Apps Not Updating On Your TV? It Could Be These Settings

Apps not updating on TV

Are you stuck trying to figure out why your apps are not updating on your TV?

That sucks! Not being able to use your favorite apps because they’re not running on their latest version can be frustrating.

But don’t worry; I’m here to help.

If your TV won’t update apps, power cycle your device, check the Wi-Fi settings, or install a software update. You can also check the available storage space, reinstall the faulty app, perform a factory reset, or check the internal boards to fix the issue.

Read on to get your TV working again!

Why trust us? This article was written by Craig Anderson and Austin Sharman.

Craig has helped thousands of other homeowners repair their appliances since 2016.

TV Won’t Update Apps? Try These 7 Fixes

In this section, I’ll guide you through the different reasons that can explain why you can’t update apps on your TV and provide various solutions.

Are you ready to fix the issue? Let’s dive in!

#1 Power Cycle TV

I find that power cycling a TV that won’t update apps typically solves the issue.

You see, restarting your TV can help clear out any internal hiccups or processing errors that could make the TV think the app doesn’t need an update when it actually does.

Here’s how to power cycle your TV:

  1. Unplug the TV from its power source.
  2. Wait for around 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
  3. Plug the TV back into the power outlet.
power cycle TV
Power cycle your device if your apps are not updating on your TV!

Once you’ve completed the steps above, please try updating the apps again. If the problem persists, try the next fix.

#2 Check Wi-Fi Settings

In my experience, network issues are typically the reason a TV won’t update apps.

One of the easiest ways to solve Wi-Fi problems is by forgetting and reconnecting to your network. Doing so can help eliminate any errors associated with the connection, such as authentication or IP conflicts.

The process of forgetting and reconnecting to your network will vary depending on your specific model. However, on most TVs, you’ll need to:

  1. Go to the manufacturer Settings.
  2. Navigate to “Network” or “General,” then “Network”.
  3. Disconnect or reset the Wi-Fi settings.

If the issue persists, please conduct an Internet speed test on or a similar site and compare the results with the speeds your ISP (Internet Service Provider) promised. For example, if you’re on a 100 Mbps download plan, but the speed test only shows 20 Mbps, then your Internet is running slow, which can explain why you’re having trouble updating apps.

In such cases, my usual advice is to restart your modem and router by unplugging them from their power sources and waiting for at least 30 seconds to a minute to allow the devices to reset fully. Then, plug them back in.

restart your modem
Restart your modem and router to speed up your connection and update your apps.

Keep in mind that if your router is 3-5 years old, it can start experiencing problems, so you should consider getting a new one.

Note: Don’t forget to stay close to your modem and router to avoid interference.

#3 Update the Software

If your TV still isn’t updating your apps, you’ll need to update the software.

You see, outdated software can prevent apps from updating, causing multiple issues while trying to watch your favorite TV show or movie.

To update the TV’s software, access the menu, often located under “General” or “Support”. Then, please search for the update option and select it.

For detailed instructions, please consult the manufacturer’s manual.

Tip: If your TV’s software was already updated, I recommend checking online if others are facing similar problems. Sometimes, new updates can have glitches.

#4 Check the Available Storage Space

When fixing a TV that isn’t updating apps, it’s important to check the available storage space.

Updates often include new features and improvements that need to be stored on your device. If you don’t have enough storage space, your TV won’t be able to update your apps.

Additionally, running out of storage space can affect your TV’s performance. So, you should have at least 10% to 20% of your total storage space available.

To check your TV’s storage space, go to the main menu and look for an option like “Settings”, “System”, “Device Preferences”, or something similar. Then, select the storage option.

If you don’t have enough storage space, please delete any unused apps and clear your TV’s cache.

#5 Reinstall the Faulty Apps

If your TV is having trouble updating just certain apps, please reinstall them.

I find that reinstalling the faulty apps removes any old, potentially problematic data. Plus, when you reinstall an app, you get the newest version.

Go to the app’s settings and look for the “Uninstall” or “Delete” option. Then, go to your TV’s app store, search for the app, and download it again.

Remember, check out your TV’s manual if you’d like detailed instructions.

#6 Factory Reset Your TV

If your apps are still not updating on your TV, try performing a factory reset to clear software glitches.

Just keep in mind that factory resetting your TV will remove any picture settings or configurations you’ve set and delete any applications you’ve installed. If your TV was professionally calibrated, you’ll also need to redo the calibration after the reset.

Always ensure you’ve backed up any essential data or settings before resetting your TV.

To factory reset your TV, access the menu and go to Settings. Then, search for the “Factory Reset” option and confirm the reset.

#7 Check the Internal Boards

Have you tried the fixes above, but your TV still won’t update your apps? Then it’s possible that the TV’s mainboard or Wi-Fi board is malfunctioning.

The Wi-Fi board connects your TV to available networks, allowing features like streaming or app updates. The TV’s mainboard, on the other hand, manages all the functions. So, if one of these boards malfunctions, you’ll need to replace it.

It’s worth mentioning that the internal components of your TV can pose electrical hazards. So, unless you’re experienced, my advice is to call a professional.

Keep in mind that Wi-Fi boards cost $20-$150, while the mainboard can cost from 20% up to 60% of the TV’s original price. If the main board is the issue, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace the entire TV.

Wrapping Up: Solutions to TV App Update Issues

Hopefully, now you know how to fix your TV issues.

Remember that if you can’t update apps on your TV, you’ll need to power cycle your device, check your Internet connection, and install the latest software update. It’s also important to ensure enough storage space, factory reset your TV, or check the internal boards.

Thank you so much for reading. If you ever experience a different issue with your TV, please check out our site.

Good luck!

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