Having the latest Android application ensures that you have the latest features as well as bug fixes and even security patches. Here’s how to update the application.
We recommend updating all of your applications, because this means you are using the current version and hopefully problems with the older version will be fixed with the replacement. We show you how to make Android do this automatically or take a manual approach.
How to update Android applications automatically
The easiest way to get your application in the latest release is to use the Android automatic update feature that is activated. To find this, open the Google Play Store on your device and tap the three lines in the top left corner to access the menu. Select Settings then scroll down until you find the Automatic apps update option.
Tap this and you will be presented with three choices where you can update the application automatically. Through any network, only via Wi-Fi or Do not update the application automatically.
We recommend using More than Wi-Fi only, because More than any network will use your cellular data, which can be disastrous if some of the larger applications (maybe games) browse through your opt-out with substantial updates. When you make a selection, tap Done to save the settings.
How to get only certain Android applications for automatic updating
Google offers the option to only update certain applications automatically, which puts you in greater control, you should want certain applications to keep using an older version. To be clear, this is not recommended from a security perspective, but in rare cases you might not want the application to be updated automatically.
To do this, open the Google Play Store, tap the three dash icon, then select My apps & games from the menu. You will see all your applications that have pending updates. If the application you want is in this list, tap on it, but tap the Installed tab at the top of the list and then find the application in question.
When you are on the app’s information page, tap the three dots in the upper right corner, then select Activate automatic updates. Of course, if you have set your device to automatically update all your applications then this will be turned on.
How to update Android applications manually
You should prefer to keep a tighter government over your renewal, so that is easy to do. To begin, you want to follow the steps outlined at the beginning of the first section, just select Don’t update the application automatically at the end.
Now, whenever you want to check a newer version, open the Google Play Store, tap the three dash icon, then select My apps & games. From the list that appears you must see all the updates that are currently available. To bring them to the latest iteration, select Update all or skip individually and tap the Update button to the right of their names.
You also want to make sure your operating system applies the latest patches, so see how to update Android for a step-by-step guide to achieving this. If you also consider upgrading your own device, our best Android phone chart will prove to be very valuable.