What’s the best way to update your version of Dolphin?

I searched the internet for this very question and couldn't find an answer. I wanted to know "Can I install a new version of the Dolphin emulator over the top of an old version, whilst keeping all my settings intact?"

It turns out the answer is a very simple "Yes"! Here's the process I used:

  1. Load up a web browser (I use Chrome) on my PC.
  2. Download the latest version of the Dolphin Gamecube and Wii emulator here (remember to choose the 'Android' download link)
  3. Transfer the APK file to my Nvidia Shield TV device. I have a wired network in my house so I can access the Shield's file system directly.
  4. Open up a file browser on the Android Device and locate the latest version of the Dolphin Emulator APK
  5. Select the file and choose 'install'. An Android notice will appear asking of you want to update the current version of Dolphin whilst keeping your settings.

That's all there is to it! The games and settings on your Android device will all remain the same, but you'll have successfully managed to upgrade Dolphin to the latest version!

A quirk I noticed when upgrading Dolphin to the latest version

Although the process was relatively painless, I did notice an odd issue upon first loading up the emulator.

On the old version of the Dolphin Emulator I had the 'video back end' mode set to 'Vulkan', which I believe is only available on Android devices. Upon opening the new updated version and loading a game, Dolphin brought up a notice saying something like "Couldn't create Vulkan Shaders".

My solution to this was to change the video back end to 'Open GL', then run a game, then change it back to 'Vulkan' and run the game again. After this, games ran perfectly again.

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