How to Update the Google Play Store on Android

  • Your Android device should update the Google Play Store and all Android apps automatically.
  • To manually update the app, open the Play Store Settings menu and navigate to the About section, then tap Update Play Store.
  • You can set the Play Store to automatically update all apps using Network preferences in the Settings menu of the Play Store.

Usually, your Android device updates your apps and operating system regularly and automatically without any action from you. This way you always have the latest software with bug fixes and security updates on your phone or tablet. But sometimes you might want to install an update immediately, before your phone updates automatically.

This can be especially true for the Play Store, which is an important app that, among other things, is responsible for managing and updating all other apps on your device. Or maybe the automatic updates setting has been turned off and you want to turn it back on so you can update everything automatically. Here’s what to do.

How to update the Google Play Store

Most apps on your phone can be updated using Manage apps and device option in the Google Play Store. But the Play Store itself is updated slightly differently.

1. Start the play store application.

2. Press your account icon top right.

3. From the menu, choose Settings.

The Google Play Store app on Android.

Tap your account icon to display the Google Play Store menu.

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4. On the Settings page, touch About.

5. Look in the Play Store version section. If an update is available, tap Update Play Store.

The Settings menu of the Google Play Store app.

If an update is available, you will see a link to update the Play Store.

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How to Update All Your Apps Automatically on Android

If your auto-update option is disabled, you are putting your Android device at risk by not promptly receiving all the latest updates and security patches for apps on your phone or tablet. If you’d rather not manually check for app updates, you can set your Android device to update all apps automatically.

1. Start the play store application.

2. Press your account icon top right.

3. From the menu, choose Settings.

4. Press the Network preferences then press Automatic app updates.

5. In the pop-up window, choose if you want to update Via Wi-Fi only Where On any network (which will also update through your cellular connection).

The Settings menu of the Google Play Store app.

You can configure the Play Store to automatically update apps over Wi-Fi or cellular.

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