As great as Android is, there are sometimes moments when something doesn’t work the way it should.
One of such moments is when Android won’t update apps even when you want it to.
You probably know that one of the most important security measures is to keep your Android device and its apps always up to date.
In this short tutorial I will show you what to do if Android doesn’t update apps on your device. Let’s start!
Keeping your device and apps installed up to date is extremely important. Android apps and Android OS regularly receive updates to fix bugs and any vulnerabilities.
If you update your device, you ensure it has at least the basic level of protection against malicious software. Remember that your device contains probably the biggest amount of your personal information (and data) and updating it should be your top priority.
Let’s move now to the possible reasons why Android won’t update apps and how to fix this problem.
Below there are four most common scenarios why Android won’t update apps on your device.
Trivially, one of the most common reasons why Android doesn’t update apps is that the auto-update apps feature is disabled!
Here is what you need to do to make sure it’s enabled and working properly:
You won’t believe how many people became mad with their phone that they cannot download something only to learn that they don’t have the Internet connection.
If any apps or feature that requires the Internet connection doesn’t work properly, the first thing you should do is check if your device is really online. Here is how you do it:
If you don’t see any such icon, you probably don’t have this set up properly, so you should contact your network carrier to send you the configuration message for the Internet connection.
You probably remember that you have two different options of auto-updating apps (either only via Wi-Fi or over both Wi-Fi and mobile data).
Make sure that you aren’t trying to update apps over mobile network when you set it to auto-update only over Wi-Fi.
One of the reasons why Android won’t update apps is that they are all already up to date.
To check if you apps are really out to date:
You will now see the list of all the apps installed on your device. If some of them are out of date, you will see the option of updating them as well as the option of Update all. If all of the apps are up to date, you will only see the list of Recently updated. If that’s the case, you are good!
If your Android device is always turned on and you never turn it off (like I do), it may sometimes go wild. If some feature or app isn’t behaving properly, the first piece of advice is always to restart your phone.
To restart your phone, simply hold the power button for a few seconds and when a menu pops up choose Restart.
If it doesn’t solve the problem (and it usually does), then you should look for other fixes.
Did I manage to help you? Do you have any questions or other problems? Feel free to leave me your comments in the comment box below!