This is in response to my question " Does the google play store not provide updates for frozen apps? ".

Since google play is now making it difficult, if not, impossible to find and update frozen apps automatically, I'd like to know of alternate ways to do so.

EDIT: Apps like 'App Update Notifier' and 'aTrackDog' does find the updates to the frozen apps! But downloading an update isn't possible since all these apps do is call the Google Play Store. I might need to sideload APKs or get the updated apps from web sources for now I guess..

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    There are update-tracking apps on the playstore. Did you try one of them? E.g. aTrackDog or App Update Notifier? None of them explicitly mentions "frozen apps" in its description, so I cannot tell for sure.
    – Izzy
    Dec 22, 2012 at 13:54

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Like you said, there is no way to update via Google Play if an app is frozen/disabled.

The only way to get the update from Google Play would be to unfreeze/enable it, but this isn't what you want.

The only other way to update an app would be to find out if the developer provides a spare APK to download - if they do then you can sideload this APK.

Otherwise, you may be able to do it using a 3rd party app store - however I don't like 3rd party app stores and don't use them, so cannot comment on this method.

So, in conclusion the only way to get updates to frozen apps is to:

  • Downgrade your Google Play app
  • Download the new APK if available

You can find an old Google Play APK via Google, but when you install it by copying it to the /system/app directory (overwrite the existing vending.apk file), make sure you freeze or delete the marketupdater.apk app, or the market will just update again.

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    +1 for simple downgrading instructions. Although the whole point of updating apps was to keep everything including the market updated. ;) Also, I'd be more than willing to try out 3rd party app stores that provide latest APKs..
    – Irfan
    Dec 22, 2012 at 16:09

Use a 3rd party appstore I recommend 1Mobile Market or Aptoide and install the app using those 3rd party appstores.

Note: If you try to use those 3rd Market apps they might say that you need a certificate or you need to purchase them from the appstore. Just click outside the pop-up and carry on playing. This is not a problem with the frozen apps, but a problem with the app cerificate.

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