How to check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet
People have smartphones and tablets with Android, but not many of them know the exact version of Android that they are using. When you have to solve problems or find tutorials on how to do something on your Android device, you need to know what version of Android you have. In this guide, we help you find the answer. It does not matter if your smartphone or tablet is made by Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola, LG, HTC, or some other company. Let's get started:
Open Settings and search for "About phone"
Open the Settings on your Android smartphone or tablet. You can do that from many places, including your App drawer.
There are many differences between Android versions, and the Settings app is organized differently. To give you a quick perspective, look at the screenshot below. On the left side, you see the Settings on a smartphone with Android 8, while on the right, you see it on another with Android 9 installed.
The trick is to use the search box at the top of the Settings app. Tap inside the search box, and enter the keywords "about phone." Then, tap on the appropriate search result.
NOTE: If you are using a tablet, search for "about tablet."
You see information about your device. The fields of information are different, based on your specific device, who manufactured it, and the Android version that it is using.
However, all smartphones and tablets have an entry named "Android version." Look for it, and there you see the version of Android installed on your device.
Match Android version numbers to major releases
The method helps you check the Android version number, not the codename or the marketing name for your release. Almost all major Android releases also have a name. For example, Android 9.0 is named Android 9 Pie, Android 8.0 is named Android 8 Oreo, while Android 7.0 is named Android 7 Nougat. To find the marketing name for your version of Android, read this list:
- Android 10 - the first version where Google announced that it is dropping the convention of using dessert nicknames publicly. Android 10 was going to be known as "Queen Cake". However, the final product name is Android 10.
- Android 9 - Pie
- Android 8 - Oreo
- Android 7 - Nougat
- Android 6 - Marshmallow
- Android 5 - 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
When you see a version number between the values above, like Android 8.1.0, the name of the Android release is that of the first number in the version. In our example, Android 8.1.0 is also Android Oreo. Similarly, Android 5.1 is still Android Lollipop. Minor Android releases do not receive a new marketing name, only the major ones shared in our list.
What if I do not have a search box in Android settings?
Old versions of Android may not have a search box in the Settings app. In that case, you need to navigate the Settings app, until you find the About phone entry. Try navigation to paths like: "Settings -> System -> About phone" or "Settings -> About phone."
What version of Android do you have?
Now you know how to check the version of your Android installation, no matter what smartphone or tablet you are using. Before closing this tutorial, share with us in the comments below your version of Android, and why you needed this information.