The iTunes program that you use to manage your music and video collection gets updated a lot. Update checks typically occur automatically, and you will often receive prompts from the iTunes updater to install the latest version of the software. But if you are not getting these notifications and want to manually check for updates so that you can install an iTunes version with all of the latest features, then it is possible to force iTunes to check for updates.
Check for Available iTunes Updates
Note that the method described below assumes that you have a version of iTunes installed on your computer that features the minimized menu at the top-left corner of the window. If you are using an older version of iTunes where the full menu is displayed, then you can skip step 2.
Step 1: Launch iTunes.
Step 2: Click the iTunes menu button at the top-left corner of the window, then click the Show Menu Bar option.
Step 3: Click Help at the top of the window, then click Check for Updates.
Step 4: If there is an update available, you can click the Download iTunes button on the pop-up window that appears.
Step 5: This will open an Apple Software Update window, and you can click the Install button at the bottom-right corner of the window to download and install the update.
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