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Why should I do system updates on my devices?

It’s easy to hit cancel or postpone when those pesky system updates pop up on your phone, but a lot of the time they can solve problems you may be having with your device and often give you a better mobile experience. They also play an important part in keeping your devices safe and secure against online threats.

The software on your phone isn’t always perfect and sometimes there are unforeseen bugs or faults that appear, or even holes in the software’s security that malware (malicious software) can exploit to get to your personal information. System updates often contain security patches to prevent people from hacking your devices and getting to your information or software fixes that tackle and sort potential bugs or problems. The same is true with your apps so it’s important to keep them updated in the Apple App store and Google Play Store as sometimes they need updating manually.

If you’re worried about your smartphone’s security check out F-Secure SAFE, which as a Virgin Mobile customer, you can get free access for 12 months.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Updates can implement new features making things easier to use and more fun. They can also remove obsolete features that can impact your phone’s performance. Updates can also revamp your phone’s theme and appearance, giving your device a fancy new look or layout.

These software patches can also help your phone perform better. They can contain updates so your mobile will manage your data better, run more efficiently to level up your performance, or optimise your phone’s processing capabilities.

So even though they can be a bit of a nuisance, it’s worth taking the time to complete your phone’s system updates to get the most out of your mobile and keep you connected to the things that matter.

In short, here’s how you can get the most out of your device by keeping on top of your system updates

  • Interface and appearance
  • Performance, heating, storage optimisation
  • Bug fixes and problem solutions
  • Security patches and updates
  • Upgrade apps and remove old features

To check whether there is an update available for your phone, have a look at our interactive device page where there are instructions on where to look within settings.

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