There may be times when Google deems it necessary to update an app despite the preferred update settings you have in place, but this should only occur if the update is meant to fix a critical security vulnerability. This is implied in Google Play Terms of Service.
We will also be providing information about how to update both phones and tablets (they really aren’t any different), how to cancel auto-updates, and what it means/what to do if you receive error messages. The options are somewhat tucked away in Google Play, and aren’t terribly obvious, but we will help you find them and use them.
Method 1: Update Apps Automatically
You can have all apps update automatically for a stress-free approach. Google Play has updated its own look somewhat recently, making things a little easier to navigate and use.
Open Google Play
If you don’t see it on your home screen, you are sure to find it in your app drawer.
Sometimes called the hamburger icon for its three stacked horizontal bars resembling a patty of meat between two buns (you have to use your imagination), the Menu icon is in the upper left.
You’ll have to scroll down to find it, but when you do, go into Settings.
Data versus Wi-Fi Selection
Do you have unlimited data? If not, you might want to select the option to only update apps over Wi-Fi. Sometimes it seems like every time I glance at my phone it’s doing or has done some sort of update. This can be significant when it comes to data usage.
In certain instances, you might have to reboot your Android to complete the updating of your apps. If Error 535 displays, the app update being downloaded is likely not optimized for your particular Android. Contact the developer to confirm.