Updating themes

Theme designers sometimes release new, updated versions of the themes that they've published on the Theme Store. These updated versions usually include bug fixes and new features.

If you haven't made any code changes to your theme or installed an app that has changed your theme code, then your theme updates automatically. If you have made code changes to your theme, then any update won't be automatically applied to your theme. This is because automatic updates remove custom code changes. If you want to update your theme but have edited the code or installed an app that has changed the code, then you need to manually add an updated version of the theme to your online store.

The most up-to-date versions of all themes are available in the Theme Store. If you purchased a paid theme from the Theme Store, then you can add an updated version for free. If you purchased a paid theme from a third-party theme designer, then contact the designer for updates.

Add an updated version of your theme to your online store

When you manually add an updated version of a theme, a second version of the theme is added to your online store. The new version is in its default state, with none of your customizations applied. The older version is unaffected by the update, and still has all of your code customizations.

To add an updated version of your theme:

  1. Create a backup copy of your existing theme.

  2. Visit the Shopify Theme Store and log in. For paid themes, it is important to log in to the account that you used to buy the theme. This will prevent you from being asked to buy the theme again.

  3. Use the top bar search box to search for your theme.

  4. On the search results page, click your theme.

  5. Click Add latest theme version or Add theme.

After you add an updated theme

After you have added an updated version of your theme to your online store, you can do the following:

  • Customize your theme by using the theme editor.
  • Publish your theme.
  • Uninstall any apps that add code to a theme, and then re-install them from the Shopify App Store. If you're not sure whether an app needs to be re-installed, then contact the app developer for support. To contact the app developer, find the app on the Apps page of your Shopify admin, click View details, and then click Get support.

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