More than half of the Earth’s population has already got a portable device, and this number is increasing. If we keep up this way, almost everyone will have one by 2023. Smartphones occupy a large portion of this market. Why are they so popular?
The answer is simple – they can run the programs. Smartphones get more and more powerful with every year and even support machine learning now. Portable devices evolution made it possible to stop carrying around our laptops. You no longer have to possess a computer to be able to do routine tasks. Similar to their big brothers, mobile applications have to be updated in order to function properly. Let’s look at how to do that on your Android device and why we have to update our apps regularly.
How to check if apps need updating?
One can look for new programs and update the old ones in Play Store – digital market hosting all the programs. To do that, you have to:
- find the Store icon on your home screen or in the app drawer,
- give it a long tap,
- choose My Apps in the pop-up menu.
You will see all the updates available. The system might also prompt to enable automatic updates if you disabled them previously.
For older Android versions, there is a long way to this page. If the long tap is not displaying My Apps menu, simply:
1. Press Play Store.
2. Hit the very top icon on your left top side.
3. Choose My Apps.
Feel free to update all programs at once or go one-by-one. Pressing a small facing-down icon located next to every app allows you to check information about the developers’ amendments.
Automatic or manual updating of applications
Updating the programs manually every time might become a time-consuming task. However, this way, you have more power over everything that is installed on your device. If you wish to switch to an automatic mode, simply choose Settings instead of My Apps in the left-top icon’s menu. Here you will be able to:
- enable and disable auto-updates,
- choose the network type to avoid cellular data charges,
- manage Play Store notifications,
- change its look,
- manage authentication details.
Most of the time, the older versions of the applications will run fine. However, it is worth regularly updating to gain access to new features. If your app constantly crashes or stopped working, have a look at the Play Store to see if there is a new update available.
Keeping apps up-to-date – pros and cons
There are different approaches to updates. Some restrict them and use older versions, whereas others allow their devices to sort things out automatically. Let’s see the major benefits and downsides to decide for ourselves.
Updates enable us to have:
- Fresh, bug-free apps versions onboard. Creators are able to fix the issues any time they find out about them.
- All the new features developers come up with. This allows them to enhance our experience by making their product better. Users’ data remains intact.
- Most stable and safe applications. This is especially true for new smartphones; the old app might not be optimized well enough for.
However, there are cons, as well:
- Some people like the apps the way they are. New annoying and unnecessary features, along with design changes, deteriorate their experience.
- We have to spend some traffic for updates. While it is not critical for unlimited data plans, it can cost dearly when using cellular internet.
- Instead of improving functionality, some developers only enhance advertisements.
If you hate a new app version, you can download and install an older APK file on the internet instead. However, this might not be safe enough. Be careful and use only trusted locations to download the programs.
How do I find all my apps?
All installed applications can be found under Settings->Apps. Read more in the article How to find apps on android
How do I prevent certain apps from updating?
First, you should turn off automatic app update for all your applications, then select manually only those apps that you want to keep automatic updates. In this way, all apps with automatic updates disabled won’t update themselves, but only when you want them to.
How do I set my apps to update automatically?
It’s pretty easy. Open Play Store app on your android phone, click the three horizontal lines in the search bar at the top and then tap Settings, click Auto-update apps and select the network type to download the updates.
Learn more about this as well as instructions on how to enable auto-update for iPhone apps in the article How to make apps update automatically
How do I force an app to update?
You can’t update the app if you have the latest version of the app. If the app manufacturer has released an update and you download the app from Google Play, follow the steps above, or enable the automatic updates.
Where apps are stored in Android?
You can find all downloaded apps in the app drawer. If you want to know the name of the folder where the installed apps are stored, open the file manager and go to /android/data. Read more about this here.
How do I check for app updates on my Samsung?
Try to do it.
How do I know if an app needs updating?
If automatic updates are enabled, don’t worry about it, so applications will update in the background. Otherwise, you should follow these steps.
How do I not update apps automatically?
You should turn off the automatic updates on your phone. Open Play Store app, then tap three horizontal lines at the top, select Settings, click Auto-update apps and select Don’t auto-update apps.
Here we have described in detail how to check for app updates on android. You can enable automatic app updates on your phone, and you’ll always have the latest versions of installed apps. Or, if you don’t want all of your apps to be automatically updated, you can update any of them manually at any time.