Tuesday, March 5, 2019

How to Turn off Automatic Updates of Apps on Mobile?

As the number of apps installed on our phones and tablets continues to grow, it can become quite cumbersome to keep them all up to date. Most times, app developers push out updates for ‘bug fixes’, and that doesn’t really need your attention.
You’ve got better things to do with your life, like spending all the time watching cat videos on YouTube, or binge-watching the next season of your favourite show on Netflix. And there’s this thing called work, too. That’s why on Android, the default instruction for Google Play is to auto-update apps over Wi-Fi networks.

Sometimes though, you don’t want apps to move onto their latest available version, for a number of reasons: it could be a kink that breaks support, or an unfavourable new feature. Unlike the Apple App Store, the Play Store offers much more granular control over what apps are allowed to auto-update, and the ones that aren’t.

iOS (iPhone & iPad)

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Tap on iTunes & App Store.
  3. Under the section titled Automatic Downloads, you’ll see an item called Updates.
  4. Tap on the toggle switch to turn it off so that it goes from green to gray. 
  5. If it’s already gray, then the setting is already changed and there’s nothing you need to do further.
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Once the above settings are applied, then onwards any app updates won’t automatically download and install on your iPhone or iPad, but you will have to open up the App Store every time and check for app updates.


By default, Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store are automatically updated.

To turn updates on or off, follow these steps:
  1. Open Google Play.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-left.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Auto-update apps.
  5. To disable automatic app updates, select Do not auto-update apps.
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