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An important part of making sure your Android phone is running smoothly and securely is keeping apps and games up to date. It’s not exactly obvious how you’re supposed to do this, but we’ll show you how it’s done.

How to check for app updates on Android

The same place to check for updates is where you go to download apps and games — the Google play store. Open the Play Store app on your Android phone or tablet and tap your profile icon in the top right corner.

Select “Manage apps and games” from the menu that appears.

To select "Manage applications and games."

On the next screen, you will want to search for “Updates available” or “All apps up to date”. If you see the latter, you can stop here.

"All applications up to date."

If you see “Updates Available”, tap “Update All” to install all updates immediately, or select “View Details” to review updates first.

To select "Update all" or "See the details."

Choosing “View details” will take you to the “Updates” tab. From there, you can either select the “Update” button next to an individual app or tap “Update All” to update everything at the same time.

Tap "Update all" to update all your apps and games

That’s it! Updates will begin to download and install. You can see the progress indicated by circles around the app icons.

How to Automatically Update Android Apps

If you don’t want to check regularly for app and game updates, you can allow apps to update automatically in the Play Store.

Open the Play Store app and tap your profile icon in the top right corner.

Select “Settings” from the pop-up menu.

To select "Settings" menu.

Expand the “General” section and select “Automatic application update”.

Choose the "Auto update apps" option in "General."

Make sure “On any network” or “On Wi-Fi only” is selected, then tap “Done”.

Make sure "On any network" or "By Wi-Fi only" is selected, then press the "Made" button.

Each application will now be able to update itself automatically in the background. If you don’t want to automatically update a particular app or game, go to the app’s Play Store listing and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.

Uncheck the “Activate automatic update” option.

Uncheck the "Activate automatic update" option.

That’s all there is to updating Android apps and games! Make sure to regularly check your apps for updates to make sure your Android phone or tablet is secure.

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