How To Update Windows 10 Apps

Windows 10 apps can be updated automatically and manually

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Windows 10's focus assist can help manage your app notifactions and alarms.

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

Choosing to automatically update Windows 10 apps allows you to relax and let your computer or tablet take care of checking for updates and installing them. 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 will automatically check for and install app updates several times a day while your device is connected to the internet.

This feature can be disabled and enabled from within the Microsoft Store app by clicking the ellipsis menu, Settings, and then clicking on 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 individually or all at once in the Microsoft Store app.

If you have automatic app updates enabled, you can still manually update apps on Windows 10 at any time. This can be useful for when you know an app update is available but your Windows 10 device hasn't yet detected or installed it.

Here's how to manually update your Windows 10 apps.

  1. Open the Store app.

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

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store app.
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Downloads and updates.

    The options menu in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store app.
  4. Click Get updates.

    Updating apps within the Windows 10 Microsoft Store app.

    You will need to be connected to the internet either by a wired connection or via Wi-Fi for your Windows 10 device to detect updates and download them.

  5. The Store app will immediately scan the internet for updates for all of your installed apps. If an app update is detected, the update will automatically download and install. If all of your apps are up-to-date, you will be shown a message saying You're good to go.

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store app.

    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.

  6. If updates are available, the download and installation progress for each app will display on the same screen as the Get updates button. You can close the Store app if you wish as the updates will continue to install in the background once they're initiated.

How To Update Non-Microsoft Store Apps

The Microsoft Store is used to update all Windows 10 apps that you've downloaded from it. It can also update apps that have been pre-installed on your computer or tablet before you bought it as long as they have an app listing within the Store.

To find out if an app is supported by the Microsoft Store, simply search for the app's name via 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. There are also several modern apps, such as the Brave web browser and Exodus cryptocurrency wallet, that can only be downloaded from their official websites.

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

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

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.

Many 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 are updating at the same time. Disabling automatic updates allows you to manually update apps when you're not using your Windows 10 computer or tablet.