You can update your QuickBooks Desktop to the latest release manually or automatically. Turn on Automatic Update to allow QuickBooks to download the latest updates, whether or not the program is running. If you wish to turn this feature off, we recommend manually updating QuickBooks once a month.

Note: Please do not confuse updating to a new release (example: from QuickBooks 2017 R3P to R5P) with upgrading to a new version (example: from QuickBooks Desktop 2017 to QuickBooks Desktop 2018).

Download and install QuickBooks release updates

Updating to a new release (example: R3P to R5P) sometimes needs to make minor changes in the database. These changes will not make the data file incompatible with earlier releases.

Note: To update Quickbooks Database Server Manager, see Install, Update, and Set up the QuickBooks Database Server Manager HOW20735