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How can I update my Nexus 6?

Google Nexus 6

Episode 1371

Mike from St. Cloud, MN

Mike has a Google Nexus 6 that isn't updating. He's tried to get Nougat on it, but it won't update. Leo says that the Nexus 6 may not be getting updates anymore, especially through Verizon. Leo says he may have to root the phone to get it updated. Google didn't offer a major update to the Nexus 6, and the security update for March was pulled because it broke Android Pay. They do plan to update to version 7 soon.

How can I root my tablet?

Dell Venue

Episode 1342

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett has an older Dell Venue tablet and wants to update it, but they don't support it anymore. Leo says that his only choice is to root it and put a custom ROM on it. Leo says the first place he'll want to go to put a custom ROM on Android is the XDA Developers Forum. He can get step-by-step instructions for his exact model. There is a Dell Venue section, but he should be sure he uses the exact model or he could brick it.

How can I update my old Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S4

Episode 1316

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul has a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone that won't update or download apps. He's been told it's too old. Leo says it may be, which is too bad because it runs just fine. Paul could root it and install a custom version of the recent Android OS on it. He should go to XDA Developers and search for the exact model of his phone. It's not an easy hack, and he should follow the directions to the letter. Or he could upgrade. He'll likely get a good deal on a Galaxy S7 or a Note 7.

How can I get an updated Android OS on my old Note 2?

Episode 1315

Henry from Santa Fe, NM

Henry has an old Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that he wants to use as a media appliance. He is way behind on Android updates and he no longer has a carrier for it to get the over the air updates. Leo says he just needs to go to XDA Developers Forums and search for his exact device. He'll then find the step by step instructions to root his Android phone and put a more recent version of Android on it (called ROMs).

Why is my battery life worse after updating my Android phone?

Episode 1262

Michael from Los Angeles, CA

Michael downloaded Kit Kit Android for his Motorola Razor and now he's getting lousy battery life. Leo says that Kit Kat is two versions old now, which is very common with older phones. Leo says that he could downgrade back to the previous version.

Michael can go to XDA-Developers.com. He should search for the exact model of Razor in the forums and they will show him how to root his phone and then put a custom recovery and ROM for it. Then he could install the old software or try a newer version under Cyanogen Mod 12.

How can I use an older Android phone on T-Mobile?

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Episode 1260

David from Los Angeles, CA

David has finally convinced his girlfriend to move over to T-Mobile. Now he's upgrading his Moto and is going with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. Leo says that it's essentially a Samsung Galaxy handset. And for $100, he'll also get a SIM card and removable battery. Dave has also found that it's been upgraded to Lollipop. Leo says that Dave's girlfriend is golden if that's the case.

How can I stop my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from restarting?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Episode 1246

Sy from California

Sy has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that restarts a lot. Sometimes it even locks him out. Leo says that it's worth doing a factory reset to get rid of any corruption in the software. But more likely, it's hardware which is due to age.

Sy could also root it. He should check out XDA-Developers.com. He needs to search for the exact model phone as his, and he can learn how to root the phone. This will allow him to create a better recovery or ROM like Cyanogen Mod, which can give it new life.