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Update your Android apps

You can update the apps downloaded and installed on your Android device either individually or automatically. Updating your apps 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.

Update 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.

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 and device.
  4. Select Manage and then the app that you want to update.
  5. Tap More More.
  6. Turn on Enable auto-update.

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

Update Android apps manually

To update apps individually or in bulk using the Google Play Store app on your mobile device:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Manage apps and device. Apps with an update available are labelled 'Update available'. You can also search for a specific app. 
  4. Tap 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, sometimes you must restart your device.
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