When Android 10 was rolled out for some devices, largely they were dispatched in waves. Manufacturers prioritise countries with a bigger market like [India, The U.S, Germany, China, Canada, etc.] Sometimes updates may be delayed in your country due to lack of approval from carriers in your country or region.
These carriers are supposed to give the green like to developers so they can released update to your device. It gets really frustrating having to wait for a long time before you can update your device when other users in different countries are running the new software on similar device [phone]
This guide is for those with devices running stock Android, Android One or Android Go edition in countries considered as smaller markets, especially in Africa e.g. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, etc.
If you want to wait for the official update on your region I propose you dismiss this post (continue your stay at home, wash your hands with soap under running water. Wear masks to public spaces if your country isn’t yet on lockdown. Maintain the distance required from other people and basically avoid crowded places. However, if you don’t wait for anything in life, you got that rebel going then here is how to get your Android 10 now.
VPN guide to forcing Android 10 on your device
1. Do a complete backup of your phone. (Both the standard Google backup and with the help of a third-party app, make a backup of your private files, photos, SMS and call logs. For bigger files, upload them to your cloud or simply move them to your SD card.
2. After backup, perform a total FACTORY RESET making sure that you remove both your SIM cards and SD card just as soon as the phone powers down in preparation for the reset.
3. After RESET, choose English India as your preferred language and SKIP all settings from there, including setting up a password, a fingerprint or face lock. [This is simply to save on time because none of this is necessary at this stage anyway!]
4. When you finally hit the home screen, go to your WIFI settings and connect to your home or trusted WIFI network. Go to Google play, store and log in as you would normally.
5. After step 4 is completed, download your preferred VPN app.. [I personally used to recommend Psiphon Pro VPN] connect to any servers available in India.
6. NOTE that if you miss this step and connect elsewhere where the OTA update isn’t released yet, then it might not work for you and you’ll have to try again from step 1
7. Once connected to India or any country the OTA is available, exit out of the VPN app, open your SETTINGS on your phone and check for the update. You should see your update appear! Download and install and Restart!
8. The last thing you now want to do is go to your settings and do a FACTORY RESET. [ This is recommended after any major operating system update to prevent you from carrying over settings, apps, caches or even customisations from your previous setups and hence the full backup at step 1.] Once it restarts, set up your phone as you would a new phone, choose the right language region according to your preference and set up the necessary passwords fingerprints or the face unlock as you prefer. Restore your backups and everything else and redownload all your favourite apps…. and you are good to go.
If it works for you, kindly leave your feedback in the comment section below.