You just purchased a new cell phone and you are excited to start using it. Especially, because the salesperson helped you transfer all of your apps and data over from your old phone. Then three months in to using your new phone, you receive an alert, “Download the latest operating system”…

But you just got your phone! It’s brand new! How can there already be a new operating system that needs to be downloaded? If you purchased a brand new model and there is a new version that is available, then it is most likely a few patches that need to be fixed from the version your phone came with. Kind of a no-brainer, you should probably do it. (NOTE: Do ask for help, if you’re anxious about losing your existing data or if you’re afraid of “bricking”* your phone.”

If you have an older cell phone and you know that a new model is soon to come out, then the upgrade will most likely be a bigger change for you.

Is it worth it? Do you really need to upgrade? It depends. Are you the type of person that likes to purchase a new phone every year or every other year? Then most likely not. You can just wait it out until you get your new phone to have the most current operating system. Now, if you are the type of person that has your phone for 5 years or more, then I would considering downloading the latest version. This way, you stay current and compatible with all of your apps. After a certain amount of time, some applications will only work on the latest operating system. Also, you must be careful on downloading some operating systems that come with big changes because when you have an older model phone the operating system can take up a lot of space and just make your phone slow. Remember, ask for help if you are unsure about doing the upgrade yourself. It can be a relatively process, however, nothing is worse than a “brick” phone.

*The word “brick”, when used in reference to consumer electronics, describes an electronic device such as a smart phone, game console, router, or tablet computer that, due to a serious misconfiguration, corrupted firmware, or a hardware problem, can no longer function, hence, is as useful as a “brick”.