How to update apps on Android

If you want to make sure all your apps are up to date on your Android smartphone, then this article will explain how.

Keeping apps updated will give you access to newer features or help fix existing bugs. They often update automatically without you having to do it manually, but this article explains how you can start the process yourself and update your apps.

This process won’t take long, but depending on the size of the update, you may have to wait a few minutes before the app can be restarted.

what you will need

We used a Google Pixel 7, but you can use any Android phone

Short version

  • Open the Play Store
  • Tap the profile icon in the top right
  • Tap on “Manage apps and devices”
  • Click on the “Manage” tab.
  • Select the app you want to update and install the update if available

Why would I want to update the app?

You may want to update your apps to access newer features or install software that might fix pre-existing app issues.

Can I set my Android smartphone to automatically update apps?

Yes, you can. Just go to Settings > Network preferences > Auto-update apps and choose to auto-update over Wi-Fi only or over Wi-Fi or mobile data.

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