Do you want to update your app or your phone’s OS but you’re getting an error message? Besides that, are your apps crashing as well? The “error checking for updates” message is most common while performing an installation or checking for updates.
So, let’s learn what causes this error and how to fix it on certain platforms.
What Causes “Error Checking for Updates”?
Usually, the update-related error is due to a few possible causes mentioned below.
- Your app cache files are corrupted.
- Your internet connection is not stable.
- Minor app bugs
- The SD card is corrupted.
- Your phone is running low on storage.
How to Fix “Error checking for updates” on Google Play Store
Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to solve this minor error on Google Play Store. They include clearing app cache, modifying data, usage, and more. So, let’s look at them in detail.
Clear Cache Files
Cache files are records of your user data, like searches, frequently visited apps, and more. This data helps you to load pages quickly, saving you time. However, it’s important to clear them once in a while because over time, the piled-up data can get corrupted. Such corrupted cache files can cause apps, like the Google Play Store to behave abnormally and show error messages.
So, here’s how you can clear the Play Store cache files.
- Go to your Settings and go to Apps.
- Locate the Play Store app.
- Tap on Storage and Cache.
- You’ll get two options. You can either delete the data or delete only the cache files.
- Tap on Clear Cache.
Note: The name of some settings might slightly differ depending on your phone’s brand. For example, we found the options Clear all data and Clear data options in the Xiaomi phone.
Uninstall Google Play Store Updates
If your Google Play Store is unable to check for updates, uninstalling any Play Store updates can help fix this issue. Here’s how you can do it:
- Go to your phone’s settings.
- Open the Apps list.
- Locate and tap on the Google Play Store app.
- Tap on the three-dotted menu in the top-right corner.
- Tap on Uninstall Updates.
Note: Please remember that some settings might vary based on your phone’s brand.
Cancel Pending App Updates
If there are a handful of apps with pending updates on your Google Play Store, it can cause the app to crash or show an error. So, you can try canceling any pending updates that you find are not necessary. Here are the steps you can take to do so:
- Open the Play Store.
- Tap on your profile picture in the search bar.
- Go to Manage Apps and Device.
- Tap on Updates Available.
- Press the “X” logo to cancel the pending updates.
If you don’t want your apps to update automatically, you can turn this feature off from the settings. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open Google Play Store.
- Go to your profile icon and tap on Settings.
- Tap on Network Preferences.
- Then, go to Auto-Update apps.
- You’ll see three options. You can choose to auto-update apps over network only or Wi-Fi only. If you don’t want the auto-update feature at all, select Don’t auto-update apps.
- Then, select Done.
Clean Up Storage
Updates can also fail when there’s not enough space remaining on your phone. So, we recommend checking the storage space on your phone. Then, you can uninstall some unnecessary apps or files. After you’ve cleared up some space, you can try installing the updates again.
Check Your Internet Connection
Lastly, if you’re having a lot of connectivity issues with your internet, your updates might fail. So, you can switch to another network with a better speed. If another network isn’t available, a suitable data plan can also help resume your updates.
Alternatively, you can try changing your network frequency from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz.
How to Fix Error Checking for Updates on iPhone
On the iPhone, you may not get the exact error message “Error Checking for Updates.” But, you might notice that the Update button is not working or you might not see the Update progress. Unsuccessful updates on the iPhone can usually be due to a few common reasons:
- Lack of storage space on your iPhone
- Connectivity issues with the update server
- The update size is too large.
To fix the update issue on the iPhone, here are a few solutions you can try:
Clean Up Storage
If you’re very low on storage and you can’t update any apps on the App Store or install software updates, try cleaning up your phone. It’s best to uninstall or offload apps that you use the least. You can also try deleting duplicate or unnecessary photos.
Update iPhone Using iTunes
If you’re having update issues on your iPhone, you can install software updates using the iTunes app on either your Mac or a Windows PC. Here are some easy steps on how you can do just that:
- Launch iTunes on your PC.
- Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
- Click on your iPhone from the iTunes toolbar.
- From the Summary tab on the left sidebar, select the Check for Update option.
- Click on Download and Update.
- iTunes might ask you to verify with a passcode to proceed.
Lastly, you can also try improving the speed of your internet connection and see if it helps.