How to enable automatic updates on all your devices
All modern operating systems have automatic updates enabled by default, but it’s good to check that they’re happening, especially if you’ve been updating the same computer for a while.
- Windows 10: From the Start menu, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Here you’ll find several options for controlling Windows updates, but the most important to set up is “active hours”, which ensures that Windows won’t restart in the middle of your working day.
- Windows 11: Click the Windows icon, then navigate to Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options. As in Windows 10, you have several options here to control how Windows Update runs to make it less annoying, including setting “active hours”.
- MacOS: Open System Preferences > Software Update and click on the Advanced button. Be sure to tick all the boxes.
- Android: Open Settings > System > Advanced > System Update and make sure it is turned on.
- iOS: Open Settings > General > Software Update and turn on Automatic updates.
As with operating systems, it’s important to configure software to update automatically because good developers quickly release security patches when problems arise. In some cases, you set automatic updates within the software itself, while in other cases, you can do so through your device’s official app store:
- Microsoft Store: Open the Microsoft Store app and click the three-dot icon in the upper right corner, then select Settings and make sure the toggle for Update apps automatically is authorized.
- MacAppStore: If you followed the step above for macOS automatic updates, you already checked this box, but you can make sure your apps are updated by opening System Preferences > Software Update and clicking on the Advanced button. Here you will see an option to Install app updates from the App Store.
- Google Play: Open the Google Play Store app, then tap Menu > Settings > Auto-update apps.
- iOS app store: Open Settings > AppStore and activate App updates.
If you have other connected devices, such as security cameras, video game systems, smartwatches, doorbells, locks, light bulbs, or anything else, be sure to turn them off. also update.
This article was edited by Arthur Gies and Mark Smirniotis.