Minecraft should update automatically, but if it doesn’t work, then there are a few different ways to check for updates manually.
Minecraft is one of the greatest sandbox games in gaming history. Minecraft has garnered so much success and popularity since its release in 2011. The game is available to play on consoles, computers, and smartphones. Minecraft managed to stay on the top of the charts by releasing regular updates and often providing new exciting content (like new skins, adventure maps, etc.) for the players.
In addition to new content and features, updates are used to fix the bugs in the game, provide enhancements, or provide better compatibility with the devices. New Updates also improves the stability and performance of the game. Hence, it is necessary to keep your Minecraft game updated.
Usually, Minecraft should update to the latest version automatically, however, sometimes the auto-update won’t work properly and you need to manually check for updates to get the game fully updated. If your Minecraft is not updating itself, then this post will show you a few different ways to check for updates manually.
Update Minecraft Bedrock Edition from Microsoft Store
If you installed ‘Minecraft for Windows 10’ (Bedrock) Edition, through Microsoft Store, then the best way to get updates for the game is through the MS Store app. Here’s how you do that.
Open Microsoft Store by searching for it in the Windows search bar.
In the MS Store app, click the ‘Library’ button from the lower-left corner of the app.
On the Library page, click the ‘Get updates’ button in the upper-right corner.
The Microsoft Store will look for the latest updates for all the apps and games (including Minecraft) you installed on your computer through the store. If any updates were found, it will download and install them.
If the Microsoft Store update is not working properly or showing errors, you can try resetting the Microsoft Store app. To do that, go to Windows Settings, click the ‘Apps’ tab on the left pane, and open the ‘Apps & features’ settings on the right.
Scroll down, click the vertical ellipsis button (three dots menu) next to the ‘Microsoft Store’ app, and select ‘Advanced options’.
Then, scroll down the Microsoft Store page and click the ‘Reset’ button under the Reset section.
If the auto-update is disabled, you can enable it, so the next time the game will automatically update itself. To turn on auto-update on Microsoft Store, click your Microsoft profile picture in the top right corner of the app and select ‘App settings’.
Then, turn on the ‘App updates’ toggle under App settings.
Reinstall Minecraft Bedrock Edition
In cases the above method doesn’t work, you can always reinstall the game, which will replace the game with the latest version.
To reinstall the Minecraft game, first, open Windows 11 settings. Then, open the ‘Apps’ tab and select the ‘Apps & features’ on the right.
On the Apps & features page, you need to scroll down the page till you find the ‘Minecraft’ app. Then, click the three-dots button next to ‘Minecraft’ and select ‘Uninstall’ to remove the game.
Once the game is uninstalled, reboot your system, then go to the MS store and install the game again. If you already paid for the game, then that license will automatically take effect when you login into the game with the same account you used to pay for the game.
Manually Update Minecraft Java Edition
If you are playing the java edition of Minecraft on Windows 11 and having trouble with updating the game, then you can check for manual updates in the Minecraft launcher.
First, open the Minecraft Launcher on your computer and select the ‘Latest Release’ option from the drop-down next to the ‘Play’ button.
Once you select this option, the game will then automatically download and install the updates if there are any available.
Reinstall Minecraft Java Edition
If the above method doesn’t work, you can try to reinstall the Java edition game to receive its updated version.
To uninstall Minecraft: Java Edition, go to Windows settings, select ‘Apps’ tab, and open ‘Apps & features’ settings like we showed earlier.
In the Apps & features setting, locate the ‘Minecraft’ in the list of apps. Then, click the three-dots button, and select ‘Uninstall’ to remove the game.
If you can’t find Minecraft listed in Apps & features, you can uninstall it from File Explorer. If you are playing the Java Edition, you probably won’t see the Minecraft app in the Apps & features setting. Only Minecraft launcher would be listed there. Even if you uninstall the launcher, the game would still remain in the computer.
To completely uninstall the game, open File Explorer, enter
%appdata% in File Explorer’s path bar and press Enter to navigate to ‘Roaming’ folder of the current user.
Then, right-click the ‘.minecraft’ folder there and select click the ‘Delete’ (trash icon) button at the top of the context menu. Alternatively, you can select that folder and press the Delete key or Shift + Delete keys on the keyboard.
Once the ‘.minecraft’ folder is deleted, the game would be uninstalled. Then, reboot your computer. After restarting the system, open the Minecraft Launcher and log in to your Minecraft account.
Then, click the ‘Play’ button to install the latest version of the game.
Minecraft launcher will automatically download and install the latest version of the game.
Fixing Minecraft Not Updating Issue
If you get an error message saying “Try that again, Something went wrong” with the error code 0x80070490, when trying to update the Minecraft, it is probably related to the Windows update issue. To stop that error, you need to install the latest Windows 11 updates. To that follow these steps:
Open the Windows Settings app by right-clicking the Start button and selecting ‘Settings’ or by pressing Windows + I shortcut. In the Settings, click ‘Windows Update’ on the left pane and select ‘Check for updates’ on the right to check for the latest available Windows updates.
If any feature updates are available, click the ‘Download Now’ button.
After downloading and installing Windows 11 feature updates, restart your PC, and try to update your Minecraft again. Now, the error would probably be fixed.
That is all.