Windows 11: How to Update Apps

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It’s always a good idea to keep all your apps updated. Whether it’s your Android device or Windows 11 computer. When you’re running the latest version of an app, you get security fixes and the latest features the app has to offer. So, if you suspect that your Windows apps need an update, here is how you can check. You can manually update the apps or have the app update automatically.

How to Update Windows 11 Apps Manually

Updating your Windows 11 apps won’t take long. All you need to do is open the Microsoft Store app. When it’s open, tap/click on the Library icon at the bottom left of your screen. If there are any pending updates, they will be visible at the top. You can click on the Update All option, or you can click on the update button for a specific app if you don’t want to update them all. If you started an update, you could always stop it by clicking on the square icon where the update option used to be.

You can access additional options by clicking on the dots to the right. You’ll see options such as:

  • Share
  • Write a review
  • Pin to taskbar
  • Pin to Start

How to Have Your Windows 11 Apps Update Automatically

If you want to ensure that your apps are running on the latest version, you can manually update your apps and manually check for any pending updates. But if it’s something you would instead leave to your computer, you can always set up the App Updates option. All you need to do is toggle on the option, and you’re good to go.

To get started, you need to open the Microsoft Store app and click on your profile picture. Go to Settings, and the App updates option will be the first on the list. Toggle on the option, and you’re good to go. If you ever want to turn it off, follow these same steps and turn off the option.

App Updates Windows 11
App updates option on Windows 11

Check the App for Updates

Another thing you can do to check if an app has a pending update is to go to the app’s Settings. It’s not a sure thing that every app will have this option, but it’s worth a look into. For example, if you have Zoom installed on your computer, you can check for updates by clicking on your profile picture on the app, followed by the Pending Updates option. If there are any pending updates, Zoom will start downloading them: if not, you’ll get a message that the app is up to date. Zoom will restart to install the updates.

Zoom pending updates
Check for pending updates on Zoom

Get the Latest Version of an App by Reinstalling the App

This might not be your preferred way of updating your apps, but you can always try reinstalling an app to get the latest version. Installing an app on Windows 11 is quick and easy since you only need to click on the Windows start icon, followed by the All apps option. Find the app you want to update from the list and right-click. The uninstall option should be the last one on the list. Now reinstall the app the way you did it in the first place.

Uninstall Windows 11 App
How to uninstall an app on Windows 11

How to Check for Pending Updates for Installed Apps on Windows 11

Another option that you have to install a pending update is to go to Settings, followed by Installed Apps. When you see the list of apps, click on the dots to the right, followed by Advanced Options. Scroll down, and near the bottom, you should see the option to uninstall the app. You can always update your apps using the Microsoft store, but not all apps will come from that source.

Installed Apps Uninstall Windows 11
Uninstalling Apps on Windows 11

How to Uninstall Updates on Windows 11

We’ve all been there when I say there has always been an update we wish an app never got. If that’s your case, here is how you can uninstall those updates. Go to Settings > Windows Update and swipe down to Update History, and the Uninstall updates option will be near the bottom. When you click on the option, you’ll see the list of the updates, and you can only uninstall one or all of them.

Uninstall Windows 11 updates
Uninstall updates on Windows 11

Further Reading

Your Windows computer is not the only device with apps needing an update. Keep reading to see how you can update apps on your Pixel watch and the apps on your Amazon Fire TV. Once you’re done with those articles, you can see how you can have your Android apps updated automatically so you can do more important things.


You’ll always have the latest features when your apps are updated to the newest version. More importantly, you’ll have the latest security patches you don’t have to worry about anything that will harm your device. You can update your apps through the Microsoft store, or you can go to the installed app on your computer and install the updates you want. If that update is more drama than anything else, you can remove those updates. How do you have your updates set up? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.

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