How to use Samsung Smart Switch to update your Galaxy phone

Samsung’s Smart Switch is a tool used for transferring data from an old device to your new Galaxy phone, also it offers a way to update your phone quickly. Here’s how.


What is Smart Switch?

Smart Switch is Samsung’s tool for quickly and easily transitioning from an old phone, be it Android, Windows Phone, or even iPhone. It helps users bring all their important data from an old phone to their new Galaxy handset. It’s available as an Android app for direct Android-to-Android transfers, however, the PC or Mac app has more features.


For instance, you can use it as a backup tool for a Galaxy handset offering option to back up all important data from the phone to a PC. It also has an option to encrypt data, keeping it safe and secure.

Smart Switch for PC or Mac also offers a quick and easy way to update your Galaxy handset. Although it doesn’t have to bypass some sort of carrier approval to get you updated quicker, it does provide a way to skip the line when you know your carrier is pushing an update to your handset and you don’t have it yet.

How to Use Smart Switch to Update Your Phone

First, you will need a copy of Smart Switch installed on your computer. Head on and download it and get it installed.

Next, connect your Galaxy phone and let’s do this thing.

With your phone connected over USB, fire up Smart Switch. It should take a few moments to look for your phone, and then automatically connect. If you’re using a secured lock screen, you’ll need to unlock the device before Smart Switch can connect.

After the connection is established and your phone is unlocked, Smart Switch lets you know if there’s an update available. If there’s something to install, click the “Update” button.

A dialog box pops up, letting you know that it’s going to update your phone to the latest version. Click “Continue” to get started.

Another window pops up with some general warning and notes. Click “All Confirmed” to continue.


The download should start immediately. Depending on the size of the update file and your internet connection, this could take a bit.


When it’s finished downloading, the software update begins. If you’re using a Windows PC, you may have to grant UAC access here before it will install.

Note: the installation may take a lot of time.



When it’s finished, the phone automatically reboots into Download mode, don’t fret, it’s entirely normal. The progress bar on both the phone and Smart Switch window will inform you on the download progress.



When it’s totally finished, you’ll get a pop up saying that the update is complete, and that you need to disconnect and reconnect the cable.


If you want to continue using Smart Switch for any other reason, disconnect and reconnect. If you only needed to update, you’re finished here and can just disconnect your phone.

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