How to Turn Off Auto Updates on Android

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Android device constantly updating without your consent? Auto updates can be frustrating, especially when they interrupt your work or drain your data.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn off auto updates on Android. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to disable auto updates and regain control over your device.

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store

To disable auto updates on Android, you need to access the Google Play Store settings. Tap on the Play Store app icon on your home screen or app drawer to open it.

Step 2: Access the Settings Menu

Once you’re in the Google Play Store, tap on the three horizontal lines (also known as the hamburger icon) located in the top-left corner of the screen. This will open a menu. Scroll down and select “Settings” from the list.

Step 3: Disable Auto Updates

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find “Auto-update apps.” By default, it is set to “Auto-update apps at any time.” Tap on this option.

A new dialog box will appear with three options:

  • Auto-update apps at any time: This option automatically updates all installed apps whenever there’s an update available.
  • Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only: This option restricts auto updates to when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, saving your mobile data.
  • Do not auto-update apps: This option completely disables auto updates for all apps.

To turn off auto updates completely, select “Do not auto-update apps” by tapping on it. Once selected, your Android device will no longer update apps automatically.

Step 4: Manually Update Apps

With auto updates turned off, you will need to manually update your apps to ensure you have the latest features and security patches. To do this, open the Google Play Store, tap on the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner, and select “My apps & games.”

Here, you’ll find a list of all your installed apps that have updates available. Tap on “Update” next to each app or select “Update all” to update all of them at once.

Note: It’s recommended to regularly check for app updates to keep your device secure and benefit from new features.


Turning off auto updates on Android can be a great way to take control of your device’s software updates. By following these simple steps in the Google Play Store settings, you can disable auto updates completely or limit them to Wi-Fi only. Remember to manually update your apps regularly to ensure you have the latest improvements and bug fixes.

Now that you know how to turn off auto updates on Android, enjoy a more personalized experience without unexpected interruptions!

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