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How to update apps on Android OS (fastly and in the right way)

Updated on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 13:45


  1. Is it necessary to update apps?
  2. Updating apps via Play Store
    1. Custom update of installed apps
    2. How to update an app on Android
    3. Auto-update
    4. Saving mobile traffic
  3. How to check Android version
  4. How to update Android OS

Apps are a part of functionality which is an actual reason why a smartphone is purchased. They can be divided into:

  • built-in (which come as a part of Android),
  • installed by the owner of a gadget (from Google Play or other sources).

From time to time apps require installing the updates which can be downloaded automatically or by a user. In this manual we're going to show you the easiest way how to update your apps and set up auto update on Android.

How to update an app via Google Play

Any update can be downloaded from Google Play. In order to do it, you only need a Google account linked to the Android device you currently use, free space in the memory of this gadget and an internet connection (preferably Wi-Fi, when mobile traffic is expensive).

Custom update of installed Android apps

In order to update an app on Android you have to follow these steps:

1. Go to Play Store.

2. In the search bar tap the Menu icon looking like three bars.

3. In the dropped down menu select "My apps & games".

4. Two tabs should appear: "Updates" and "Installed". You need to choose the "Updates" tab.

5. All installed apps and a list of available updates will be displayed in the opened screen.

6. Mark the apps you need to update.

7. Tap the "Update" button.

8. The download and installation will be performed automatically on Android.

9. Once they are complete, the button "Open" will appear. By tapping it you can check the performance of an updated program.

Updating every app on Android at once

You can update the apps installed on your Android altogether. In order to do it you have to:

  1. go back to the "Updates" tab
  2. tap "Update all".

With that every available update for your installed programs will be downloaded and installed. Note that this process can take quite a long time.

Configuring automatic updates

If you don't want to update apps manually all the time, you can set automatic download of updates in the settings of Google Play. This feature is also useful since if there a lack of memory for installing all updates, your device will determine which program should be updated first. However, keep in mind that the automatic download of updates may be the reason for the memory of your device to fill up too quickly.

In order to set up automatic updates of all apps on Android, you have to:

  1. Log in to your personal account in Google Play Store.
  2. Tap the icon looking like three bars then go to Settings.
  3. Find "Auto-update apps" option.
  4. Specify one of the proposed options:
  • Over any network. Any available network or your mobile traffic will be used for downloading the new versions of your software.
  • Over Wi-Fi only. Updates will be downloaded only if a Wi-Fi network is available.

In order to set auto updates for a specific app, you have to:

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Tap the icon looking like three bars and then open the tab "My apps & games".
  3. Select the app you need.
  4. Tap "More" (three vertical dots one the right corner).
  5. Check the box next to "Enable auto update".

The new versions of updates will be downloaded automatically right after they occur. In order to cancel it simply uncheck the box.

How to save mobile traffic during auto updating

When updating apps automatically, it's really essential to control your internet traffic since its limit can quickly and unexpectedly be reached. If you want to avoid wasting mobile traffic on updates, it's pretty convenient to use for it a Wi-Fi connection. In order to configure the desired settings, you have to:

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Open from the menu "Settings".
  3. Select the "Auto-update apps" option.
  4. Then choose "Over Wi-Fi only".

How to find out your current version of Android OS

In order to find out the current version of your Android operating system you have to:

  1. Open "Settings". This tab can be found in the menu of your device or on its home screen.
  2. In the opened list find "About phone".
  3. The OS version will be displayed in the corresponding line.
  4. On some Android devices you will have to go to the additional subsection called "Software information".

The updates of Android OS

In order to update your firmware connect to a Wi-Fi network and follow these few simple steps:

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Find "About phone" > "System update", or "Software update" (depending on your device) in the list.
  3. If you see "Download", then it means that a new version of the OS is available for installation.
  4. You should tap the "Download" (or "Download and install") button.
  5. Wait for the download process to complete.
  6. Choose "Restart and install".
  7. After rebooting your device, the update of Android OS will continue and it should finish within a few minutes.
Tip. It's pretty handy to backup and update Android via Smart Switch software which is available for Samsung devices.

What for to update apps on Android

A lot of users don't pay enough attention to updating apps and forget about this procedure. The reason behind it is quite often the lack of space in the memory of a device or the difference in the interface of an app before and after an update.

The truth is that it's very desirable to update apps. And there are several reasons for it:

  • Security. New versions of apps eliminate critical vulnerabilities that can open access to viruses and spyware.
  • Any software has its flaws. Particularly new apps from inexperienced developers who want to publish them as quickly as possible. Such products often have a lot of software errors. With updates their problems can be fixed.
  • Many apps eventually will stop working without any updates on Android new versions.
  • Updates improve the performance and functionality of a Android apps, so it works without any hang ups.