How to force an OTA update on your Android Smartphone

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Over the air updates (OTA) are updates that you download to your mobile phone via your cellular network or Wi-Fi that enables new functionality or to patch security loopholes. Sometimes when a software update is released by the manufacturer of your Android smartphone, you wait and wait for your phone to notify you of that update, but get none. You can force that to happen. Here are a few steps required to force an update that is already available to show up on your device.

  1. 1. Go to Settings -> Application Manager
  2. 2. Look for Google Services Framework and then click on it.
  3. 3. Click on Force Stop, then click on Clear Data. Don’t worry it can’t affect you in any way, it will only refresh the state of the device so it can search for the update.
  4. 4. After that you can go and check for the update again.

Hopefully you should get the update notification if there is truly an update available.


  1. Thanks for this tip. But, it does not work for my GT-N8000.
    However, I tried to get a firmware from the web for the Galaxy-Note unsuccessfully. Every site I tried took me to where my time got wasted for nothing. Please, help me with a better clue.

    Thank you.

  2. Okay so I assume you are still on Ice Cream sandwich. First if you tried the above step and it doesn’t work then you may need to do it manually. So far so good downloading the original firmware files (which is more than 900mb) seem to be only to uploaded to Hotfile which is not Nigeria friendly cause it doesn’t support resuming in case the download fails. I’ll tell you what though, if you are willing to take the plunge just find a JB firmware link on Hotfile and I’ll tell a friend to download it and upload it to his server in Germany and I’ll provide you with the download link. Do reply, cheers!.

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