How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS, the next in the line of Long Term Releases for Pop!_OS based on Ubuntu LTS releases, is finally here and available for Pop!_OS users to upgrade to. The release has seen the Pop team focus more on building their resources and moving away from Launchpad PPA’s to their repositories with better packaging systems, hybrid graphics support, etc.

Some of the release highlights:

  • GNOME 42
  • Linux Kernel 5.16 (at launch)
  • PipeWire is the default audio handler
  • Much improved Workspace viewing
  • Improved GUI Pop!_Shop
  • New & Improve “Support” section in Settings
  • Better updating and upgrading support

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to upgrade to Pop!_22.04 LTS based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal. The tutorial can be used for all current Pop!_OS versions, which include 20.04 LTS and minor versions.

Update Pop!_OS

First, before anything, make sure your system is up-to-date using the following command, do not skip this step; this is essential when doing significant distribution upgrades.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Next, ensure all unused dependencies and leftovers are removed from your system.

sudo apt autoremove 

Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

First, check the version you have installed by running the following command.


Example output:

How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Once you are happy to proceed with the upgrade, run the following command.

sudo pop-upgrade release upgrade -f

Next, you will see the status of your current version and what you are upgrading to, which is Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS. As below, you can upgrade from any version directly to the newest LTS release.

Example for 20.04 LTS users:

How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Example for 21.10 users:

How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Once the upgrade has been downloaded successfully, reboot, which you can do instantly by typing the following terminal command to begin the actual upgrade.

sudo reboot now

During the reboot, you will see the following completion bar of the upgrade in the process.


How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Depending on your system, this may take a while, but it will automatically return you to your login screen once done.

Post Installation Verify

Once you have upgraded to Pop!_OS 22.04 and logged in, use the same command you used earlier to check the Pop!_OS version.


Example output:

How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Alternatively, for a pretty printout, install the neofetch package.

sudo apt install neofetch -y

Now run the print specs command.



How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

Congratulations, you have upgraded to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS.


While upgrading to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS from starting with 20.04 LTS, once I got my test machine to 21.10 minor release, when doing the next upgrade, I was hit with “release upgrade aborted: failed to update package lists for the new release.”


How to Upgrade to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS & GNOME 42

I re-ran the upgrade button, and the process was executed without any issue.

sudo pop-upgrade release upgrade -f

For users that continue to have issues, you can check the daemon logs to see if anything is noticeable first.

sudo journalctl -u pop-upgrade

A solution could be to stop the pop-upgrade daemon and perform an upgrade if required.

sudo systemctl stop pop-upgrade && sudo pop-upgrade daemon

Once done, start the pop-upgrade daemon service again with the following command.

sudo systemctl start pop-upgrade

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have upgraded your existing Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS or minor release Pop!_OS 21.10 to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS release, which features GNOME 42.

Pop!_OS system requirements mandate a 64-bit processor, plus a minimum of 4GB RAM and 16GB storage. It is designed to use on modern desktops and involves more gaming or high-end application graphical work than a minor resource-light operating system. Overall, this release has stepped the game up again from the team, it is one of the best Ubuntu clones out currently, and the future looks bright compared to some other distributions such as Elementary OS.

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