Tip: Force an app update in the Windows Phone Marketplace [Video]

Every time we post about a new app update, a lot of users chime in saying they can't see the update yet, meaning the Marketplace on their device is not showing any "updates" on the Tile.

Of course the update is there and in fact if you scroll down you can usually see the new version number listed, but there's no update button. Frustrating! Luckily, there's a little trick: just go in the Marketplace, search for the app, open the description, then back out...wait a second and go back in. This forces a software version-check on the device and now you should be able to update the app.

We're sure lots of you already know this, but hey, we know there's probably even more who don't.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Actually, I didn't know that. Thanks for the tip.
  • oh thanks so much for this post was just trying to update chicks n vixens and your post helped me get it!!!!!!
  • Thanks for the tip. :D
  • I didnt know that thank you! "Knowing is half the battle"
  • Perfect. Thanks much!
  • Didn't work for me, but I'll bare it in mind for the future...
  • I've got a suggestion... How about making your page Windows Phone friendly! Where are the videos? Missing plugins? Hmmm.
  • Thanks ,worked like a charm 
  • I used to get updates on the store tile daily at 5pm AEST but have had none since mid March. Can I force an update for ALL apps?