This guide will discuss how to update the Advanced Custom Fields (and PRO version) plugin on your website. Updates can be applied by either of the two methods shown below.
One click update
The Advanced Custom fields plugin can be updated via the ‘Plugins’ page found in your WordPress website admin area. Updates will appear when available and can be applied by simply clicking on the ‘update now’ button.
This method of update is also available for ACF PRO, however, you will also need to activate your license. This is easily done via the ‘Custom Fields -> Updates’ admin page. If your license has not been activated and an update is available, you will be notified when viewing the ‘Plugins’ page.
You may also apply plugin updates manually by copying and pasting the plugin files into your ‘wp-content/plugins’ folder. You can download the Advanced Custom Fields plugin files from the WordPress repository page and the ACF PRO plugin files from your account online.
There is no loss or change to data whilst modifying the plugin’s files making it safe to delete and re-upload the plugin folder.
Some updates may trigger a prompt to upgrade the DB. The logic to check if a DB upgrade is required will run in the admin area after a new version number is detected, therefore, it is fully compatible with both the update methods listed above.