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Smartphones that are powered by the Android OS dominate the world’s handset market with a staggering figure of over 81%.

When compared to the Apple iOS’s 15% and Microsoft’s 3%, there is no doubt that Google is a dominant player as far as the handset market is concerned.

The most astonishing thing is that the above stats are derived from the 2014 figures. However, the previous years have also seen Android dominate the market, but not in a similar fashion. Nevertheless, the many Android devices in the world today means that there is literally no place you can walk without coming across an Android phone. Last year alone, more than 1 billion devices installed with the Android OS were shipped, a figure that might take Apple and Microsoft years to achieve.

The Android users get their applications from the Google Play Store. It is the same store where updates to the apps that are installed on the Android devices are published. Keeping your apps updated is one of the most essential steps you need to take as an Android user. This is true because you will get new features and enhanced performance in addition to battery optimization updates when you use the latest versions of apps on your device.

It is very important that you update your apps just in case there is an available update for your phone’s software. This is so because the developers of these apps are always tweaking their apps to ensure that they are compatible with the latest versions of the Android OS. There are two different ways you can use to update your apps and both of them have been discussed below.

Automatically updating Android apps

Automatically updating your apps is one of the easiest ways of keeping the apps up to date. In fact, users have the option of customizing the process of automatic update of apps; for instance, choose the condition they want the apps to download the updates.

There is the option of downloading and installing the app updates at any time, regardless of whether the internet connection is through Wi-Fi or mobile data. However, you can also opt to automatically update the apps when your phone connects to a Wi-Fi connection only. Both settings can be found in the Settings page of the Google Play Store app, which can be accessed from the left drawer.

Manually updating Android apps

There is another option of choosing the apps you only want to update and leaving out the others. When you slide out the drawer on the left of the Play Store, you will see a “My Apps” option. Tap on it to reveal the list of all the apps installed on your phone and at the top are those with the updates ready and available for download. By tapping on “Update All” at the top of the list, you will be prompting all the apps, with available updates, to start downloading and installing these updates. Alternatively, you can just tap on each app and update it individually.

It’s normal and in fact very wise to always be very cautious about which apps you download updates. This is true because there are others which demand permissions before updates; yet, some of these permissions are absurd; for instance, collecting your personal data, such as calls, messages or even location, among others. This may look like the apps are being invasive to your personal life.