How to update iTunes: You don’t know if the version of iTunes installed on your computer is the most up-to-date one? Don’t you have to call a computer-savvy friend to find out? iTunes integrates a handy update function that checks the version of the program installed on your computer and, if necessary, updates it to the latest one.
Furthermore, if you have downloaded the program from the Microsoft Store of Windows 10 or have a Mac, you can count on the automatic update mechanisms included in the operating system, which check for updates for applications (in the case of Microsoft Store) or system components. (in the case of macOS) and allow you to always have the most updated version of iTunes installed without having to lift a finger.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a super quick guide on how to update iTunes on both Windows and macOS which will definitely help you shed some light on the matter. I assure you that it will only take you a few clicks to make sure you always have the latest version of Apple’s famous software for managing multimedia files and iOS devices installed on your PC. Happy reading and, above all, happy updating!
How to update iTunes on PC
By default, iTunes automatically warns you whenever a new version of the program is available. The same goes if you download the program through the Microsoft Store in Windows 10. In any case, if you use a Windows PC and you want to find out in more detail how to update iTunestake a look at the instructions below.
ITunes update system
As mentioned above, iTunes has an automatic update system that periodically checks for updates and notifies the user of the thing. If, therefore, a new version of the program is available, you should see a warning as soon as you open it.
If this has not happened and you want to “manually” check for new versions of iTunes, proceed as follows: start the program, click on the item ? present at the top left and select the item Check for updates from the menu that opens.
If a new version of iTunes is available, you will be shown a notification about it: to proceed with its download and, consequently, with its installation, press the button Download iTunes.
If you want to make iTunes automatically download updates (when available) without having to confirm it every time, put the check mark next to the item Don’t ask me again.
Apple Software Update
If, when you installed iTunes on your computer, you also agreed to install Apple Software Updatethe program that monitors the availability of updates for all Apple software on the PC, you can also proceed through the latter.
Then click on the button Start Windows (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), search Apple Software Update in the appropriate text field and click on the first search result.
In the window that opens, check that there is iTunes in the list of updateable software, make sure that there is a check mark next to its name and first click on Install 1 item and then on I accept And Yupin order to start the program update.
Note that in some cases, you may need to install a newer version of the same Apple Software Update before checking for updates for iTunes.
If you want to change the frequency with which Apple Software Update must check for updates for iTunes and for all Apple software installed on your PC, select the item Preferences from the menu Editpresent at the top left.
In the window that opens, select the tab Planput the check mark next to an option between Everyday, Every week or Every month and click on the button OK, to save the settings. If you want, the option is also available Neverto completely disable the automatic search for updates, but I do not recommend selecting it.
If you use Windows 10 and you downloaded iTunes via the Microsoft Storeyou can take advantage of the automatic update function offered by the latter.
To check if applications are automatically updated from the Microsoft Storestart the latter (the shopping bag icon with the colored flag), press the button … located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that opens.
Now check the lever located at the option App updates: if this is set to Activated, applications downloaded through the Microsoft Store (including iTunes) are automatically updated. If not, activate it yourself and the system will start updating the programs downloaded through the store.
If you want to “manually” check for updates in the Microsoft Store, click on the button … located at the top right and select the item Downloads and updates from the menu that opens. Then click on the button Retrieve updatesto check for available updates, and then on the item Update everything, to download them to your PC. Easy, right?
How to update iTunes on Mac
If you use a Macsince iTunes is an application included “standard” in the operating system, you can update it using the automatic update mechanism of macOS: here’s how.
macOS 10.15 Catalina and later
If you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you do not need to update iTunes, as Apple’s historical software is no longer present in the operating system and has been “broken down” into various applications: Music, Podcast And TVwith the management of the iPhone and iPad entrusted to the Finder.
macOS 10.14 Mojave and later
If you use macOS 10.14 Mojave or a later version of the Apple operating system, you can check the activation of the function linked to automatic updates by going to System Preferences (L’gear icon located on the Dock bar) and going up Software update.
In the window that opens, if there is a check mark next to the item Keep your Mac updated automatically, it means that the automatic updates function is already active and therefore you do not have to do anything. Alternatively, check the box in question and macOS will automatically check for updates for the operating system and applications downloaded from the Mac App Store.
If you want, by clicking on the button Advanced (bottom right), you can adjust the update settings in an even more detailed way, choosing whether to activate the automatic search for the same (box Look for updates), automatically download them (boxes Download new updates when available), and download / install system and application updates downloaded from the Mac App Store (boxes Install macOS updates And Install app updates from the App Store).
macOS 10.13 High Sierra and earlier
If you use macOS 10.13 High Sierra or a previous version of the Apple operating system, to activate the automatic download of updates function, go to System Preferences (L’gear icon located on the Dock bar) and go up up App Store.
In the window that opens, if necessary, put the check mark next to the box Check for updates automatically and all the boxes below, in order to automatically download and install updates for the operating system and applications downloaded from the Mac App Store.
The last box, Automatically downloads apps purchased on other Mac computersdoes not concern updates, but the ability to automatically download applications from the Mac App Store to your computer using other Macs associated with the same Apple ID.
In case of problems
If, despite my directions, you still haven’t been able to update iTunes, there is probably some error preventing you from completing the operation.
At this point, check that the macOS firewall does not prevent communication with the servers for downloading updates and, if you cannot solve this, try uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes, following the instructions you find in my tutorial dedicated to the topic. .