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10 ways to get ready for Android Lollipop

Follow these top tips to ensure the brand-new Android 5.0 operating system doesn't break your phone

After a long wait, Android Lollipop will be available from Monday 3 November. We’re all excited to get our hands on Android 5.0, but it’s of paramount importance that you make sure your smartphone is ready for it before you feverishly download the OTA. With each update comes new and exciting features, but if you’ve got a cluttered, or simply underpowered device,make sure you follow the 10 top tips below to make your device is fully prepared to install Android Lollipop in all its glory.

1. Scan for malware

Although you should be scanning your phone regularly for malware, it’s especially important to do it to prepare your phone for an update. Existing malware can stop the installation of a new update or make some apps unusable. If your scan does show your device is infected, make sure to remove every file that contains it.

2. Remove residual files

If you’ve previously deleted messages and uninstalled apps, chances are that they’ve left behind some residual files. Although they won’t take up too much space individually, they can account for large amounts of storage grouped together and cause several slowdown issues that will impact on your device’s performance. Using the Cache Cleaner+ app you can do a thorough scan for residual files on your device and permanently delete them.

3. Check for updates

Depending on which network you’re with, some are slower than others when sending out over-the-air updates. You can help speed up the process by going to the Software Update tab in the About section of your settings and manually scanning for the new Android Lollipop update.

4. Store account details

One essential application you’ll need before the update hits is the 1Password app from Google Play. This is a great tool where you can store all the passwords and account details you have on your device without fear that they’ll be deleted as the phone gets updated.

5. Charge your battery

It may seem simple, but it’s vitally important that your battery is at least 50 per cent charged when the update hits. The process will drain your battery and most devices will stop you updating it unless your phone is suitably charged.

6. Using the Cloud

The cloud can play a vital part in preparing your Android smartphone for an update. First and foremost, it’s the ideal place to store those precious large media files that you want to keep, but will take a while to create a backup of. Google Drive also has a fantastic automatic backup feature for all your photos stored within the Gallery or Photos app on your device.

7. Transfer to an SD card

If you use a micro SD card alongside your device’s internal storage, you can move a whole host of files across to it to save them getting deleted when the update hits. There are a number of apps on the Google Play store that can help you move any installed apps across to your SD card temporarily. You can transfer the content back when the update is complete.

8. Move loose files

Move any loose files into folders using the File Manager app. When the new OS arrives, it could delete any loose files saved on your device’s internal storage.

9. Avoid duplicating contacts

When the update hits, you could find that your phone automatically syncs with Facebook and Twitter again and downloads contact details onto your device. You’ll need to go into the contacts list within the Phone app and manually delete any duplicated contacts. Disable the sync feature in your social media accounts to stop it happening again.

10. Take a sneak peek

Not one of the lucky few that can Android Lollipop right away? Don’t worry, you can download several of the Android Lollipop features early. The Lollipop Lockscreen app brings the new lockscreen notifications onto any device, and they worked great in our tests. Users can also find the new keyboard, theme and dialer app all on the Google Play store to download and try before the update officially arrives.

This article originally appeared as part of Android Magazine issue 43, along with a guide to which devices will be getting Android Lollipop, how to install an Android L Rom, and how to perform the ultimate back up. For more Android tips and tricks, order a copy now or download it to your device.