How to Check for iTunes Updates on a Windows PC

The iTunes application for Windows laptop and desktop computers is a good way to manage your music and media libraries.

But you may be missing certain features or functions if you aren’t using the most recent version.

Luckily you can enable an option that will check for updates automatically so that you can download them as they become available.

How to See If You Can Download an iTunes Update in Windows

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Choose the Advanced option.
  5. Click the Check for new software updates automatically box.
  6. Click OK.

Our guide continues below with additional information on checking for iTunes updates, including pictures of these steps.

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.

If you think you have some iTunes credit but aren’t certain, then this iTunes gift card balance tutorial can show you how to check on your iPhone.

How to Check for Available iTunes Updates (Guide with Pictures)

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.

click the itunes menu

Step 3: Click Help at the top of the window, then click Check for Updates.

click help, then 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.

how to check for iTunes updates in windows

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.

click the install button

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you have a backup of your iPhone in case it is ever lost, broken, or stolen. Learn how to backup your iPhone in iTunes.

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