How To Update Apps On Android

One of the advantages of owning an Android smartphone is the huge library of apps to choose from over at the Google Play Store which you can download. There are apps for productivity, entertainment, education, and more. Some of these apps are free while others need to be purchased. Once the app has been downloaded to your device expect to get scheduled app updates. While these updates usually install automatically sometimes they don’t which is why you will have to manually update your apps.

How To Update Apps On Android

If you want to automatically update your apps

  • Open the Google Play Store app.
  • Tap Menu and then Settings.
  • Tap Auto-update apps.
  • Select an option: Over any network to update apps using either Wi-Fi or mobile data / Over Wi-Fi only to update apps only when connected to Wi-Fi.

If you want to update individual Android apps automatically

  • Open the Google Play Store app .
  • Tap Menu and then My apps & games.
  • Select the app you want to update.
  • Tap More .
  • Tap Enable auto update.

If you want to manually update the app

  • Open the Google Play Store app .
  • Tap Menu  and then My apps & games.
  • Apps with an update available are labeled “Update.” You can also search for a specific app. 
  • Tap Update.
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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone. Contact me at Email

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