How to Automatically Update Users to the Latest Version of your Expo App

The eas-cli tool offers a really great way to make live updates to your app. Say you squash a bug and want to publish the changes to people who have your app installed. You would just run a simple Expo update. Next time they open your app they'll see the changes reflected. But sometimes, with new packages, infrastructure changes, or just larger updates, you'll want to publish a new version through the Apple App Store and/or Google Play. It's important to keep your users on the most up-to-date version of your app. Luckily Expo offers a way to automatically compare the app version with the most latest one in the app stores called Expo Updates.

First install the Expo Updates package:

expo install expo-updates

Then, import the package:

import * as Updates from "expo-updates";

Now you can check for updates and give the option to install them like this:

const fetchUpdate = async () => {
    const update = await Updates.checkForUpdateAsync();

    if (update.isAvailable) {
            "Time for an Upgrade!",
            "To use the latest and greatest features, update your app.",
                    text: "Update",
                    onPress: async () => {
                        await Updates.fetchUpdateAsync();
                        await Updates.reloadAsync();
                    isPreferred: true,
                    text: "Later",

useEffect(() => {
}, []);