How to Update Apps on Android?

how to update apps.

by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 21, 2021

There are tons of apps available in the Play Store – one can find an app for any purpose there. As time goes by, developers release updates adding new functions, increasing stability, or optimizing applications for new devices and Android versions. This is also vital for them to fix bugs and crashes to increase the users’ app value – their potential customers.

New builds are typically installed automatically when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, sometimes we cancel them on purpose or by mistake, which stops us from getting the benefits developers are working on. We might not even notice anything until the app itself stops working and asks to download a new version. If this is the case, follow its prompts to get a new build. If you wish to do it yourself, let’s look at how to update all apps on the Android device automatically or manually.

How to update my Google app?

First and foremost, it might be useful to make sure you are using the latest Play Market build. To do that, you need to:

1. Enter the app from the home screen or app drawer – the icon resembles a multi-colored arrow facing right.

launching google play

2. Tap three horizontal lines located in the left top corner of the display once you are in.

hidden panel

3. Choose Settings in the menu opened.

setup section

4. Scroll down until you see Play Market version.

Play Market version.

5. Tap it to check if there is any update available.


The program will offer to download a new build in case you are using an old one. Otherwise, you will see the message confirming that the software installed is up-to-date.

How to check for app updates on Android phones?

If you only wish to look if there is an update for a specific program, you can do it anytime – make sure you have a stable internet connection. To do that, simply:

1. Open Play Market.

launching google play

2. Press the icon in your left top corner.

hidden panel

3. Choose the very first menu item, which is My Apps.

my games and applications
app updates

After you hit the button, you will see the updated apps list. From here, you are free to decide whether you wish to get newer versions of the programs installed or not. Alternatively, enter the app name into the search field and have a look at the product page.

How to update all Android apps at once?

If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and wish to get all updates simultaneously, press the Update all button on the page we ended up in the previous example and wait until the process is completed. You will see the process progress next to the apps’ icons.

Keep in mind that in most cases, it is not a good idea to do that while you are using the mobile internet. This is especially true in case your provider limits the traffic. With multiple files downloaded, it can go away in no time.

If you are paying per utilized megabyte, the price for updating all apps at once might be enormously big. On the other hand, you typically have unlimited traffic at your home Wi-Fi network. Thus, it might be a good idea to:

1. Press familiar horizontal lines visible to your left.

hidden panel

2. Choose Settings.

setup section

3. Pick Apps download and choose Wi-Fi only or Always ask.

The last option mentioned is self-explanatory – the Market will always ask if you wish to download updates. This way, you will make sure there are no unforeseen data charges in your cell phone account.

How do I manually update apps on Android?

Sometimes you do not wish to have a bunch of downloads. If you only want to update one or two programs at the time, do the following:

1. Find the app you need in the My Apps updates menu.

which gives updates to the application

2. Hit Update.

3. Wait until the process is completed.

app updates

You can do this for each application or several programs at once.

How do I set my apps to update automatically?

Most of the time, people do not wish to rummage through the settings to get the most recent apps updates. Thankfully, there is a way to set up an auto-update service to receive all of them once they are released, whenever this is convenient for you. If this is the case, you should:

1. Open Play Market.

launching google play

2. Find Settings after opening three lines menu to your left.

hidden panel

3. Hit Auto-update and choose the appropriate option – through Wi-Fi or Any network.

setup section

4. Specify the type of network in the Apps Download menu located right above.

application update options

If you do not wish to use this feature, choose Never for Auto-update. This way, you will have to visit Play Market and manually update the programs when you have free time.

How to update individual android apps automatically?

If you want only particular programs to update automatically, pick them from the list one by one. On the product pages, press the three dots icon located in the right top corner and put ticks next to Auto-update. This enables you to create custom update lists – modify them by removing or adding these ticks. 


How do I force an Android app to update?

If your app doesn’t update automatically, there could be two main reasons: the app doesn’t have updates (you’re using the latest version), or automatic apps update is disabled.
To check it, open the Play Store, find the app you want to update, and compare the version of the app with the version of the app installed on your phone. If they are the same, the update is not possible. Otherwise, you should update your app manually (read above) or enable automatic apps update.

Why are my Android apps not updating?

There may be several reasons for this. You can try to do next:
1. First of all, check the app update settings. Maybe automatic application updates are disabled? Then turn it on or update apps manually. Maybe enabled option “Over Wi-Fi only” and you never connect to the internet over Wi-Fi? Then connect to the internet over Wi-Fi, or chose the option “Over any network”. If the app update settings allow you to receive updates but you don’t, then something else is the cause.
2. Check your Internet connection. If your phone is not connected to the Internet, none of the installed applications can be updated. 
3. Check the version of the application, you may be using the latest version of the application.
4. The Android OS on your phone has been recently updated. In this case, you have to wait for some time until the developer of the application makes his application compatible with the new version of the Android OS.
5. Log out of your Google account and log in again. 
6. Clean the cache on your android phone.
7. Try to reboot your device.

Why I can’t update my apps?

In addition to the reasons mentioned in the previous point try to clear cache and data of the Google Play Store app on your phone or tablet. To do this:
1. go to the Application manager on your device
2. open the Play Store app
3. tap the CLEAR DATA and CLEAR CACHE buttons

Can you update your Android version?

It depends on your phone manufacturer and phone model. If the phone manufacturer supports their released models, you’ll probably receive updates for the Android OS. To check your current Android OS version and updates, follow these steps:
1. Open the phone Settings, then tap System->Advanced->System update
2. You will see the current Android OS version and whether it can be updated

Why are my apps taking so long to download?

Try to download your apps over Wi-Fi.


Getting updates is very important. Developers might add new useful functions to the apps and games, change the way they look or work on various security improvements. If you are paying for a program, it’s good always to have the most recent version to make the most of it. You can set up an auto-update, refresh every application manually, or choose to have them done all at once. Just make sure you are connected to the selected network before you start, especially when travelling abroad.

Here we’ve described in detail how to update apps on Android. You can choose manually update or auto-update on your device.

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