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Why & How Often Should You Update Your Mobile App?

App developers frequently update their applications to fix bugs and performance issues. What does this mean for you, as a consumer?

In iOS as well as Android, apps can be updated automatically. You can turn this feature on or off from Settings. Many a times, people disable auto updates to save on mobile data, because they don’t like big changes or when they’ve had a bad experience with updates crashing apps.

We have apps for everything from messaging and emailing to games to social media. And since new apps are constantly being released, there are always fresh ones to try.

Your smartphone needs to be working smoothly without getting stuck due to buggy apps. In this piece, let’s go through the reasons for frequent updates being pushed to the apps on your phone.

Why Should You Update Your Mobile App?

mobile application With so many apps come so many updates. While some are merely cosmetic, others can improve the app’s (and therefore, your phone’s) performance.

1: To Keep Up with Trends

Not the most important reason from the user perspective, but certainly an important reason for a developer to push an update. Anyone who has tried to use an outdated app can attest to the fact that technology moves quickly.

What was once a cutting-edge app can quickly feel obsolete if its skips out on offering new features introduced by rival apps.

2: To Address Bugs and Enhance Security

It’s important that our phones stay updated to meet all the threats posed by our modern digital world. But just upgrading the OS or software on your iPhone and Android is not always enough.

Apps are constantly talking to your phone, receiving and exchanging crucial information. Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to exploit this fact. The apps we use on our phones and computers must always be updated to meet the possible security threats and bugs that might plague them, and thus the device in question.

3: To Make An App More User-Friendly

Today, there are many apps created just to carry out a single task. For example, there are food delivery apps, taxi-booking apps, music listening apps and so on.

To stay ahead in the game, keep coming up with the latest app updates that improve usability or provides a shortcut to an oft-used feature within the software. It’s different from introducing a change merely to enhance the look of an app.

This makes it essential for us to keep our apps updated. That being said, software updates were a rare and much-anticipated event in the past. Today, we see devs coming out updates ever so often.

This constant stream of updates can be overwhelming for users, especially when they are automatically installed without the user’s knowledge or consent.

How Frequently Should Your Mobile App Be Updated?

mobile application development If you’re thinking about getting into app development, that’s a great question and one that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. After all, there are more than two million apps in the App Store and Google Play; making generalizations is difficult.

However, we have listed a few factors to assist you with this question.

  • Stability is the first factor to consider if your app is constantly crashing or freezing. You’ll want to update it as soon as possible.

On the other hand, if the app is stable and your users are not experiencing any major issues, you can probably wait a little longer before updating.

  • If the potential update has to do with a bug fix or security patch, you should probably not wait more than you absolutely have to before updating. Hackers are always looking to exploit old vulnerabilities.

Additionally, if the update is intended as a major new version with new features, you’ll want to update your app as soon as possible.

From the user perspective, some people always like to have the latest and greatest version of an app, while others are happy using an older version. But where a security update or bug fix is concerned, it’s better to update the app in question without delay.

Bottom line: Don’t wait too long to update your app! Regular updates are critical to your app’s performance and security.

Conclusion

Updating apps is essential to maintain optimum security and performance on your device. There is little reason to not update since the procedure is typically simple and quick.

Depending on the app, you may be prompted to update it when you open it or when you first connect to the Internet after a short interval has passed since the last update.

Otherwise, you can always enable automatic updates in Android as well as iOS.

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