Nowadays, our smartphones remain flooded with apps and these apps are subject to frequent updates which directly consume significant data of your internet pack. Apps developers always work to make their apps more user-friendly by adding more and more features and also they do slog over to make their apps bug free. Many apps developers update their apps very frequently which become annoying for their users. It’s always recommended that you should keep your mobile apps up to date. But sometimes some app updates may be ignored for example if developer has added a new feature and that’s useless for you then you can ignore that. To control your Android app updates, you’ll have to turn off automatic app updates.
All Android phones let their users to turn on or off automatic updates. As mentioned earlier, one should always opt automatic updates because this way your mobile apps remain bug free. However, in certain cases, users can disable automatic updates on Android phones for example if you’re on metered connection then to save your data, you can turn off automatic updates. Also, Android phones come with some pre-installed apps that most of us barely use. Since these apps come pre-installed due to which you cannot uninstall them. However, you can stop them from updating.
To keep your mobile apps up-to-date, Google by default keeps auto-update feature ‘On’. However, if your want to disable this feature then I’ll help you do so. If somehow you’ve disabled auto-update apps feature then I’ll also show you how to re-enable it. So let’s see how to turn on or off automatic updates on Android phones. For your information, you can turn off automatic updates for a specific app or for all apps, or vice versa.
Here are some important points you should know before disabling/enabling auto updates:
- If you’re on metered connection then to save your internet data you can disable automatic updates.
- Instead of disabling auto updates for all apps, you should disable auto updates for apps that bother you most.
- If you don’t update your mobile apps then your important phone data may be compromised.
- You’ll not be able to use latest features of the apps and sometimes you’ll not be able to use the app for example if you want to use WhatsApp then you’ll have to keep it updated.
- If you’re on unlimited data then there’s no sense in disabling automatic app updates.
- Always keep banking apps and the like apps updated.
How to turn off automatic updates for a specific app
If you’re going to disable automatic updates due to a single app then instead of disabling updates for all apps, disable automatic updates for a specific app that bothers you most. Let me show you how to disable updates for a specific app.
Open Google Play Store and then tap on hamburger icon in the top-left corner and then tap on “My apps and games”.
There you can see all installed apps. Now, swipe down and select an app to stop automatic updates for that.
On the next page, touch three dots appearing in the top-right corner.
Uncheck the box front of ‘Enable auto-update’.
That’s it. You’ve successfully disabled auto update for your selected app. You can repeat the process to disable updates for other apps. Now the app will not update automatically, however, you can manually update that by heading to “My apps and games” section.
How to disable automatic updates for all apps
To completely disable automatic updates for all apps, open Google app store and touch hamburger icon and swipe down and tap on settings.
Under General tab, you will see ‘Auto-update apps’ option. Touch that option and choose ‘DO not auto-update apps.’
Ta da! You’ve successfully turned off automatic updates on your Android phone. Now, you’ll have to update apps manually. To update apps manually, tap on hamburger icon and touch ‘My apps and games’, there you can update apps manually.
How to enable automatic updates for all apps
I strongly recommend it. If you want to keep your data secure then keep all of your mobile apps up-to-date. If a developer finds a security bug then he/she promptly updates his/her app so his/her users’ data will not be compromised. Developer does his/her job but if you don’t update your app timely then it would not be developer’s mistake. Note: If you’re on unlimited data connection then there’s no sense in disabling auto-updates feature.
To re-enable automatic updates, open Google Play Store and touch hamburger icon and swipe down and tap on settings.
Under General tab, tap on ‘Auto-update apps’ option and choose your preferred option (see screenshot 5 and 6). If you’ll choose ‘Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only’ then only Wi-Fi connection will be used to update your apps. Similarly, if you choose ‘Auto-update apps at any time’ then phone will use Wi-Fi or mobile data, whichever available, to update your apps.