How To Update Windows 10 Apps

Update Windows 10 apps automatically or manually

Windows 10 apps update automatically, manually, or by using a combination of both methods depending on when you want specific app updates installed.

Manually installing updates can be a good option, however, if you want a specific app update immediately after it's released or if you have a slow internet connection that can't handle downloading files while you're performing other tasks.

How To Turn Windows 10 Auto-Updates On And Off

By default, Windows 10 automatically checks for and installs app updates several times a day while your device is connected to the internet.

Toggle this feature from within the Microsoft Store app by clicking the ellipsis menu, selecting Settings, and then adjusting the switch below Update apps automatically.

How To Update Windows 10 Apps Manually

If you've disabled auto-updating for apps on your Windows 10 tablet or computer, you can still manually update them in the Microsoft Store app.

  1. Open the Store app.

  2. Click the ellipsis in the top-right corner.

    The More menu in Microsoft Store
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Downloads and updates.

    The Downloads and Updates section of Microsoft Store settings
  4. Click Get updates.

    Remain connected to the internet for your Windows 10 device to detect updates and download them.

    The Get Updates button in Microsoft Store
  5. The Store app scans for updates for all of your installed apps. If an app update is detected, the update automatically installs it. If all of your apps are up-to-date, a message indicates that You're good to go.

    If you've been told that a new version of an app is available but it doesn't show up when you perform the above steps, it's likely that the update is rolling out gradually to users by region, device type, or operating system version.

    In most cases, simply waiting for around 24 hours before checking for the update again is all that's needed.

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store app.
  6. If updates are available, the download and installation progress for each app displays on the same screen as the Get updates button. Close the Store app if you wish; the updates continue to install in the background after they're initiated.

How To Update Non-Microsoft Store Apps

The Microsoft Store updates all Windows 10 apps that you've downloaded from it. It also updates apps installed on your computer or tablet before you bought it as long as they're listed within the Store.

To find out if an app is supported by the Microsoft Store, search for the app's name using the Search tool in the top-right corner of the app.

While most modern Windows 10 apps use the Microsoft Store, some apps designed for older versions of the Windows operating system do not. Several modern apps, such as the Brave web browser and Exodus cryptocurrency wallet, can only be downloaded from their official websites.

Apps like these usually install updates through one or more of the following methods.

  • Automatically upon start-up. Most apps check for an update soon after being opened as long as they have access to an internet connection. Some download and install the update in the background while others present a pop-up message that asks you to confirm the app update.
  • Manual update check. A lot of apps feature a link within an options menu that manually checks for updates. The Mozilla Firefox browser, for example, offers a Check for updates button on its Options > General settings screen.
  • Complete reinstallation. Some apps can't install updates and require a download of the newer version of the software. The app itself usually presents a notification with a link to the download.

Should I Update All My Apps Manually Or Automatically?

There are several benefits to allowing your Windows 10 device to update your apps automatically.

  • New features: You'll have the latest app features soon after an update is released.
  • Better security: Newer versions of apps are typically more secure than older versions.
  • More free time: You won't have to spend time checking for updates and installing them.

Some people prefer to manually check for updates with Windows 10 as well for the following reasons.

  • App education: By manually checking for updates, you're more aware of which apps have updated.
  • Get app updates quickly: Manually initiating an update check is useful when you want a new version of a specific app minutes after an update has launched.
  • Slow internet or hardware: Automatic updates can slow down older devices and internet speed if a lot of apps update at the same time. Disabling automatic updates allows you to manually update apps when you're not using your Windows 10 computer or tablet.