The public rollout of the stable Android 14 and One UI 6.0 update for Galaxy smartphones is expected to start before the end of October. The Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra will be the first devices to get the update, and other eligible Galaxy devices will follow soon after.
Big operating system updates are exciting because they add new features and improve the existing user experience, and it's no different this time around. And if your Galaxy smartphone or tablet is eligible for Android 14 and One UI 6.0, there are a few things you can do to make the update process as smooth and problem-free as possible.
Make a backup
Backing up data is easily the most important thing you can do before installing a software update, especially a big one like Android 14/One UI 6. In this day and age, it's rare for smartphones to fail at installing updates, but hey, why risk it, right?
When updates fail to install, a device can require a factory reset before it can be used again, which is where data backups can come in handy. Naturally, the backup will also be useful if you decide to manually factory reset your phone before or after installing Android 14/One UI 6.
There are multiple ways to back up data on a Galaxy device, and the most important ones are listed below.
Back up everything to a PC
Your Galaxy phone's messages, call logs, contacts, alarms, images, videos, documents, audio files (including voice recordings), notes, calendar entries/schedules, settings (which includes Wi-Fi passwords), home screen setup, and apps can be backed up to a Windows PC or Mac with a single click using Samsung's Smart Switch program and a USB cable.
You can back up everything or individual items, and the same applies to restoring that data back to the phone. Follow this guide for detailed instructions on how to back up data using Smart Switch on a PC.