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You can now manually check for Google Play system updates again

Google fixed the bug that caused the Check for Update button to disappear from the Google Play system update

Google Play system updates are essential for the functioning of the operating system and allow the big G to improve your phone with new features or minor changes, all without having to release a new version of Android. While updates are silently pushed in the background, you can still manually check for Google Play system updates. That’s until late last week when the option suddenly disappeared for several Samsung, Pixel, Xiaomi, Nothing, and OnePlus users. Initially, many thought that Google may have changed its distribution model and no longer wanted users to pull these updates manually. It turns out that this was a bug that the company is fixing with a new version of the Play Store.

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Google Play Store version v31.9.20-21 restores the “Check for updates” button to the Google Play system updates page on all Android devices. Like Play system updates, new releases from the Play Store are automatically installed in the background on your device. However, you can also manually check for new versions. To do this, open the Play Store and tap your profile picture in the top right corner, followed by Settings. In the About section, you should see the current version of the Play Store and the Update Play Store button.

If the new version does not appear on your device, don’t worry. Your phone will automatically download and install the latest version when it becomes available. Alternatively, if you are impatient, you can download the latest version from the Play Store from APKMirror and download it yourself.

While it’s good to see Google fix this bug, the Check for Update button won’t always pull the latest Google Play system update for your device. The big G releases these updates in stages and only makes new versions available to more people over time. So if the rollout is limited to a small group of people, you won’t get it even if you repeatedly mash the update button. For example, the company has yet to begin a wider rollout of the August Google Play system update, which brings a new AutoFill user interface. So the version will not appear on your device no matter how many times you press the Check for updates button.