Issues Updating Xamarin in Visual Studio

Jul 10, 2016 No Comments by

Just a quick note to hopefully help prevent a major time-suck in updating the Xamarin components in Visual Studio. Scenario: you open up your Xamarin project in Visual Studio, and a notification appears in your system tray saying that there is a Xamarin for Visual Studio update available, and to “click here” to install it. You click, but nothing happens.

After running into this situation, I did the obligatory googling and saw that there was a Xamarin bug from earlier this year which now has a status of Confirmed Fixed. It doesn’t appear so in either of the 2 machines I am using, one of which has been updated since this bug was logged. The bug entry did, however, describe a workaround: In Visual Studio, go to Tools -> Options -> Xamarin -> Other -> Check Now.

That’s it. Your update will start downloading. Now, hopefully this will take care of another issue related to me not being able to connect to my Mac agent so I can debug/deploy from Visual Studio to my iPhone.

Hope this helps someone from going down a rabbit hole…

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