How to check if an Android device is 64-bit or 32-bit

Android devices, such as computers and laptops, are 32-bit or 64-bit devices. This architecture is determined by the hardware, specifically the CPU used on the device, and it can not be changed. If you want to see if an Android device is 64-bit or 32-bit, there are a few simple things you can try.

You should know that although there are 32-bit Android devices, there are not many. Keep this in mind and try the different methods below to find the architecture for your device.

Before you buy

Assuming you want to buy a new Android device, whether it’s a phone or a tablet, you may want to know if it’s a 32-bit or a 64-bit device.

First determine the exact model you are going to buy. Some devices have variations that are obvious in their name, for example Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note plus, and these differences are important.

Then check the complete specifications for the device. The first place to look it up is the manufacturer’s product page for it, for example, if it’s a Samsung device, visit Samsung’s product page for it. There are other sites that will list the specifications for a device in detail, and you can use them as well.

Find your device Device specifications. If the device has more than 4 GB of RAM, it is a 64-bit device.

If you can, look for the full core version that will be used on the device you want to buy. The information may have been printed on the box of the device, but it should also be available online. If the core version has _64 in the name, the device is a 64-bit device.

After purchase

Assuming you have already purchased the device and opened it, you can go through the settings of the device and install apps to see if an Android phone is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Open Settings and go to ‘System’ or ‘About Phone’. The name will differ depending on your device, but you are looking for information on your phone. Check out the Kernel version here. If it is not on this screen, search for the Android version and tap on it.

If you do not want to search through the settings of your device, or if the information is not as in the screenshot below, you need to install a free app called SVE-Z of the Google Play Store. Open the app and go to the System tab. Look for the Kernel Architecture field and it will tell you if your device is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Convert 32-bit to 64-bit

If you have a 32-bit device, you cannot convert it to a 64-bit device. The architecture is characteristic of the processor on the device and it is not possible to change it. You need to buy a 64-bit device.

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