An odd omission on Amazon Fire TV devices is an easy way to check for app updates for aps that you’ve installed from the Amazon Appstore. Fire TVs do a decent job of automatically updating apps on their own, if you have Automatic Updates enabled, but there is actually a slightly hidden way of checking for app updates yourself and manually forcing them to install. Here is how to check for and install app updates on Amazon Fire TVs, Firesticks, Fire TV Cubes, Fire TV Edition televisions, and soundbars.
This guide is for checking / installing updates to Amazon Appstore apps, like Netflix or Disney+. This is not for updating pre-installed apps, like Prime Video or IMDB TV, or for system apps (a.k.a system components), like the screensaver or Alexa. To manually check for and install updates to pre-installed / system apps, got to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Check for updates.
In short, you can check for app updates by highlighting the app icon anywhere, such as the Home screen’s Recent row, and then press the Menu button on your remote. A menu will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Select the “More Info” option and the detail page for that app will appear. If the app has an update available, there will be an “Update” button instead of the usual “Open” button. Select the Update button to manually force the app to update. For instructions on updating sideloaded apps, see the bottom of this guide.
- Find and highlight the app that you want to update on the Fire TV’s Home screen. If you can’t find it in either the “Recent” row or the “Your Apps & Channels” row, you can surely find it by holding the Home button on the remote down for a few seconds and then selecting the “Apps” option.
- With the app that you want to update highlighted, press the Menu button on your remote and a menu will appear in the lower right corner of your screen. Select “More Info” from that menu.
- The app’s detail page will load. This screen normally has an “Open” button, but if there is an update available for the app, there will be an “Update” button instead. Select the “Update” button to manually force the app to update.
- If, for some reason, there is no option to update the app and you are certain that an update is available, your only option is to uninstall the app and then reinstall it. Installing an app from the Amazon Appstore will always get you the latest version, regardless of what version was previously installed on your device. Do note that uninstalling and then reinstalling will remove all of your settings/changes/logins for that app. For instructions on how to uninstall an app on a Fire TV, follow this guide.
How to Update Sideloaded Apps
If you are using Downloader, simply sideload the new version of the app the same way you would sideload any other app. The new version that you sideload will replace the existing sideloaded app on your Fire TV without losing any of your data/settings for that app. For details on how to sideload apps with Downloader, see this guide.
If you are sideloading an app update via ADB, simply use the command