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How to Manually Check for and Install App Updates in Windows Phone 8.1


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The people who create apps and games for Windows Phone are constantly making tweaks and improvements, fixing bugs, or adding new features. When a newer version of an app you've downloaded becomes available, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically by default.

By default, app updates will only be installed over Wi-Fi. If you're not on Wi-Fi when an update becomes available, the update will be added to your downloads queue and will download automatically the next time your phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.

If you have an app update in your downloads queue, and it's less than 50 MB, you can choose to download it immediately over your cellular data network.


This tutorial will show you how to manually check for and install app updates in Windows Phone 8.1.

Note   Note
If automatic app updates is turned on, then while your phone checks for app updates, it'll automatically download and install the updates as soon as possible. If any updates for apps were installed, then you will see a notification banner and a notification in the action center from the Store app letting you know.

If automatic app updates is turned off, then you will need to manually check for and install app updates. If you pinned to Start the Store app, then you will see number on the Store tile (if pinned to Start) indicating how many app updates are available to install. If any app updates are available, then you will also see a notification banner and a notification in the action center from the Store app letting you know.

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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to check for updates.

2. In the App list, tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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A) Swipe over to or tap on Applications at the top, tap on store, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the App list, tap on Store. (see screenshot below)

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A) Tap on the More Name:  More.png
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B) Tap on settings, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. Tap on check for updates. (see screenshot below)

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5. Tap on ok. (see screenshot below)

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6. Now that your phone as checked for new app updates from the Store, do step 7 or 8 below for how you would like to install them.

7. Open the Action Center, tap on the # apps need your attention Store notification if available, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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8. In the App list, tap on Store. (see screenshot below step 3)

A) Tap on the More Name:  More.png
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B) Tap on downloads, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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9. Do step 10 or 11 below for what you would like to do.


10. To Download and Install All Available App Updates

A) Tap on download all at the bottom, and go to step 12 below. (see screenshot below)

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11. To Download and Install a Single Available App Update

A) Tap on an available app update (ex: extras+info) at the top that you want to install. (see screenshot below step 10A)

B) Tap on update at the bottom, and go to step 12 below. (see screenshot below)

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12. The selected app update(s) will now start to download and install. (see screenshot below)

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13. If you like, you can return to your Start screen now or after the app update(s) have finished installing. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn