How to Check for Kindle Fire App Updates

I realize this is a repeat of a post I had last week….however, many of you will understand “why” if you follow the instructions below!

I thought it was time to blog about a tip as, after all, that’s part of this blog’s name! If you have a question, you can always email me (Michael at fkbooksandtips dot com). If enough people ask the same question, I’ll probably answer it in a public forum like this as it usually means a lot more of you have the same question!

I’m frequently asked about updates to various apps people have purchased from the Amazon App Store – how much does it cost to get the upgrade, how do you find out about them, how do you install them, etc.?

The first question is pretty easy: if an app publisher, including my own little company, updates an app in the Amazon App Store, you get it for free. Updates to apps generally revolve around bug fixes or minor improvements, so why should you have to pay again for an update?

Finding out about an update can be a little tricky: on my Android-enabled phone, I do get notifications of upgrades / updates and it is easy to just tap an icon or two, the update installs, and I move on with life. With the Fire, however, it can be a little tricky to see if you have any available updates – the original Kindle Fire used to be easy, but with software upgrades to the Fire’s operating system, the release of two new versions of the Fire, I’ve found out the long way I had available updates that needed to be installed.

All that being said, how do you find out if you have updates available to your aps and how do you install them? To check out if you have available updates on your Kindle Fire for apps you have purchased from the Amazon App Store, just follow these steps:

• Turn on your Kindle Fire, and make sure your wireless feature is on.

• From the Home Screen, tap the “Apps” icon at the top of the screen.

• Tap the “Store” icon in the upper right-hand portion of your screen.

• Tap the menu icon at the bottom-center of your screen (it looks like a representation of a piece of paper to me, or a box with three horizontal lines).

• Tap the “App Updates” option on the new pop-up menu. Who knows, you might be surprised at what apps have been updated and are available?

• Tap the “Update” icon to the right of the app(s) you would like to update.

• If the previous version of the app is still on your Fire, you should receive a warning message it can’t update unless you remove the previous version. To install the new version, you must remove the old version.

Hope that helps!


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  1. Lynn McBride McClure says

    I bought the current version and I have yet to be able to launch it. All it wants to do is force close the app… Don't know if it will ever work… but since it's the current version I guess I'll have to wait for another update… sighhhhh….

  2. says

    clicked on link to update my collections app and cant find update my kindle did not automatically update, my books are still out of alphabetical order and my version doubled my books again I cant find books i just bought so i can't put them in the right catagory. help!

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