How to stop automatic app updates on your Android device

How to stop Automatic App Updates for all apps

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left-hand corner.Source: Android Central

  1. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Auto-update apps.
  3. Select Don’t auto-update apps.
  4. Tap Done.Source: Android Central

Once completed, your apps will no longer automatically update without your input. However, we would recommend going through the app list every once in a while and manually updating apps you regularly use. This is because developers release updates for bug fixes and add more features.

Can Android version be updated?

Normally, you will get notifications from OTA (over-the-air) when the Android Pie update is available for you. Connect your Android phone to the Wi-Fi Network. Go to Settings > About device, then tap System Updates > Check for Updates > Update to download and install the latest Android version.


How do I stop my Samsung from updating?

Select My Apps and find the Samsung Apps you want to block from auto-updating. Tap a Samsung app and in the top right hand corner you’ll see that overflow menu again. Tap this and you’ll see a check box next to Auto-update. Simply un-check this box to stop that app from updating automatically.

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates for Google Play Apps?

You might not be against having your Android OS receive regular updates. But when it comes to auto-updates for apps, that’s a different story. How many apps have you downloaded from the Play Store? All apps have regular updates, and the most popular issue them quite frequently.

While some users don’t see a problem with that, others find themselves confused every time they receive a notification that their device has low storage, or their mobile data is running low.

With Android apps, manual updates are often the more prudent solution. Here’s how you can set that up on your device:

  1. On your Android device, launch the Play Store app.Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner of the screen.Now, select “Settings” followed by &ld
  3. Now, select “Settings” followed by “Auto-update apps.”From the pop-up screen, select the “Don&rsqu
  4. From the pop-up screen, select the “Don’t auto-update apps” option.Tap on “Done.”
  5. Tap on “Done.”

That’s all there is to it. From that moment on, you will need to update your apps manually. That means checking the Play Store from time to time to see if any new versions of the app are available.

Keep in mind that it’s not uncommon for users to forget about this and find themselves experiencing issues with an app, unaware that there’s an update that can fix the problem.

How to Turn Off Auto Updates on Mobile Data?

When it comes to Android system updates, you don’t have to worry about auto-updates when you’re using mobile data. Unless you download the software manually, Android won’t push them on your device.

However, as far as apps go, you do have the option only to receive auto-updates if you’re using Wi-Fi. This is the middle ground between not having any control over your apps’ updates and forgetting to update them from time to time. Here’s what you need to do only to receive app auto-updates when connected to Wi-Fi:

  1. Open the Play Store on your Android device.Tap on the “Auto-update apps” option.
  2. Tap on the “Auto-update apps” option.Select “Over Wi-Fi only.”
  3. Select “Over Wi-Fi only.”Tap on “Done.”
  4. Tap on “Done.”

Now, you don’t have to worry about any app you have using up all your mobile data ever again. To reverse this, follow the same steps and select the “Over any network” option.

How Do I Stop Android Apps From Automatically Updating?

If your issue is with your Android apps automatically updating, here's how to stop them from doing so. 

  1. On your Android phone, tap Google Play Store.

  2. Tap your Google account profile picture.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Network Preferences.

  5. Tap Auto-Update apps.

  6. Tap Don't auto-update apps.

  7. Tap Done.

How to manually update apps in the Play Store

1. If you’ve told the Play Store not to auto-update apps, you’ll have to do it manually. To manually update an app, you must go to My apps & games in Google Play, open the navigation drawer and select it (from the 3-bar button next to the search bar).

 You can manually update one app at a time or all
You can manually update one app at a time or all at once. / © NextPit

2. You will be shown a tab view of your apps: the ones currently installed on your device and a master list of every app you’ve ever downloaded. In the Installed list, you’ll see the apps are broken up into categories: Updates, Recently updated and Up-to-date. 

3. Apps with updates available are listed at the top. You can choose to install them one at a time or all of them with the Update All button at the top. 

Do you have any other tricks for managing your app updates? Share your best tips in the comments.

Turn Off Developer options

If, for any reason, you want to turn off “Developer options” on your phone, then follow the steps given below.

  • Open “Developer options”.
  • The first option is “Use developer options” with a switch button in front of it.
  • Turn it off and go back to the “System” menu.
  • The “Developer options” will disappear from the menu indicating it is disabled now.
Disable Developer Options
Disable Developer Options

How to Stop Auto-Updates on Android Phones

In order to stop auto-updates and control when and how your cell phone updates, you must first turn off auto-updates.

If you’re on an Android phone, you’re probably running the latest operating system (OS) called Pie. These instructions to stop auto-updates assume that is the case. Even if you aren’t running Pie, the steps outlined here can be used as a general guide to help you turn off auto updates.

Updating your auto-update settings can also be phone specific, but again, these instructions will provide a basic framework from which to start with.

How to Stop your Phone from Auto-Updating its OS:

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your screen to reveal the quick settings menu.
  2. Tap the cog (also called ‘gear’) icon, which is usually in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap “Software Update” from the list of options.
  4. Deselect “Download updates automatically”.
  5. Make sure all options are deselected.

How to Stop your Google Play Store Apps from Auto-Updating:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. On the upper left side of the screen, tap the menu icon.
  3. Tap “Settings”.
  4. Tap “Auto-update apps”.
  5. Tap “Don’t auto-update apps”.
  6. Tap “Done”.

Why Do I Keep Getting System Updates Android?

As with any technology, Android phones often receive regular updates, especially when they're relatively new. System updates mean your Android operating system is up to date while app updates mean your apps are up to date. This can mean new features or security boosters, or simply enjoying a more bug-free experience than before. 

Disable Automatic OS Update in Android

The following process is for Google Pixel 3a running Android 12. It is anticipated that the procedure should be similar for other phones running Android 12. It, however, depends on the manufacturer of the phone.

Turn on ‘Developer options’

The feature to enable or disable automatic system updates is in the “Developer options” in Android settings. By default, Google disables “Developer options” in Android, and you need to manually enable this feature. If it is already enabled on your phone, you can skip this step and move on to next section.

Warning: Enabling the “Developer options” gives you access to some advanced options. If you misuse these options, it may damage the operations of your phone and can cause your phone to behave weirdly. Though this is an easy process, do it at your own risk.

Follow the given steps to enable the “Developer options” on your Android phone.

  • Open “Settings”, scroll down to find “About phone” label and tap on it.
  • On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom and you will find a label named “Build number”.
  • Tap “Build number” seven times and you will see a pop-up message while tapping.
  • The system will ask you to enter a PIN, pattern, or password, whatever you have set on your phone.
  • Again, open “Settings” and then tap “System” in the menu list.
  • Scroll down, and you will see “Developer options” in the list.
  • You now have access to “Developer options”.
Enable Developer Options
Enable Developer Options

Make it Convenient

Choosing when to update also means that you can do so when it is most convenient for you. We recommend choosing a time when you won’t need your phone for about an hour. You’ll also need a few minutes extra to restart your phone after the update.

How to Schedule Auto-Updates on your Phone

When programming your phone to run automatic updates at a specified time, we recommend choosing a time when you won’t need your phone for about an hour.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your screen to reveal the quick settings menu
  2. Tap the cog (also called ‘gear’) icon, which is usually in the upper right corner
  3. Tap “Scheduled update”
  4. Toggle “Scheduled software updates” to On
  5. Select the time you would like your phone to run its auto updates.

Tip: Restart your phone to ensure all updates are activated.


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