How to Install apps on your android

If you’ve ever wondered how you could update your Android apps, you’re in luck because it takes a few simple taps and you’re back to your games. However, it’s more than an objectively better app afterwards. It serves a higher purpose.

Apps aren’t perfectly made. They have hiccups; they crash; they don’t even start up sometimes. Then, what you’re left with is a broken app that you wish you could use. And that’s where updating comes in. The developers of an app don’t always catch errors during the app’s development period.

The errors that do end up surfacing tend to be shortly after an app is released, at least the brunt of them, and updates are doled out afterwards. It’s a numbers game, really. You might have a few dozen developers versus thousands of users. Who’s going to find an error first?

On top of updates improving the app’s functions, next you have security. Again, this is a numbers game. Apps with a high number of traffic, like Android-made apps or Apple-made apps, will always be targets for hackers. They’ll look for any exploit they can find because they’re high priority. Having your data exploited is, obviously, pretty terrible. However, if you’re one to look on the brightside, when the exploit is inevitably reported and patched with an updated, no one else will suffer. Victims exploited by the security breach are often compensated in varying degrees.

Here’s how you update your Android apps:

Updating Android Apps Individually

1. Open the Google Play Store app.

Open the Menu

2. Open the Menu. It’s the three horizontal lines located to the left of Google Play’s search bar.

Select My Apps & Games

3. Select My Apps & Games.

Find the app you want updated and select Update

4. Find the app you want to update and select Update. Any app that needs an update will display an “UPDATE” option.

5. Additionally, you can view brief notes on the content of the update by selecting the very small arrow to the right of the app. It’s either next to “OPEN” or “UPDATE.”

Updating Android Apps Altogether

1. Open the Google Play Store app.

2. Open the Menu. It’s the three horizontal lines located to the left of Google Play’s search bar.

3. Select My Apps & Games.

Near the top, tap Update All

4. Near the top, tap Update All. Your Android device will update every single app that needs one. You can determine which app needs an update by seeing the “UPDATE” option.

5. Additionally, you can view brief notes on the content of the update by selecting the very small arrow to the right of the app. It’s either next to “OPEN” or “UPDATE.”

Automatically Updating Specific Apps

1. Open the Google Play Store app.

2. Open the Menu. It’s the three horizontal lines located to the left of Google Play’s search bar.

3. Select My Apps & Games.

4. Tap the Installed tab.

5. Select the desired app you want automatically updated.

6. Select More. It’s the three vertical dots located in the top-right corner of the screen.

Checkmark the Enable Auto Update option

7. Checkmark the Enable Auto Update option. Uncheck if you’d like automatic updates disabled for that specific app.

Automatically Updating All Apps

1. Open the Google Play Store app.

2. Open the Menu. It’s the three horizontal lines located to the left of Google Play’s search bar.

Select Settings

3. Select Settings.

Scroll down to Auto-Update Apps

4. Scroll down to Auto-Update Apps. You’ll have several options to choose from:

  • Over any network – Data charges may apply: This means your Android device won’t discriminate against any connection. If it finds one, it’ll connect and update your apps. If you use your data to update, you can be charge for any data you use.
  • Over Wi-Fi only: Self-explanatory. Any Wi-Fi connection your Android device can connect to, it will and update your apps.
  • Don’t auto-update apps: Self-explanatory. Your Android device won’t auto-update at all, unless specifically told otherwise.

You should be aware of the dangers of connecting to any network. Automatically updating all apps or specific ones is nice and convenient, but it poses a security problem. Letting your Android device connect to a network whenever it gets a chance leaves your device open for any attacks.

However, choosing to disable auto-updates–and not making a habit to manually update–also leaves your phone open for an attack. Updates can fix any security issues found within an app.

If you’re a forgetful person, you’re best bet is choosing “Over Wi-Fi only,” or “Don’t auto-update apps,” certainly the former. Disable your Wi-Fi settings when you’re in public so your device isn’t tempted to connect to an open network.

If you choose to disable auto-updates, be sure to set aside time to update all your apps. Your device could be compromised without new updates.

App Refuses to Update

You don’t have enough space? Here’s what you do:

1. Open Settings. It’s the gear on your home screen.

2. Scroll down until you find Storage. Tap it.

3. After a brief moment, your device will tell you how much storage has been used and how much you have left.

4. Select the storage. Typically you’ll only have one option: your device’s default storage.

5. Tap Used Space. Your device will calculate how much storage is being used in broad terms like: Apps, Images, Videos, Audio, and Other.

6. Delete images, videos, apps, audio or other data to make room.

Still not updating? Your device might need an update. Here’s how you get started:

  1. Open Settings. It’s the gear on your home screen.

2. Depending on your manufacturer, updating your device can be located in several locations:

  • System Updates > Update each option available
  • About Phone > Software Update > Check Now For Update > Install Now

Now that your device is up-to-date, it should be smooth sailing from here on out.

It’s important you keep your apps up-to-date, even if you turn auto updating off. Set time aside when you’re asleep or when you have downtime. However, it should be noted that some apps require permission to update.

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