Update Play Store: How to update apps and Google Play Store on Android

Google Play Store is the gateway to all apps on Android mobile phone. It’s the safest possible way to install apps on your mobile phone. The Play Store is also responsible for providing the latest app updates to users whose developers push out from time to time. These app updates contain new features and stability improvements as well as a bug fix for an optimum app experience. Additionally, the Play Store has evolved to the point that it now acts as a security hub for all installed apps by running security scans, removing unwanted permissions from apps and even warning the user about potentially harmful apps.

That said, in order for its smooth functioning of security features Google regularly rolls out updates to the marketplace without any user interference. But, in case you want to double sure whether you’re running the latest version of the Play Store or any app for that matter, here’s an article that can help you with that. Below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to manually update the Play Store as well as the installed applications on your phone. So without further ado, let’s begin.

How to update the Google Play Store to the latest version

Google often pushes out a new update to the Play Store through the server for new features and improvements to the app. Although this happens automatically when your device is connected to a stable internet connection, however, at times the update may not land properly on your device and in such cases, you can manually update the Play Store app. Here’s how:

How-to-update-Play-Store-manually-on-Android
  • Open Play Store on your Android device
  • Next, tap on your profile picture at the top right corner
  • Select ‘Settings’ among the available options
  • Now tap on the last option named ‘About’ and here you’ll see ‘Update Play Store’ option below the Play Store version
  • Tap on ‘Update Play Store’ and the app will automatically be updated to the latest version in the background, if any

How to manually update Google Play Store apps to the latest version

In case your Google Play Store are not set to automatic update, you can manually update them. This ensures the apps on your phone function smoothly and also get rid of any bugs and glitches, which may hamper the overall performance of the phone. Here’s how to manually update Google Play Store apps to the latest version:

How to update apps manually through Play Store
  • Open Play Store on your Android device
  • Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner
  • Select the topmost option called ‘Manage apps and device’
  • Now tap and select ‘See details’ under the ‘Updates available’ tab
  • From here you can manually update the apps one by one or simply select the ‘Update all’ button at the top right, which as the name suggests updates all your apps in one go
  • And that’s it! Once the apps are updated and installed you can start using them normally

How to set automatic updates for all apps on Google Play Store

If you don’t want to take any headache of manually updating apps on your phone each and every time a new version of the app is available, the Google Play Store has got you covered in that aspect. Here’s how you can enable automatic app updates on your Android phone.

How to update apps automatically through Play Store
  • Open Play Store on your Android device
  • Next, tap on your profile picture at the top right corner
  • Select the ‘Settings’ option
  • Now tap and select ‘Network preference’ and a drop-down menu would appear
  • Here you can find the ‘Auto-update apps’ setting and select your desired way of automatically updating the apps such as through WiFi & data or only via WiFi
  • After selecting an option hit ‘Done’ and your apps will be automatically updated whenever a new version is pushed to the Play Store

How to check whether Google Play Store apps are up to date or not

In order to check whether the apps installed on your phone are up to date, you can launch the Google Play Store and head over to the manage app settings to see which apps are available for update. Here’s how.

  • Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone
  • Tap on the profile picture at the top right corner
  • Now select ‘Manage apps and date’
  • Under the ‘Updates available’ option you’ll be able to see the pending app updates. If the number is 0 it means all your apps are updated to their latest possible versions

.

Leave a Comment