How to Manually Check for Updates Using iTunes

Instantly download iTunes updates without having to wait

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By default, the iTunes software automatically checks for updates every time the program is run. However, there can be instances when this feature isn't available. For example, the option to automatically check may have been disabled in the program's preferences, or your internet connection might have dropped before or during an update check session. You can manually force a check for iTunes updates, ensure your iPod, iPhone, or iPad is connected and run the program now. Follow these steps:

For the PC version of iTunes

Updating iTunes for a PC can vary depending on where you originally got the iTunes app.

If you downloaded the program from the iTunes website:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click Help > Check for Updates in the menu at the top of the iTunes window.

Note: If the Check for Updates options is not available, you downloaded iTunes through the Microsoft Store.

If you downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store, it will be updated automatically, though you can check for updates on the Microsoft Store.

Once iTunes has been updated, close the program and run it again to check that it functions correctly. You may also have to restart your computer depending on what updates have been applied.

For the Mac version of iTunes

On a Mac, iTunes is now updated through the App Store.

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Click Updates, located at the top of the App Store.
  3. Look for updates available for iTunes or for macOS (these updates may include iTunes updates) and click Install.

You may have to restart the computer after an update, especially if it was a macOS update. It's also a good idea to re-run iTunes to make sure everything is working.

Alternative update method

If you're having problems using the above method, or iTunes doesn't run at all, then you can also upgrade iTunes by downloading an up-to-date installation package. You can download the latest version from theĀ iTunes website. Once downloaded, simply run the installation package to see if it fixes your problem.