What version of Android do I have? 3 ways of checking!
Many people have smartphones and tablets with Android, but not many of them know the exact version of Android that they are using. If you want to check what version of Android you have installed on your device, we have the perfect guide for you. It shares three methods that work on any smartphone or tablet. It does not matter if it is made by Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, LG, HTC, or some other company. Let's get started:
IMPORTANT: The steps involved differ depending on the version of Android you have. Since you do not know which version you have, take each section one by one, until you find the method that applies to your smartphone or tablet. Then, make sure to read the end of this tutorial, where we match Android version numbers with the name of each significant Android release.
1. Go to Settings -> About phone or About tablet (depending on what you have)
For phones and tablets which use heavily modified versions of the Android user interface, this section might present the perfect solution. Go to your Android's Settings and scroll down to the bottom of the list. The very last section of settings should be named About phone or About tablet, depending on the type of device that you have. Below, you can see this option on two different smartphones: Xiaomi Redmi 4A (on the left) and Huawei P10 lite (on the right).
The Xiaomi smartphone uses the company's proprietary MIUI user interface, while the Huawei smartphone uses the company's EMUI user interface. As you can see for yourself, they look different from standard Android.
On the screen that opens, look for a line that says: "Android version." There you can see the version number for the Android installation that you have. In our examples, the Xiaomi smartphone uses Android version 6.0.1, while the Huawei one uses Android version 7.0.
If this method worked for you, scroll down to the section where we match version numbers with release names for Android.
2. Go to Settings -> System -> About phone or About tablet (depending on what you have)
First, open Settings and scroll down the list of sections. If you find a section named System, look for an entry tiled "About phone" or "About tablet" depending on what type of device you have. It should be the last one. You can see the version in smaller text, directly under the About text. However, you can also tap on it.
Then, the Phone status or Tablet status screen is shown. Here, look for the Android version field, where you see a number like 7.1.1. - the version that is installed on a Motorola Nexus 6 that we have.
This method works on smartphones with a less customized version of Android, and it always works on the Nexus line-up of smartphones.
3. Go to Settings -> System -> About phone or About tablet (depending on what you have)
This method is almost the same as the previous one, with one difference: things look a lot different than in the previous method. Therefore, to help you out, we have added this section with screenshots to guide you.
First, open the Settings app on your Android device. Scroll down the list of settings. The last two sections are System and Support. Tap System.
The System window is loaded. Here, tap About phone or About tablet, depending on the type of device that you have.
You are shown several fields of information. Look for the Android version. There you should see a number like 188.8.131.52, as we have on our Nexus 6P smartphone.
Match Android version numbers to major releases
The methods above give you the version number, not the codename or the marketing name for your release. Major Android releases also have a name. For example, Android 8.0 is named Android 8.0 Oreo, while Android 7.0 is named Android 7.0 Nougat. To find the marketing name for your version of Android, read this list:
- Android 8.0 - Oreo
- Android 7.0 - Nougat
- Android 6.0 - Marshmallow
- Android 5.0 - Lollipop
- Android 4.4 - Kit Kat
- Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean
- Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 3.0 - Honeycomb
- Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
- Android 2.2 - Froyo
- Android 2.0 - Eclair
- Android 1.6 - Donut
- Android 1.5 - Cupcake
Which version of Android do you have?
Now you know how to find which version of Android you have on your smartphone or tablet. Before closing this tutorial, share with us in the comments below, your version of Android. We are curious to know!