Staying up-to-date means that you are aware of everything around you. In the world of computers, smartphones and other electronic and portable devices, staying up to date means catching up with all the new things in the IT world. The system running the device, as well as the applications and programs installed, must be updated regularly to keep the performance of the device perfect or at least almost perfect. The main reason behind this is that the obsolete versions affect performance and start killing the process, which slows down the operation of the machine.
The same goes for applications in Windows 10. Applications can be updated manually or automatically. Some applications need to be updated using both methods. The automatic update is sufficient for all those who wish to avoid notifications or who do not want to mix the device too much. On the other hand, a manual update is an advanced approach which provides the user with all the information about the update and what it brings, for example, new features.
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Activate automatic updates
Automatic update is a default setting. If it was deactivated in the past and you want to restore it to the default values and you forgot it by chance, access the Microsoft Store application, click on the three dots on the upper rights, choose the parameters and activate the switch indicating Update Apps. Automatically.
This will re-enable the default automatic update feature, updating all applications as soon as a new version is available.
Do you want to play with the apps manually?
Performing manual updates really takes a long time, but you just have to stay abreast of upcoming improvements. Once again, access the Microsoft Store application, click on the three dots at the top right and open Downloads and updates from the drop-down menu. A new window will open showing all the applications and the activities carried out on them. On the top right corner, there is a blue button that says Get updates. Click on it and it will start to check which application needs an update.
If a new version is available for an application, the download begins and the installation begins once completed. Otherwise, a message appears at the top indicating that you are ready to go. The same process can be followed even if automatic updates are active. Sometimes Windows delays updates for connectivity reasons or for any other reason. However, if you know that the update is already complete, you can do it manually.
Updating third-party applications
Most third-party applications and previous versions do not appear in the Microsoft Store App. In reality, they are not transported through the store or, if they are, they may have been installed directly from their parent sites, such as games or bank wallets. All of these apps come with an update package that downloads and installs the new version. But each application follows one of these methods. The first is the automatic update functionality of most applications.
Once you open the app and a new version is available, it will notify you and start the download or may even take authorization before the download. The second method follows the manual update model. A notification appears for the new version asking you to install it. If you allow it, the download will start. On the third, some applications do not have update functionality. They warn the user but cannot update. For all of these applications, you will need to check their parent site for downloads.