In the Play Store, I have checked the box "Auto-update" for my application. However, although the app received a new version several hours ago, it is not being auto-updated on my phone.

What I'm wondering is how often are apps auto-updated (if at all)?

Edit: It's been one day and the app hasn't been auto-updated yet. I've tried letting the mobile charge to 100% overnight but it didn't help.

  • Usually they are updated when the phone is charging or with almost full battery and over wifi.
    – user127476
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:10
  • @NicolaBastianello Although I cannot discredit your information, can you please cite an official source? It is possible that you speak from experience, in which case, things are okay for me?
    – Firelord
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:13
  • seems to be a duplicate but unanswered: What time does Google Play update apps when it is set to auto-update?
    – Firelord
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:14
  • Yes sorry I didn't say it, I speak from experience with a Nexus 5. If I find any official source I will post an answer
    – user127476
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:15
  • Auto updates are not limited to WiFi-only by default. This setting must be selected in Google Play settings "Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only"
    – wbogacz
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:23

2 Answers 2


If a user has auto-update enabled in the Google Play store, apps will be updated according to:

  1. Developer preference. Developers can specify that only a certain amount of users receive an update to an app, and then, if the update is successful, roll out the update to more users (either all at once, or slowly).

  2. Region. Sometimes specific updates are only for certain regions, so only users in certain geographic regions will get updates.

  3. Device compatibility. Only devices with hardware compatible with the update will receive it.

  4. Android version compatibility. Only devices using an Android version compatible with the app update will receive the update.

  5. Apps requiring more permissions should prompt the user to accept new permissions before auto-updating. I have heard about cases where this did not happen as expected, but have never experienced this myself.


Check Sync is enabled in settings & background Data is not restricted

Then Check app update is given to your Region. In Play Store, It is possible to distribute app by Region. For example, If A developer given an Update to the US REGION, But you are staying in Some other countries(Even if you have downlaod US version) Play store will not update the app.


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