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The best reason to install these updates, and the main reason why manufacturers offer them, is to improve your phone’s security? Hackers and cybercriminals are always out to find the weak spots in smartphone software. And that’s exactly what the Samsungs and Apples of this world are doing as well. Not that they’re out to get you, but they are looking for all the small programming bugs, backdoors and glitches that might offer hackers a way in to steal your data. So every update shuts down those backdoors. Until new ones are found, of course.
Updates don’t just keep your smartphone safe, but they also improve regular functions. Stands to reason, since technology is continually improving as well. Things like better and faster wifi connections, better Bluetooth and faster or more accurate fingerprint scanners come to mind. And sometimes the updates come with completely new functionalities as well. That’s usually the case with bigger updates (like iOS 8 to iOS 9 or Android 5 to Android 6), but sometimes intermediate updates also come with new stuff. So, if you want to stay current, best to install every update!
As usual, the good news comes with some warnings. Sometimes an update can slow down a phone, especially when it’s getting a bit old. That was the case on iPhone 4S and 5 when Apple upgraded from iOS8 to 9. But newer versions tend to solve that problem quite quickly.
Despite all the testing and care manufacturers take with their updates, there are cases where and update makes smartphone go completely bonkers. Luckily, this doesn’t happen all too often, so the advantages of updating largely outweigh the risks. And, in case something does go wrong, manufacturers usually manage to get a fix out on very short notice, so you’ll back back up and running in no time.