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How to update the Play Store & apps on Android

You can update your Android apps and the Play Store app one at a time, all together, or automatically. Updating your apps to the latest version gives you access to the latest features and improves app security and stability.

Important:

  • If Google determines that an app update fixes a critical security vulnerability, we may make certain app updates. These updates can occur regardless of update settings in the app or on your device. For more information, read the Google Play Terms of Service.
  • If you use Google Play on a Chromebook, find out about app updates here.

How to update an Android app

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Manage apps & device. Apps with an update available are labeled "Update available."
  4. Tap Update.

How to update the Google Play Store

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Settings and then About and then Play Store version.
  4. You’ll get a message that tells you if the Play Store is up to date. Tap Got it.
    • If an update is available, it will automatically download and install in a few minutes.

How to update all Android apps automatically

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Settings and then Network Preferences and then Auto-update apps.
  4. 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.

Note: If an account on your device has a sign-in error, apps may not update automatically.

How to update individual Android apps automatically

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Manage apps & device.
  4. Tap Manage, then find the app you want to update automatically.
  5. To open the app's "Details" page, tap the app.
  6. On the app's "Details" page, tap More More.
  7. Turn on Enable auto update.

When updates are available, the app updates automatically. To turn off automatic updates, turn off Enable auto update.

Tips:

  • When some apps get updated, they require new permissions. You may get a notification that asks whether you accept the new permissions.
  • To update an app, you may need to restart your device.
  • To search for a specific app, tap Manage apps & devices and then Manage.
  • If the app has an update available, the "Update" button appears on the app's "Details" page.
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