Before the update May 04 2016, 0 Comments

Android Marshmallow is out now, and has been for quite some time. This is for those who still haven’t got the update and are worried about how the new firmware may affect their device. I am actually one of those who kept away from the new firmware, and there are a few reasons for that:

  1. Battery drain issues: Galaxy S6 users who have updated their device to Marshmallow have been complaining of terrible battery drain. The Galaxy S6 batter was very small for its size, 2550mAh, and that meant that the battery would barely make it through the day. Marshmallow was supposed to combat that with the ‘doze’ feature but the results have not been seen. Now the S6 will barely make it through half a day, and that is a very good reason to stick to Android Lollipop.
  2. Free space required: the Marshmallow update is about 1.5GB to download, which means you need to have at least 2GB free space on your device. I only have the 32GB version of the S6 and I have so many files that I can’t spare 2GB for the update. This may not be a problem for most people, but perhaps the next issue might.
  3. Follow-up: anyone who has updated their device before knows that the new software is bound to have more than a few glitches. This is due to the fact that there are usually a few fragments of the previous system still running in the background. To permanently fix this problem, it’s always advisable to factory reset the device, and that’s where the problem arises. In the past, you probably stored most of your data on the SD card, resetting the device only required a little backup. With the Galaxy S6, however, all your data has to be backed up to a computer, and I find that very difficult given the amount of data I have on the device.

It is for these reasons that I still haven’t updated my device to Marshmallow, despite all the promise the new android version offers. However, if none of these bother you, go ahead and get the update; but only after you have done the following:

Backup your data

  • First enable auto-sync if you had turned it off. Go to Settings>Accounts>select ‘More’ on the top-right corner and select ‘Enable auto-sync’. Turning off auto-sync saved data charges and battery but also restricts synchronization between your device and various servers. Enabling it will upload any changes you made including updating contacts, photos, etc.
  • Backup your WhatsApp conversations to Google Drive
  • Copy any important information you don’t want to lose to a computer
  • Make sure your device has enough battery charge
  • Find a time when you don’t expect any calls, preferably at night, because the update may take some time
  • When the update is done, consider resetting the device to factory settings. It’s not a must, but may fix any issues you may encounter with the new android version