3 Simple Steps to Check Your Android Device’s Security Patch Level

Security is of paramount importance, especially in the highly connected modern world, where devices are vulnerable to remote attacks and everything from your financial to personal data can be mined from your smartphone.

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In the recent past, Google has become quite transparent regarding its efforts to make Android a secure platform and has been constantly providing security patches for Android.

For all those with devices running on Android Marshmallow 6.0 or later, you can check which security patch your device is currently updated with.

Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices are the first ones to receive the latest Android updates. Likewise, these security patches are first released for Nexus and Pixel devices and if you own a device from some other manufacturer, you’re at their mercy.

Every company has to customise the security patch update according to their device’s specification after approving it — making the process lengthier.

Find Out Your Device’s Security Patch

  • Open your smartphone’s settings menu.
  • Scroll to the bottom, find ‘About phone’.
  • Find ‘Android security patch level’ and check the date of your device’s latest security patch.

The date on the security patch is not the date at which you might have received Google’s security patch, but the day the patch was first released — in most cases, you’ll receive the patch at a later date than the released date.

Google states that Pixel and Nexus devices receive ‘security patches for at least three years from when the device first became available’ or ‘at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device’ — whichever of the two is longer.

If you’re stuck with an old security update, you can check for updates but in most cases, you’ll be waiting for your device manufacturer to roll out the update.

Writing on forums helps at times, given these days addressing feedback/grievances translates into a loyal customer base.

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