How To: Force check for app updates in the Store on Windows Phone

I have a few select apps, I heavily rely on…everyone does. And keeping them up to date is of great importance. Before Windows Phone 8.1, the system didn’t allow users to force check for app updates – which is a truly important feature might I say.

But now we can – just like we should have in the first place, and it’s really easy too. It can come in handy especially when you know one of your favorite apps is getting a major overhaul and you’re eager to get it a.s.a.p.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Launch the Store app.

Windows Store - App Bar

2. In the App bar located at the bottom of the screen, tap on Settings.

Windows Store - Settings

3. In the App Updates section tap on the “check for updates” option.

Windows Store - Check for updates

4. The phone will automatically check for updates of your installed apps. You’ll be notified on the Store Tile and if your notification settings allow it, in the Action Center too.

Windows Store - App Updates Icon

Bonus tip: Since you’re checking for updates you probably want to download and install them too – if there are any of course. To do that, go to the Store app one more time and tap on the small icon located at the top right corner of the screen showing the number of pending updates.

Windows Store - Download updates

There you’ll see the list of apps that have new updates released and you can either batch download and install them using the “download all” option or tap on each one you want to update.

Do you find yourself force checking phone updates often? What are your favorite apps you’re trying to keep up to date? Let us know in the comments section!

If you want to stay updated latest on apps & game reviews, news, tips and how tos for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, feel free to follow us on PinterestGoogle+, Facebook and Twitter  (and don’t forget to pin this article if you found it useful so that you’re easily able to reference it later).