How to manually search for app updates in the Microsoft Store

In Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, the Microsoft Store handles updating apps automatically. However, this does not mean that your apps are updated very fast. As always, when working with updates, there is a delay between when updates are released and when they are available on your PC or device. However, Windows does give you the option to force a manual check for app updates, so that you can install them as quickly as you need. Here is how to manually check for app updates, in the Windows Store:

NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. The first part is about Windows 10, and the second is about Windows 8.1.

How to manually get app updates in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store

The first thing you have to do is open the Microsoft Store. Click or tap on its tile from the Start Menu, or use its shortcut from the list with all the apps.

In the Microsoft Store app, click or tap on the "..." (three dots) menu button from the top-right corner of the window.

In the Microsoft Store menu, click or tap on "Downloads and updates."

The Microsoft Store loads a new page where you can see the "Recent activity." Here you can see the apps that you recently downloaded using the Microsoft Store, and when your apps were recently modified. If you want to trigger a manual search for updates and also install them if updates are available, click or tap on the "Get updates" button from the top-right corner of the window.

The Microsoft Store starts checking for available updates. For as long as it does that, the "Get updates" button is greyed out.

If there are updates to be installed, you can see the progress for each of the apps. If you want to, you can also pause one, some or all the app updates that are downloading.

When all the apps installed are up to date, the Microsoft Store displays a message saying that "You're good to go" and that "All your trusted apps and games from Microsoft have the latest updates."

If you are using Windows 8.1, read the next section in this guide.

How to manually get app updates in the Windows 8.1 Microsoft Store

First, you have to open the Microsoft Store app. The fastest way to do it is to click or tap on its shortcut on the taskbar.

Then, bring up the charms and click or tap Settings. A quick way to access the charms is to press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard or slide your finger from the right side of the screen if you are using a touchscreen. Then, click or tap on "App updates."

Here you can find settings related to how the Windows Store handles app updates. By default, it is set to update your apps automatically. If you do not want to do that, set the "Automatically update my apps" switch to No.

If you want the Microsoft Store to do a manual search for app updates, click or tap on the "Check for updates" button.

If updates are found, you should see the apps for which there are.

If no updates are found, you are also informed.

If you want to update the apps for which there are updates available, click or tap Install on the bottom toolbar.


As you can see from in this guide, making manual checks for app updates is easy. You just have to remember that this is done from inside the Microsoft Store app. If you have any questions about this subject, do not hesitate to ask, using the comments section below.