How to Update Blender (All Possible Ways)

Edwin Parker
By Edwin Parker 22 Min Read
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Let’s talk about this super cool tool we all love – Blender! Did you know the awesome folks who create Blender keep making it better and better all the time? Yes, they do! There’s a whole team of them working super hard, and guess what? They’re paid through something called the Blender Development Fund. That means they keep giving us new stuff in Blender about three times every year! 🎉

But wait, there’s more! Sometimes, there are special versions of Blender called “Alpha” and “Beta” that let us peek into the future! We can try out new and exciting things they are still testing or polishing up. So today, let’s explore how to update our Blender to the newest version and even get a sneak peek at the fun experimental things they’re cooking up in the lab! 🧪🖥️

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So first things first, keeping Blender up to date means we get to play with all the latest toys and tools they add. It’s like having Christmas three times a year! 🎄 And here’s the scoop: getting those new versions is a piece of cake! But we’ll dive into the “how-to” in a bit.

And if you’re an adventurer like me, always excited to explore new frontiers, then you might be super curious about those “Alpha” and “Beta” versions I mentioned. These are like sneak peeks into what might be coming next in Blender, and while they’re super exciting, remember they’re like a movie in the making – not the final release, so you might spot a blooper or two! 🎥😉

In our next stop, we’ll dive into the exciting world of updates and experimentations, exploring how to get our hands on these fresh-out-of-the-oven versions of Blender! Buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun ride! 🚀🎢

How to Update to the Latest Version of Blender in Windows

Ready for some more fun? Let’s chat about how we can easily get the latest version of Blender on our Windows computers. Don’t worry, it’s super-duper easy! And yes, you’ll keep all your fave settings from the version you have now. Pinky promise! 🤞

1. Download the Latest Official Version of Blender 3D

First off, let’s make sure we’re getting the real, awesome, official Blender. There’s only one spot we want to download from, and that’s the Blender website itself: Blender.org/download. Imagine this place like the official Blender toy store where all the newest and coolest versions hang out! 🎉

When you land on that page, you’ll see the shiniest, newest version of Blender just waiting for you to download. For instance, it might say “Blender 3.2.2” or something like that – that’s the latest and greatest they have to offer!

Now, you’re gonna pick the version for your computer. Blender loves all computers equally – whether it’s Windows, MacOS, or Linux! 🖥️ So pick the one that matches your computer, then hit the “Download Blender X.XX” button and voila, the download journey begins!

Guess what? Blender isn’t a space hog. The file sizes are usually pretty friendly – like 214 MB. So it’ll zoom into your computer in no time! 🚀💾

Important Reminder: Stick with the Official!

One tiny, but super important reminder: always, always download Blender from the official website. There are some naughty websites out there that might try to trick us. Sticking with the official site keeps our computers safe and happy! 💻❤️

Stay tuned, and next up, we’ll chat about what to do once that download finishes. Spoiler alert: it’s more fun and games in the world of 3D creations! 🌍🎨 Let’s keep exploring together! 🚀🤖

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2. Install the Current Version of Blender

Alrighty, my tech-savvy friends, now that we’ve got the newest Blender version downloaded, it’s time to get it up and running! 🖥️ Don’t worry, it’s a walk in the park and I’m here to stroll through it with you! 🌳

Finding and Running the Installer

First, head to your download folder. It’s like the landing spot for all new computer stuff! There you’ll find a file that ends in “.MSI”. That’s our golden ticket to the new Blender! Give that file a double click and let’s dive in! 🖱️🎟️

Say Yes to Being Awesome with Blender!

Next up, the Blender Setup Installer will pop up and ask us to agree to something called the End-User License Agreement. It’s a bit like the rules of the road for using Blender, all under something known as the GNU license. Just check the box to say “Yep, I agree!” and click “Next.” 📜✅

Choosing Blender’s Home on Your Computer

Now, we’re going to pick where we want Blender to live on our computer. If you’ve used Blender before, it’s a good idea to keep it in the same spot. That way, it’s like welcoming a new puppy into a home it already knows! 🐶🏠

Blender will suggest a couple of spots (for the program and its libraries) which are usually just perfect! I say we stick with those unless you have a special spot in mind. Press “Next” to keep the adventure going!

Installing and Upgrading to New Adventures!

We’re almost there, my friends! 🚀 Now, a window will tell you it’s ready to start the installation. So let’s do this – hit that “Install” button and let the magic happen!

A little note might pop up from your computer, checking to make sure you’re okay with the new install. It’s like your computer’s way of making sure you’re the boss! So go ahead and give it the thumbs up if needed! 👍💻

And voila, we’re zooming into new Blender adventures together! Next stop, exploring more about what our updated Blender can do! Ready to create more amazing things together? Let’s go! 🎨🌌

3. Confirm the New Version of Blender is Installed

Woohoo! We did it, friends! 🚀🥳 We’ve updated Blender, but let’s make sure everything’s in tip-top shape before we dive into creating new worlds. It’s a bit like making sure all the pieces are in the box after you get a new toy. Let’s do a quick check to make sure we have the newest version ready to roll!

Opening Up Our Updated Blender

When you open Blender, it’s going to feel super familiar. Your old settings are still there, thanks to Blender being a good listener and remembering how you like things! 🖥️💕 It’s like your personalized crafting space with all your tools exactly where you left them!

Spotting the New Version Number

Here comes the fun part: making sure we’re running the latest version! 🕵️‍♂️ When Blender welcomes you, there’s a splash screen (it’s like its way of saying hi!). In the top right corner of this welcome message, you’ll spot the Blender version number.

It’s like the name tag of the version, letting us know which one it is. Make sure it matches the newest number we saw when downloading (like “Blender 3.2.2” or whatever the latest was). 🏷️🔍

And ta-da! If that number matches, you’re all set to explore with the latest and greatest Blender has to offer! 🎉🌟 If not, no worries, we can always go back a couple of steps and try the update again. After all, practice makes perfect!

What do you say, pals? Ready to jump in and start creating? With the latest version of Blender, our creative possibilities just got a turbo boost! Let’s see where our imaginations take us! 🚀🌈

How to Use the Alpha and Beta Builds of Blender?

Are you ready to go on a little techy adventure and explore some unknown territories in Blender? Sometimes, sticking with the stable version (the one we all know and love) is great, but did you ever want to sneak a peek behind the curtain and see what’s coming up next in Blender? Well, strap in, because we’re going to explore the Alpha and Beta versions together!

What’s Up with Alpha and Beta Versions Anyway?

When we go to download Blender, usually we get the current and stable version. It’s like the trustworthy, well-tested toy that everyone loves! 🚗 But sometimes, our curiosity might nudge us to check out the newer, not-yet-finished versions, known as Alpha and Beta builds. Imagine these like toys still in the testing phase, full of surprises! 🎁🎉

These versions are the playgrounds where Blender Developers try out new things every single day! It’s like a sneak peek into what might come in the future, with all the experiments and new features they worked on that day. 🛠️🧪

A Friendly Word of Caution: Adventure with Care!

But wait, an important note to keep in mind, explorer buddies: Alpha and Beta versions of Blender are like wild jungles – thrilling, but can be unpredictable! 🌿🐍 Crashes, unexpected surprises, or even data loss could happen since these versions are still in the experiment stage.

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So, embark on this adventure at your own risk, and maybe don’t bring your most important creations into this wild territory. Always keep your treasured works safe in the stable version! 🗝️🛡️

Discovering Add-On Adventures

(Oh, it seems like the text got cut off here. Were you going to mention something about add-ons in Blender? Don’t worry, we’ll pick up from here next time!)

Can’t wait to dive more into the wondrous world of Blender together! Whether we’re sticking with the classic or exploring the new, our creativity knows no bounds! 🎨🌌 What new worlds shall we create next, friends? The universe is our playground! 🚀🪐

What is the Difference Between Blender Alpha and Blender Beta?

Let’s chat a bit about something cool: the Alpha and Beta versions of Blender. Imagine you’ve invented two new ice cream flavors. One is a wild, experimental flavor where you’re just trying all sorts of wild stuff (that’s like the Alpha). The other is pretty much ready, but you’re letting a few close friends try it out first to make sure it’s just perfect (that’s our Beta). 🍦🧪

A. All About That Alpha Adventure 🚀🔮

The Alpha Build of Blender is where the devs (short for developers) are just letting their creativity run wild! It’s like the experimental kitchen where they try out all their wild and wacky ideas. Some of these features might stick around, while others might just be a fun experiment. And it’s usually a few steps ahead in terms of versions compared to the stable Blender we use day-to-day.

B. Bouncing into the Beta Build 🎉🔍

On the flip side, the Beta Build is like the almost-ready-for-the-party version. The devs have a pretty good idea of what features they’re going to release next, and they’re just making sure everything works smoothly. They’re tweaking, adjusting, and polishing up, ensuring the next version is a smooth ride for all of us! 🎢💼

How to Download the Alpha Version or Beta Version of Blender

Ready to step into the future and try out what’s coming up in Blender? Buckle up, because I’m going to guide you through snagging the Alpha or Beta versions from the official Blender website!

A. Navigating to the “Builds” Area 🗺️🖱️

First, cruise on over to Blender’s download page. Once there, you’ll spot a section on the top menu labeled “Builds.” Give that a click and welcome to the “Daily Builds” area, where all the experimental action happens!

B. Choosing Your Creative Path 🛤️💡

Now, here’s where things get exciting! In this area, you’ll see a bunch of different versions that the Blender devs are currently cooking up. You’ll need to pick your operating system first (like Windows, MacOS, or Linux) to make sure you get the right flavor of Blender for your computer. 🖥️🍇

You’ll see stuff like Long Term Support (LTS) versions (the reliable, steady ones), and possibly something called a Release Candidate (a Beta version that’s just about ready to shine). And of course, something like “Blender 3.4.0 Alpha” which is our sneak peek into the future of Blender.

C. Download, Unzip, and Dive In! 🎁🗂️

Spot the version you want to try? Awesome! Click on the highlighted link next to the build you’re curious about, and it will download as a .Zip file into your download folder. 📥💫 Once it’s done, unzip that digital treasure and explore the new horizons of Blender!

And always remember, pals, these versions are like daily adventures – with new tweaks and changes happening all the time. So every day might bring a slightly different creative journey! 🌅🚂 Ready to explore together? Let’s create something amazing! 🎨🚀

Install an Experimental Build of Blender

Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is diving into the unknown, exploring new worlds, and basically having a blast in Blender’s experimental versions! Excited? Me too! So, let’s get our explorer hats on and figure out how to step into this wild, wonderful world of experimental Blender builds together! 🎩🚀

Extracting & Exploring: Your First Steps into the Unknown! 📂🔎

After you’ve got your downloaded zip folder (from our previous adventure of downloading the Alpha or Beta versions), the first thing we’ll do is extract it. Picture this like opening a surprise box full of all sorts of exciting new tools to play with! 🎁🔧

Choose where you’d like to extract it on your computer – it could be anywhere you like! Remember, this is a temporary version of Blender, kind of like a pop-up shop for trying out new things. 🛍️🎉

Opening Up Your New Toy Box 🧸🚪

When we peek inside the extracted folder, oh look! There’s a bunch of files in there! Two that might catch your eye are the Blender.exe and Blender-Launcher.exe files. Both of them will open up our experimental version of Blender, though there might be some tiny technical differences between them. (Kind of like different doors leading to the same magical castle! 🏰✨)

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Taking the Experimental Blender for a Spin 🎡🎮

Now, click on one of those .exe files and voila! Welcome to the experimental version of Blender! 🥳🍾

Don’t worry – if you already have the stable version of Blender on your computer, it’s not going anywhere. It’ll stay right there as your default Blender app. These experimental builds are like a fun, temporary playground where you can try out all the new and exciting things without disturbing your regular setup. 🎠🗝️

Tinkering Around with Future Features 🛠️🔮

Alright, now that we’re in, you’re free to explore to your heart’s content! Feel like trying out those cool new tools and features in the Alpha version? Go for it! Want to get cozy with the almost-ready features in the Beta version? Absolutely, the floor is yours!

It’s like having a time machine where you can see what Blender’s got cooking up next! 🕰️👨‍🍳 Whatever path you choose, it’s a fun chance to peek into the future and get a lil’ head start on learning the new features coming to Blender. 🚗💨

Let’s Get Creative & Have Fun Together! 🎉🎨

In case you need it, here’s that link to the official download page for Blender again: Blender.org/Download. Dive in, play around, and most importantly, have fun creating! 🌊👾 And as always, stay beautifully creative, my friends. Can’t wait to see what magical worlds we’ll create together next! 🌌🎇

Wrapping Up Our Blender Adventure 🎀🌅

Oh wow, dear creative adventurers, what a journey we’ve been on together, right?! 🚀🎨 From exploring the regular stable versions of Blender to bravely diving into the experimental realms of Alpha and Beta builds, we’ve tinkered, explored, and most importantly, learned together! 💻🌍

Reflections and Forward Glances 🪞🔮

We’ve stepped into the future, peeked at the new tools and features coming our way, and even gotten our hands a little bit dirty (digitally speaking!) trying them out before everyone else! Isn’t it exciting being in the front seat, witnessing all the new and exciting features even before they are officially out? 🎢💖

A Toolbox of New Knowledge 🧰📘

We’ve discovered that not only can we journey through the present stable versions of Blender, but we can also time-travel to see the future developments in the Alpha and Beta builds. 🕰️👀 And guess what? Your stable Blender version remains totally undisturbed while you play in the experimental playgrounds! 🏰🛠️

Here’s to Future Creations and Explorations 🥂🚀

So here’s a big virtual high five for all the fun we’ve had and the things we’ve discovered! 🙌🎉 Thank you for being an intrepid explorer in the vast universe of Blender with me. And although our guide comes to an end here, remember: your creative journey has infinite possibilities and countless worlds to explore! 🎇🌌

Let’s continue to step boldly into the unknown, try out new things, make loads of fun mistakes, learn a heap, and above all, let’s keep creating and having fun! 🖌️🎉

Here’s to the many more adventures awaiting us in the digital realms of creation! 🌐🎊 Keep being awesome, keep exploring, and most importantly, keep unleashing that beautiful creativity of yours into the world! 🌪️🎨

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the different ways to update Blender?

There are three ways to update Blender:
  • The built-in updater in Blender,
  • Manually downloading and installing the latest version from the Blender website.
  • Using a package manager to update Blender.

2. How do I update Blender using the built-in updater?

To update Blender using the built-in updater, go to "Help" in the top menu bar, then select "Check for Updates." If there is a new version available, click "Download" and follow the prompts to install the update.

3. What do I do if the built-in updater doesn't work?

If the built-in updater doesn't work, you can download the latest version from the Blender website. Make sure to uninstall the previous version first, then install the new version.

4. How do I manually download and install the latest version from the Blender website?

To download and install the latest version of Blender from the website, go to www.blender.org/download and select your operating system. Download the appropriate version and follow the installation instructions.

5. Can I use a package manager to update Blender?

Yes, you can use a package manager to update Blender. The process will vary depending on the package manager you use and your operating system.

6. How do I ensure my current Blender projects will work with the new update?

Before updating Blender, it's important to check if your current projects are compatible with the new version. Blender usually tries to maintain backwards compatibility, but it's best to check the release notes for the new version to see if any changes could affect your projects.
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