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How to Update Android Apps Automatically

Applications on your phones are supported by their developers and will have a regular update. Updates can always be helpful because they will either fix a bug in the application or apply improvements in the app’s design. Updates can also be exciting as some add a new feature on the app. There will be times when the app may stop working suddenly, and all it takes for you to fix it is to run the available update. You can set your Android device to automatically updates apps once available, and it is surprisingly easy to turn on your phone’s auto-update. Below are the steps to update Android apps automatically.

There are three ways for you to do update Android apps automatically. Check out all methods below to see what works for you.

Method 1: Use the Play Store Settings to Update Android Apps Automatically

You can turn on the auto-update apps feature on Play Store to update the apps on your Android device by following the steps below:

1.Go to your phone’s Play Store.Android Playstore
2.Once in, look at the upper left corner, and you will find an icon with three slim horizontal lines. This is the menu – tap on it.Android Playstore Menu
3.You can see several options in the menu. Swipe upwards to go all the way down and look for the Settings.Android Playstore Menu Upward Swipe
4.When you are in the settings, look for the option that says “Auto-update apps“. Tap on the option and a small window will pop-up.Android Playstore Menu Upward Swipe Settings Auto update Apps
5.You will now see the options: “Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply.” and “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” – choosing either one will turn on the auto-update.Android Playstore Menu Upward Swipe Settings Auto update Apps Options

Method 2: Use the Play Store My Apps & Games to Update Android Apps Automatically

Alternatively, you can update Android apps automatically on by going to your app list.
NOTE: If you have closed this option before then it will not be available anymore.

1.Go to the Play Store and tap the menu icon from the upper left corner.Android Playstore Menu
2.Tap on the “My Apps & Games” option.Android Playstore Menu My apps and Games
3.Make sure you are on the Updates tab.Android Playstore Apps and Games Updates
4.You will see the list of apps you have installed. Above the list is the option that says, “Keep your apps up-to-dateAndroid Playstore Apps and Games Keep Your Apps to Date
5.Tap on “TURN ON” to turn on the auto-update feature.Android Playstore Apps and Games Keep Your Apps to Date Turn ON

Method 3: Update SPECIFIC Android Apps Automatically

There can also be another option when you want to take advantage of the auto-update feature but want to limit the apps that auto-update. The process may be tedious, but it’s worth it. You will have more control on the apps that will do the update, especially when you want to make sure that only the important apps will do the auto-update.

1.Make sure you did all the steps from the first method above, and have chosen either “Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply.” or “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.Android Playstore Menu Upward Swipe Settings Auto update Apps
2.Once the auto-update feature has been turned on, go to your Play Store app from the home screen.Android Playstore
3.You can either search the app available from the Play Store or for easy access to all apps installed go to the MENU and tap on “My Apps & GamesAndroid Playstore Menu My apps and Games
4.Tap on the “INSTALLED” tab on the screen.Android Playstore Apps and Games Installed
5.A list of installed apps is displayed. Tap on one the apps that you don’t want to do the auto-update.Android Playstore Apps and Games Installed List Choose App
6.Once you are on the application, search for the three dots on the upper right corner and tap it.Android Playstore Apps and Games Installed List Choose App Other Options
7.A small window with a tick box will appear that says “Auto-update“. Since the auto-update feature is turned on, then a blue check mark will appear on the tick box.Android Playstore Apps and Games Installed List Choose App Other Options Tick Box
8.Tap on the tick box to uncheck it. The auto-update feature will be turned off only for that application.Android Playstore Apps and Games Installed List Choose App Other Options Tick Box OFF
9.Repeat steps 5 to 8 until if you want to stop more applications from updating automatically. You are done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When updating using my data connection, will I incur extra data charges when the application size is more than the data available in my data plan?
A: Yes, you will possibly incur data charges when your internet usage is more than the allowance for your data plan. Choose “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” to solely rely on Wi-Fi for app updates.

Q: I am on auto-update but I encountered an error and the app does not update.
A: When an error occurs during auto-update, it is highly likely that your phone’s memory is insufficient. You need you to delete some applications that you rarely use on your phone. You can check out this article on how to reduce memory usage on Android.

Q: Can I still turn off the auto-updates?
A: You have full liberty in managing the auto-update feature on the same set up where you went to turn it on. Just go back to the settings and choose “Auto-update apps” then tap on the first option that says, “Do not auto-update apps”.

Q: I do not want to do auto-update, but I need to update all of them at once when I have time.
A: Fortunately, this feature can also be possible by going to your Play Store Menu and tap My Apps and Games. You will see the list of apps installed on your smartphone. Tap on the option on top that says “Update All”. Upon tapping, your applications will start to update according to the queue.

Q: Will I have notifications that my apps are completely updated?
A: Yes, once all applications are up to date there will be an alert on your notification panel that there were several apps updated automatically. The same alert notification also appears when you update your apps manually

We just outlined three ways on how to update Android apps automatically. If you have questions with any of the steps above, let us know in the comments section.

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Leomar Umpad
Leomar Umpad
A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.


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