How to tell which Android version you have? Goto Settings > System > About Phone.
Android tablets and phones are not all kept up-to-date with the current version of Android. So, usually, it is helpful to know which version of Android a specific phone or tablet is running so you can get help with something or determine whether a feature is present.
Among the device details, the version of Android itself isn’t the only bit of information you might want to find. Your device’s manufacturer, device name, and the carrier also affect the software on your device. Additionally, the Linux kernel version and the new “Android security patch level” are important.
Finding Your Android Version Number and Security Patch Level
All this information is available in Android’s system-wide Settings screen. Whichever version of Android you’re using and whatever customizations your device’s version of Android has, you should be able to get to it in the same way.
First, open the “app drawer” — the entire list of apps installed on your phone. Usually, It’s always a button at the bottom of your home screen, in the center.
Second, scroll through the list of installed apps and look for an app named “Settings”. Then, tap the Settings icon to enter Android’s system-wide Settings app.
Third, scroll down on the Settings screen and look for an “About phone”, “About tablet”, or “System” option. Most of the time, you will find this at the very bottom of the main Settings screen, under System, but depending on your phone it could be different. In case you do find a specific option for System, you can usually find the “About Phone” underneath that.
Haven’t found it yet? Based on your phone, here are some places where you can find the Android version:
- On Samsung Galaxy Phones: “About Phone” > “Software Information”
- On Stock Android: “System” -> “About Phone” or “About Tablet”
From the resulting screen, look for “Android version” to find the version of Android installed on your device, like this:
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The screen just displays the version number, not the code name — for example, it says “Android 6.0” instead of “Android 6.0 Marshmallow”. You’ll have to perform a web search or look up a list of Android codenames if you want to know the code name associated with the version. Here’s a current list:
- Android 13 : Tiramisu
- Android 12 : Snowcone
- Android 11: Red Velvet Cake
- Android 10: Q
- Android 9: Pie
- Android 8.0 – 8.1: Oreo
- Android 7.0: Nougat
- Android 6.0: Marshmallow
- Android 5.0 – 5.1.1: Lollipop
- Android 4.4 – 4.4.4: Kit Kat
- Android 4.1 – 4.3.1: Jelly Bean
- Android 4.0 – 4.0.4: Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 3.0 – 3.2.6: Honeycomb
- Android 2.3 – 2.3.7: Gingerbread
- Android 2.2 – 2.2.3: Froyo
- Android 2.0 – 2.1: Eclair
- Android 1.6: Donut
- Android 1.5: Cupcake
Note that other fields here are also relevant. For instance, the “Model number” field tells you the name of your device, for example.
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The “Build number” and “Kernel version” give you information about the exact build of Android on your device and its Linux kernel version and build date. Traditionally, this information has been helpful in determining whether your device has the latest security patches. In Android 6.0, Google added an “Android patch security level” field here that tells you when your device last received security patches.
It is important to note that Microsoft does not allow PC manufacturers to change the way the Windows Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel works, but Google lets Android device manufacturers run wild and change almost anything they want. So, different devices from the same manufacturer will also have different customizations, so knowing the exact device you’re using — as well as its manufacturer — is crucial when trying to get information or even custom ROMs for a specific device online.
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