How To Disable Automatic App Updates In Android, iOS

Updating apps is necessary in order to make them work properly in the long term. However, updating all apps at once consumes a lot of data. Unless you have an unlimited data plan never update apps with your mobile data. You should rather prefer a WiFi network to update apps on your device. However, on mobile devices, the automatic app update is turned on by default in order to keep your apps updated.

Therefore it’s better to keep the app updates notification on and disable the automatic updates of apps. So if you are looking to turn off auto-update of apps on your smartphone then you have landed on the right place. As in this article, we are going to explain how you can disable automatic app updates in Android and iPhone.

Disable Automatic Update Of Apps In Android

Android has provided a feature to disable automatic app updates in Play Store which you can find on every Android-powered device. Follow the below steps to achieve the same:

1. Open Play Store. Now tap on the hamburger icon on the top left side. Next tap on Settings.

Play Store settings

2. On the next screen, tap on “Auto-update apps”.

auto update apps on Android

3. Choose “Don’t auto-update apps” to disable the apps from updating automatically.

Disable auto update apps on Android

With this, the auto-update is disabled for all apps on your Android device. You can simply turn ON the updates in the future following the same steps.

Now, what if someone wants to disable auto-update for specific apps only? Well in order to disable specific apps from updating you will have to manually disable each app. You can follow the method shown below to do the same.

Disable Automatic Updates For Specific Apps In Android

1. Open the Google Play Store on your Phone. Tap on the hamburger icon at the top left corner and select My apps & games.

my apps and games

2. Now, go to the INSTALLED tab. Then select the app that you don’t wish to update automatically.

installed apps on Android

3. After that, tap on the three dots icon at the top right corner. Now uncheck the Enable auto-update box to disable it from updating automatically.

disable specific apps from updating automatically

Note: Before disabling specific apps from updating, make sure the auto-update is enabled for all apps.

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Turn Off Automatic App Updates In iPhone

If you are an iPhone user then you can easily stop iOS apps from automatically updating. Below goes the steps:

1. Open Settings on your iOS device. Next, tap on iTunes & App Store.

iTunes and App Store option

2. A screen will open, there you can see an option for Updates. You can turn that OFF to stop the automatic updates of apps.

turn off automatic app updates on iPhone

If you want to enable updates in the future then you can follow the similar steps and toggle the Updates switch to ON.

Enable Auto-Update Of Apps Over WiFi Only

Other than disabling apps from auto-update you can restrict them to update automatically only over WiFi. By doing so, your apps will not update on cellular data but whenever you connect to a WiFi network they will start updating automatically. This will save you from additional data charges on your cellular network. If you want to allow the apps to auto-update over WiFi then you can follow the methods shown below.

On Android

1. Open Play Store and tap on the hamburger icon at the top left corner. Now select settings from the menu.

Play Store settings

2. After that, tap on App download preference and select Over Wi-Fi only as your preference and tap on DONE.

update apps over wifi only

Now your apps will update only when you are connected to a WiFi network.

On iOS

1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Scroll down and select iTunes & App Store.

iTunes and App Store option

2. Under iTunes & App Store, make sure Use Mobile Data is turned OFF. This will allow automatic updates to download over WiFi only.

restrict automatic updates of apps to WiFi only on iPhone

Now the apps on your iPhone will be updated only when you are connected to a WiFi network.

Pros and Cons Of App Updates

Just like anything, updating apps has its Pros and Cons, and one must know them before actually updating apps on their smartphones. So lets quickly have a look at some Pros and Cons of updating apps before concluding the article.

Pros

1. If there are bugs in the current version of the app you are using then an update might help you rectify it.

2. Some essential new feature gets added to your app if you update it on a regular basis.

3. For better UI (User Interface), developers keep on rolling new updates on a regular basis so that the app becomes more user-friendly.

Cons

  1. The size of the app increases and takes more space on your device.

2. The app might work slower than the previous version, especially if you have a low RAM device.

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Conclusion

Regardless of its pros and cons updating apps on a regular basis is very important in order to use these apps properly. However, it doesn’t mean that you should go out of the way and update apps over your cellular data. As now you know how to disable automatic app updates or update apps over WiFi only on both iOS and Android devices.

Akshay Thapliyal
Akshay Thapliyal is the Co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into the strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on:

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hmmmmm….. that doesnt stop asking WhatsApp for installing Updates. It’s extremly boring as denying takes a lot time till WA opens the Chat-Screen and this nearly daily WA-Updates also suck….

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