How to Turn Off Auto Update on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to turn off auto-update on your Android device. Auto-updates can be convenient for keeping your apps up to date with the latest features and bug fixes.

However, they can also consume your data and drain your battery life if not managed properly. If you prefer to have more control over when and how your apps are updated, follow the steps below to disable auto-update.

Step 1: Open Google Play Store

To begin, locate and launch the Google Play Store app on your Android device. The Google Play Store is where you download and update apps on your smartphone or tablet.

Step 2: Access the Settings

Once you have opened the Google Play Store, tap on the three horizontal lines at the top-left corner of the screen to open a side menu. From this menu, select “Settings” using either a single tap or by scrolling down until you find it.

Step 3: Open Auto-Update Options

Scroll down in the Settings menu until you find “Auto-update apps”. Tap on this option to proceed.

Step 4: Choose Your Update Preference

You will now see three options for auto-updating apps:

  • Over any network: This option allows apps to update automatically using both Wi-Fi and mobile data connections. It is recommended if you have an unlimited data plan or prefer to always have the latest versions of your apps.
  • Over Wi-Fi only: With this option selected, your apps will only update automatically when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

    This is useful if you want to conserve mobile data or have a limited data plan.

  • Do not auto-update apps: This option completely disables auto-updates. Apps will only update when you manually initiate the process through the Google Play Store.

Select the option that best suits your needs. For this tutorial, choose “Do not auto-update apps” to turn off auto-updates entirely.

Step 5: Confirm Your Selection

A confirmation dialog will appear on your screen, explaining the implications of turning off auto-updates. Read through the information and tap “OK” to confirm your selection.

Step 6: Enjoy Manual App Updates

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off auto-updates on your Android device. From now on, apps will only update when you manually trigger the update process through the Google Play Store.

If you ever change your mind and want to re-enable auto-updates, simply follow the same steps outlined above and choose either “Over any network” or “Over Wi-Fi only” in Step 4.

By disabling auto-updates, you have gained more control over your device’s data usage and battery life. Additionally, manual app updates allow you to review any changes or new features before updating, ensuring a more personalized app experience.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in showing you how to turn off auto-update on your Android device!

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