Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Long Term Support) has been officially released, but you might not see the option to upgrade your system in the software updater yet. If this is your case, here’s how to force your system to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 right now.
Make sure you are using the latest version of Ubuntu
First, you will need to be running either the latest Ubuntu point release, which is 21.10, or the latest LTS release, which is 20.04. If you are not running one of these versions of Ubuntu, you should see the option in the System Software Updater to upgrade to a newer version.
If you are not sure which version you are currently using, you can find the version number by opening your system settings and going to the On tongue.
Prepare your system for the upgrade
Before attempting to upgrade your Ubuntu system to 22.04, you should ensure that your current installation is fully updated.
To do this, open the update software and enter the settings. From there, click on the Updates tab at the top. Make sure your system is subscribed to all updates and configured to notify you of any new releases as shown above.
Once you’re sure the settings are correct, close the update software, wait a moment or two, and then reopen it. This should trigger the system to refresh its list of available updates. At this point, the option to upgrade your system may appear. If so, just click the upgrade button and follow the instructions to complete the process.
How to Force Your System to Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
If your system still does not offer you the upgrade option after following the steps above, the following process will force the upgrade. You will only have to enter a few quick commands at the terminal command prompt and the update process will begin. So go ahead, open a terminal and let’s get started.
First, we want to make sure everything about your current installation is up to date. To do this, type the following at your terminal command prompt:
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
The system will check for and install any pending upgrades. If it asks you to restart your computer, do so before continuing.
Once the pending updates are installed, enter the following command to start the upgrade process to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS:
sudo update-manager -d
This command will launch the graphical software update program. You should now see a button giving you the option to upgrade your system to the next version.
the -D The option used above tells the program to check for developer versions. Because of this, you might get a warning that you are about to update to a development version of Ubuntu. You can safely ignore this. This is just a side effect of Ubuntu’s distribution network being out of sync for a few days due to the new release. You will be upgrading to the latest full and stable Ubuntu LTS release.
Prepare for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
That’s all we can say about it. Now all you have to do is wait patiently for your system to download the necessary packages and proceed with the installation. This can take a while on slower systems and will probably take 30-60 minutes even on more powerful hardware.
Congratulations! Once the process is complete, you will be running the very latest long-term support release of Ubuntu. For those who don’t have Ubuntu installed but want to test the power of 22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish”, you can install the latest version directly to your machine.
How to Install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Your PC or Laptop