How to Stop Automatic App Updates on Android

How to stop automatic app updates on your Android device
How to stop automatic app updates on your Android device

You hear the alert on your Android that your app has been updated. That is because your phone automatically updates the apps even without your knowledge.

App updates within the Google Play Store are a fact of life for Android users. There is no harm in the updates, but there is also no good.

It takes out an extra battery from your phone as the update is running in the background of your phone. Also, you don’t need that app update, or you use that app not so often or are no longer interested.  

Or maybe you like the app, but it gets updated behind your back, and you do not know what new features they have.

Stop Automatic App Updates

So, how can you stop the updates from running automatically? It is pretty easy, and you can turn them off by yourself.

Just follow a few simple steps below, and you’ll be in control of your updates quickly.

The easiest way to turn off automatic app updates on your device is to use the phone’s software. This should work for both Lollipop and Marshmallow users.

  • The first thing to do is to open the “Play Store” app on your device.
  • Next, you will find a box containing three parallel lines following the search field. Click on it.
  • The menu should now appear. Now tap on the “Settings” option.
  • Next, tap the “auto-update apps” option in the “general” section.
  • Here, you will have a range of options. Choose “do not auto-update apps.”
App Updates
App Updates

That’s it. You have done.

You don’t need to choose to disable the updates on your Android. It is your choice. If you think you can do with it, then at least check the alert when your app gets updated so that you may not know you may find something useful that can even enhance your device or any utility feature.

If you have not set notifications for App updates, click the “notifications” option on the “settings menu.” Making things easier is in your hands.

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How to Disable Auto-Updates for Particular Apps

How to Disable Auto-Updates for Particular Apps
How to Disable Auto-Updates for Particular Apps

If you want to disable automatic updates for only specific apps and leave them enabled for the rest, follow the steps shown above, select the Over any network option and then do the following:

  • Reopen the Play Store and tap your profile picture on the top right.
  • Go to Manage apps and devices.
  • Tap the Manage tab to see all your installed apps.
  • Open the app you want to disable automatic updates on.
  • Tap the three-dot button on the top right of the app’s description screen.
  • Uncheck the box next to the Enable auto-update.
  • Go back and repeat these steps on all apps you want to disable automatic updates on.

Why Disable Automatic Updates?

Why Disable Automatic Updates?
Why Disable Automatic Updates?

Disabling automatic updates has its benefits, but you should consider the potential disadvantages. You’ll save on your mobile data usage, review app changes before updating apps, save on storage space, and be able to use discontinued app features.

However, it would be best to keep automatic updates turned on—at least over Wi-Fi only—for two critical reasons: quickly receiving fixes to bugs and vulnerabilities and getting the latest app features as soon as they are available.

If you decide to turn off auto-updates, it would be a good idea to check and update your apps manually regularly. You could do this daily, weekly, or even monthly.

The shorter the period, the better because it means quicker fixes to bugs and app vulnerabilities.

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