How to Force Update Android Marshmallow

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

How to Force Update Android Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow is an exciting operating system with numerous features and improvements. However, sometimes your device may not receive the update automatically. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to force update your Android device to Marshmallow using simple steps.

Step 1: Check for Available Updates

Before forcing an update, it’s crucial to check if an update is available for your device. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings: Open the settings app on your Android device.
  2. About Phone: Scroll down and tap on “About Phone” or “About Device”.
  3. Software Update: Look for the “Software Update” or “System Updates” option and tap on it.
  4. Check for Updates: Tap on “Check for Updates” or a similar option to see if any updates are available.

If there’s an available update, follow the prompts to download and install it. If not, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Enable Developer Options

To force an update, you need to enable Developer Options on your Android device. Here’s how:

  1. About Phone: Open the settings app and go to “About Phone”.
  2. Build Number: Scroll down and find “Build Number”. Tap on it seven times consecutively.
  3. You are now a developer!

Step 3: Enable USB Debugging

USB Debugging allows your device to communicate with your computer. Follow these steps to enable it:

  1. Developer Options: Go back to the main settings menu and find “Developer Options”.
  2. USB Debugging: Tap on “USB Debugging” to enable it.

Step 4: Connect Your Device to a Computer

Now, connect your Android device to a computer using a USB cable. Make sure the USB Debugging option is still enabled.

Step 5: Install ADB Tools

To force update your Android device, we will use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool. Follow these steps to install it:

  1. Download ADB: Visit the official Android Developers website and download the ADB tools for your operating system.
  2. Extract Files: Extract the downloaded files to a convenient location on your computer.
  3. Add ADB to System Path: Add the location of the extracted files to your system’s PATH environment variable.

Step 6: Open Command Prompt or Terminal

To use ADB commands, you need to open a Command Prompt or Terminal window. Here’s how:

  1. Windows: Press Windows + R, type “cmd”, and press Enter.
  2. macOS/Linux: Press Command + Space, type “Terminal”, and press Enter.

Step 7: Enable ADB Connection on Device

We need to enable the ADB connection on your Android device. Follow these steps:

  1. Command Prompt/Terminal: In the Command Prompt or Terminal window, type “adb devices” and press Enter.
  2. Allow USB Debugging: On your Android device, you will see a prompt asking to allow USB debugging. Tap “Allow”.
  3. You are now connected!

Step 8: Force Update Android Marshmallow

Finally, it’s time to force update your Android device to Marshmallow. Follow these steps:

  1. Command Prompt/Terminal: In the Command Prompt or Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter:
    adb shell
  2. Device Reboot: After executing the previous command, type the following command and press Enter:
  3. Firmware Update: Now, enter the following command and press Enter:
    /system/bin/reboot recovery-update

Your device will now reboot into recovery mode and start updating to Android Marshmallow. Please note that this process may take some time.


This method may not work for all devices or in certain cases where an official update is not available. It’s recommended to check your manufacturer’s website or community forums for specific instructions regarding your device.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to force update Android Marshmallow on your device. Enjoy the new features and enhancements brought by this exciting operating system!

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.

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