What version of Android OS am I running?
Most of you know what you’re doing here, but if you are new enough to Android OS, this is it folks, this is how you find out what version of Android in your smartphone. As you can imagine, there is no actual report on that, just a quick tutorial to help you know your device a little better. If you are just reading this for the fun of it, you may be wondering why one would want to know what version of Android they are running. I suspect that many of you did not just stumble onto this article by accident, that you came searching for it, so it would be fun to hear why you need to know your version. Hit the comments at the end, if you’d be so kind.
Likely you are looking at app or accessory compatibility, or trying to determine if your device has a feature specific to a version of Android, this is pretty common, as Android 4.2 and newer patches a few major security flaws, and the upcoming Android N includes much improved multi-tasking capabilities. Regardless, you are here and want to know what version of Android you have, so let’s do it.
Just kidding, let’s first look at what versions of Android are out there. I won’t list everything, but I’ll at least list the dessert named versions of the OS, Android 1.0 and 1.1 were sort of all before you could buy a phone with the OS installed anyway. In addition to the version name and number, I’ll add the initial release date of the versions of the operating system.
Named Android OS releases
- Android 1.5 Cupcake – April 27, 2009
- Android 1.6 Donut – September 15, 2009
- Android 2.0 Eclair – October 26, 2009
- Android 2.2 Froyo – May 20, 2010
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread – December 6, 2010
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb – February 22, 2011 (Tablet OS)
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – October 18, 2011
- Android 4.1 Jellybean – July 9, 2012
- Android 4.4 KitKat – October 31, 2013
- Android 5.0 Lollipop – November 12, 2014
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow – October 5, 2015
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- Android 8.0 Oreo – 21 August 2017
It is important to note that there were many point releases in between the major releases above. For example, Android 5.0, Android 5.1 and Android 5.1.1 are all considered Lollipop, even if they offer slightly different features and different developer API levels.
Please do keep in mind that the OS release date does not immediately indicate that it was made available on your phone. It can take months before phone manufacturers ship new devices with the latest OS, and updates to existing phones have proven erratic throughout the years. There is no guarantee that your device has or will ever see an update beyond what it shipped with either.
On that note, let’s finally look at the steps to identify your version of Android.
How to find your Android OS version
Start by opening the main system Settings. Settings is usually found as an app in your app drawer, or you can hit the gear icon in the quick settings notification shade.
Scroll to the bottom and select About phone or About tablet.
Look for Android version. Mine is 7.1.1.
There you have it, for whatever reason you were needing to know your Android version, you are good to go. If you were hoping to see a different version, be sure to hit the System updates entry at the top.