How to: Update Your Android Apps

Updating apps is, in my humble opinion, a rudimentary task. But not for everyone I guess. Tonight, I discovered that Mrs. The Droid Lawyer’s Android device needed some serious attention. There must have been a bazillion apps that she needed to bring into the 21st century.

Since Android devices are similar to your desktop computers, keeping apps up to date is important. App updates keep your device secure and also help provide the best user experience.

Use Google Play to update

Google Play is my go-to app area, so this post will focus on using Google Play. A new update to Play Store makes the app update process infinitely easier. The only thing you need to remember is that a list of your apps is under the My apps menu. To access all Play Store’s menus, simply swipe in from the left side of the screen.

Play Store menu

The next screen shows all of your apps, and notifies you of the apps needed updating. You’ll see two ways to update apps: update all or individually.

Update Apps

You may be waiting for awhile depending on the number of apps to update.

Google Play also makes it easy to automatically update apps by clicking the Allow automatic updating box. You can auto-update all apps by clicking the menu and selecting the Auto-update apps option.

Auto Update Apps

Auto-update allows you to update via any data connection, Wi-Fi, or never.

Auto-update Google Play apps

I prefer to update over Wi-Fi only, thereby saving my data.

As a caveat warning,

Be a happy Android user and experience the latest and greatest features by keeping your apps up-to-date.

This post was originally published on July 18, 2013.

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