing Android M. There will always be a slight chance, which updating your Android OS can be ruined while in transition so it's better to be safe.

Refer to this page to follow Google's own tips on how you can backup your photos and videos. If you unfortunately have important files lost, Android Data Recovery offers you a chance to recover them.

3. Clean Up Your Device

Android OS update requires a ton of storage to install and that's going to pose problems for those of you that have collected a ton of apps and files over the years. Now is a great time to clean up those applications and files that you no longer need to free up your internal storage.

4. Full Charge Your Device

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You need to ensure that your device is fully charged or at least 51% charged, thus it's not going to power down on you during the installation process.

The download and installation process probably won't ruin your battery life but if your phone switched off during update process then you will have a nice brick (dead phone). Charge up your phone or tablet before downloading and installing your new software. It won't hurt.

5. Update Your Apps

update android apps

There are times when major software updates wreak havoc on apps from third-party developers. So, prior to the release of Android M, a number of third-party apps have been updated to better suit the incoming OS upgrade. You can update your App by going to the Play Store App > tap on Menu button > My Apps > then select Update All.

After you get everything we mentioned above prepared, you can start to upgrade your Android device to Android M and start to enjoy this brand new Android OS.

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