How to update Android apps

Quick steps

  • Open up the Play Store
  • Press your profile icon and select ‘Manage apps and device’
  • In ‘Overview’ select ‘Update all’ or ‘See details’ to pick which apps to update

Sometimes you’ll try to open a much-used Android app and find that it needs to be updated to run. Maybe this will be an online game, or a streaming service, or just a social media platform.

In this case you’ll want to update your Android apps to make sure you’re on the newest version – in this guide, we’ll run you through how to do that, as well as how to set this up to happen automatically.

  • An Android phone
  • A reliable internet connection
  • Apps which need updating

Steps

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From your phone’s home screen, find the Play Store app – here, it’s in the second column, just below the search bar.

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From the Play Store, find your profile – our icon is the red T next to the search bar, and yours will be in the same place.

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Next, find Manage apps and device – it’s just below the Play Points counter here.

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Now, you’ll see the updates list below the harmful apps checker – you can either Update all or select See details.

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If you press See details you’ll find a list of all your pending updates.

  • It’s worth pointing out that you’ll need a reliable internet connection to update Android apps.
  • Firstly, open the Play Store on your phone – this is the app that you use to download more apps, and its icon is a blue, green, red and yellow right-facing arrow on a white background.
  • Next, to the right of the search bar, find your Google account icon and select it. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Manage apps and device.
  • The following menu has two tabs – you’ll start on Overview, which is the right one. You’ll be able to see here the Updates available tab (if you have updates available, of course), which will give you two options. Update all will simply queue up updates for all the apps that need updates, while See details will show you a list of these apps.
  • In See details, you can see which apps need updates, and select them to be queued individually, and also check out what the updates bring.

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