Without looking at your phone, can you remember what version of Android you’re on right now? Your Android version is important for updates, compatibility, and pretty much anything you want to do with your phone, so there isn’t a time where you don’t need to know. Whether you’ve updated recently, or haven’t in awhile it’s thankfully easy to check.
This information is always available to you, no matter your version of Android, but the steps will differ slightly. It’s one of the few things about your phone that doesn’t need developer access to tinker with, but if you don’t have that already, I’ll show you how to enable that at the same time.
How to Check Your Version Number
We’re going to check our Android version number first, but right after the way to enable developer access is just below it.
Access Your Settings
There are more than a few ways to get to your settings. It’s easy to find the settings app in your app drawer, find it in your recent apps, or even swipe down from the top of your screen and tap the little gear icon in the corner.
I usually end up doing all three every few days when I forget about one of the other methods, so there’s no shame in taking the long way to get into them.
Scroll all the way Down
Whether it’s scrolling or swiping, what we’re looking for is usually all the way at the bottom of your settings. You’re looking for the “About phone” tab or button. Once you’ve found it, give it a tap.
Look for Your Version Number
I’m lucky enough to have mine staring me in the face here without scrolling, but don’t be afraid to scroll through the menu until you see it.
On the phone I’m using right now, I’m running Android Lollipop 5.1, and if I give my phone enough taps, I launch a new screen with the Lollipop logo.
If you’re on Lollipop too you can press and hold the lollipop on screen to start a short mini game that you’ve probably seen dozens of times at this point after flappybird. It’s at least still fun for a few minutes, so give it a shot if you want!
When you’re done, go back to the about phone menu, we still have something to do there if you don’t have developer access.
Thankfully, checking what version of Android you’re running doesn’t take very long, and you can even update your Android version from the same menu. The number updates exactly when your Android does, so go back to this menu anytime you’re wondering what version you’re running now.
If you have any questions about Android versions, or info that you can’t find on your Android, please leave them down below.