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How can I check the system version of Android?

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


Does anyone know how can I check the system version (e.g. 1.0, 2.2, etc.) programatically?

How to&Answers:

Check android.os.Build.VERSION.

  • CODENAME: The current development codename, or the string “REL” if this is a release build.
  • INCREMENTAL: The internal value used by the underlying source control to represent this build.
  • RELEASE: The user-visible version string.


Example how to use it:

if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES.GINGERBREAD) {
     // only for gingerbread and newer versions


Build.Version is the place go to for this data. Here is a code snippet for how to format it.

public String getAndroidVersion() {
    String release = Build.VERSION.RELEASE;
    int sdkVersion = Build.VERSION.SDK_INT;
    return "Android SDK: " + sdkVersion + " (" + release +")";

Looks like this “Android SDK: 19 (4.4.4)”



That will give you the actual numbers of your version; aka 2.3.3 or 2.2.
The problem with using Build.VERSION.SDK_INT is if you have a rooted phone or custom rom, you could have a none standard OS (aka my android is running 2.3.5) and that will return a null when using Build.VERSION.SDK_INT so Build.VERSION.RELEASE will work no matter what!


For checking device version which is greater than or equal to Marshmallow ,use this code.

if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES.M){


for ckecking others just change the VERSION_CODES like,
K for kitkat,
L for loolipop
N for Nougat and so on…


You can find out the Android version looking at Build.VERSION.

The documentation recommends you check Build.VERSION.SDK_INT against the values in Build.VERSION_CODES.

This is fine as long as you realise that Build.VERSION.SDK_INT was only introduced in API Level 4, which is to say Android 1.6 (Donut). So this won’t affect you, but if you did want your app to run on Android 1.5 or earlier then you would have to use the deprecated Build.VERSION.SDK instead.


I can’t comment on the answers, but there is a huge mistake in Kaushik’s answer:
SDK_INT is not the same as system version but actually refers to API Level.

    //this code will be executed on devices running ICS or later

14 is the API level of Ice Cream Sandwich, while the system version is 4.0. So if you write 4.0, your code will be executed on all devices starting from Donut, because 4 is the API level of Donut (Build.VERSION_CODES.DONUT equals 4).

if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 4.0){
    //this code will be executed on devices running on DONUT (NOT ICS) or later

This example is a reason why using ‘magic number’ is a bad habit.


For example, a feature only works for api21 up the following we fix bugs in api21 down

    if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 21) {
    //only api 21 above
   //only api 21 down


Be aware that Build.VERSION.SDK_INT isn’t reliable, it’s mentioned by @Falcon165o and recently I ran into that one too.

So to get the String data (based on Android version list) of currently installed android, I made a code like this:


//Current Android version data
public static String currentVersion(){
    double release=Double.parseDouble(Build.VERSION.RELEASE.replaceAll("(\d+[.]\d+)(.*)","$1"));
    String codeName="Unsupported";//below Jelly bean OR above Oreo
    if(release>=4.1 && release<4.4)codeName="Jelly Bean";
    else if(release<5)codeName="Kit Kat";
    else if(release<6)codeName="Lollipop";
    else if(release<7)codeName="Marshmallow";
    else if(release<8)codeName="Nougat";
    else if(release<9)codeName="Oreo";
    return codeName+" v"+release+", API Level: "+Build.VERSION.SDK_INT;


fun currentVersion(): String {
    val release = java.lang.Double.parseDouble(java.lang.String(Build.VERSION.RELEASE).replaceAll("(\d+[.]\d+)(.*)", "$1"))
    var codeName = "Unsupported"//below Jelly bean OR above Oreo
    if (release >= 4.1 && release < 4.4)  codeName = "Jelly Bean"
    else if (release < 5) codeName = "Kit Kat"
    else if (release < 6) codeName = "Lollipop"
    else if (release < 7) codeName = "Marshmallow"
    else if (release < 8) codeName = "Nougat"
    else if (release < 9) codeName = "Oreo"
    return codeName + " v" + release + ", API Level: " + Build.VERSION.SDK_INT

Example of an output it produce:

Marshmallow v6.0, API Level: 23


//do anything you  like.


use this class

import android.os.Build;

 * Created by MOMANI on 2016/04/14.
public class AndroidVersionUtil {
    public static int getApiVersion() {
        return android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT;

    public static boolean isApiVersionGraterOrEqual(int thisVersion) {
        return android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= thisVersion;


Use This method:

 public static String getAndroidVersion() {
        String versionName = "";

        try {
             versionName = String.valueOf(Build.VERSION.RELEASE);
        } catch (Exception e) {
        return versionName;