How to install Affinity updates

We release updates to our software all the time, and what’s more, they’re free for existing customers. In this article, we tell you how to install these updates.

You’ve purchased some Affinity software and now there’s an update available… so how do you get it?

Updating Affinity software on macOS

  • If you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store—updates are done automatically next time you run your software after it is available in the Mac App Store. If this does not happen for you, open the Mac App Store app and go to the Updates page and then Store > Reload page or press CMD+R. This should hopefully force the update to show. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world which can mean it may take up to 72 hours for your update to be available.
  • If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store—each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option Check for Updates.

Updating Affinity software on Windows

  • If you’ve purchased from the Microsoft Store—updates are done automatically by the operating system (next time you start the application). If this does not happen for you, open the Windows Store app and click the three dots in the top right corner of the app and then go to Downloads and Updates. Click Get Updates. This should hopefully force the update to show.
  • If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store—each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer any available update. The latest update will install over the top of any earlier version, with no need to uninstall.

Updating Affinity apps on iPad

Your Affinity iPad apps should update automatically next time you run them. However, you do need to be logged in with the same Apple ID you used to buy them.

If the automatic update does not happen for you, go to the iPad App Store and go to Updates. Once you’re there, tap near the top of the screen where it states ‘Updates’ and then hold, pull down and then release. This should manually refresh the updates page. However, don’t panic if the updates are not available for you yet—Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world and this can take up to 24 hours.


Head of content and learning
Kate heads up our artist relations, content and learning teams. She loves talking to creators to find out more about their artistic practices for Spotlight and sourcing new content for the Affinity Store.
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