The Creative Cloud desktop app provides a quick way to update all of your apps to the latest versions. You can update installed apps individually, or update all apps together.

Update Creative Cloud apps

Note:

By default, all previous versions of Creative Cloud apps are uninstalled when you update to the latest version. If you want to retain previously installed versions, remember to change the default settings before you start the update process. For more information, see Advanced options.

How to check for updates

The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application checks for updates periodically and notifies you whenever one of your installed apps has an update available. However, you can retrieve the latest updates for your Creative Cloud applications without waiting for the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh.

To check for application updates, click the three vertical dots icon at the upper-right in the Creative Cloud desktop app and choose Check for App Updates.

Choose Check for app Updates

How to update apps

When you update your apps, preferences and settings are migrated to the new version. The previous versions of the apps are uninstalled. You can use the Advanced options to change these default settings.

  1. Save your work and close all Adobe apps before you begin. If Adobe apps are open, you may receive a warning to close them. For more help, see Close conflicting processes or applications.

  2. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app and go to the Apps panel. The Apps panel displays Update buttons next to the apps installed on your computer.

    Note:

    If you've installed third-party plug-ins, they may not work with the 2017 version of the apps. Contact your plug-in vendor for information about compatibility and updates.

  3. Click Update All or Update.

    Note:

    Do not use the Update All option if you want to retain the older version of one of these apps. When you're ready to update them (for example, when you've completed a current project), click the Update button next to these apps.

  4. Optionally, click Advanced Options.

    • Deselect Import previous settings and preferences. By default, settings and preferences from the previous version are migrated to the latest version. For more information, see Import settings and preferences.
    • Deselect Remove old versions to retain previously installed versions of software. By default, all previous versions of Creative Cloud apps are uninstalled when you update to the latest version. For more information, see Remove old versions.
  5. Click Update to begin updating installed apps to the latest versions.

    When the update is complete, the latest apps are ready for use. For information on how to start, see Launch Creative Cloud apps.

Advanced update options

Use the Advanced options to specify the app update behavior. By default, all previously installed versions of Creative Cloud apps are removed and customized preferences and settings are migrated to the latest version.

If you want to retain previously installed versions or not migrate settings, update the following options:

Advanced options
Advanced options

Import previous settings and preferences

When selected, applicable settings and preferences of your current apps are migrated automatically to the latest installed version. When you launch the apps, you may be prompted to import settings from earlier versions. On updating, Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, and Muse always migrate preferences from the previous versions.

Some apps, however, do not support migrating preferences and settings from previous versions:

  • Acrobat DC
  • Bridge

Remove old versions

When selected, previously installed versions of Creative Cloud apps are removed when you update. For example, updating to Photoshop CC 2015.5 uninstalls Photoshop CC 2015.

Some apps, however, do not support retaining the older versions. When you click Update All, previous versions of these apps are uninstalled, even if you've deselected the Remove old versions option. If you're updating the following apps individually, the Remove old versions option is selected and cannot be changed:

  • Adobe Muse

Auto-Update

The Creative Cloud desktop app lets you set a preference to keep your apps updated automatically as soon as new versions are released. 

Note:

The Auto-Update feature is currently applicable for XD CC. The option to enable auto-update will be available only if XD CC is installed on your system.

Enable auto-update

  1. Click the three vertical dots icon at the upper-right in the Creative Cloud desktop app and choose Preferences.

    Preferences
    Preferences
  2. Navigate to Creative Cloud > Apps > Auto Update.

  3. Select Enable Auto-Update

    Enable auto-update

Note:

If there is a problem while auto updating an app, you will receive a notification. 

You will have to manually update the app by selecting Update in the Apps tab once the issue is resolved.

Important note

Once you enable auto-update, your Creative Cloud apps will be updated whenever an update is available or will be upgraded whenever a new version is available. In case of upgrade, the previous version of the app will be removed. However, preferences will be saved in both the scenarios.

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