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How to Stop Apps from Updating Automatically on Android

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Stop Apps from Updating Automatically on Android

Our phones have become an extension of ourselves, they not only store our contacts but we also use them to access social networks, email, websites and our favorite applications with incredible ease. This is precisely why smartphones are becoming increasingly complex and require updating processes that, though useful, can be very annoying and consume a lot of data when initiated at an inappropriate moment. Is that a good description of what happens to you? If you are tired of unwelcome updates discover how to stop apps from updating automatically on Android in just a few simple steps and choose when they should update.

Steps to follow:
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Stopping apps from updating automatically and instead defining when we want this to happen is very important when trying to limit the use of our mobile data as automatic updates can occur at any time, regardless of whether we are connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, it is important that we keep the apps that we have installed on our phone updated to ensure the device operates properly, do not forget that updates help improve aspects such as safety or app performance.

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To disable automatic updates the first step you should take is to select the Play Store icon and once in it press the 3 stripes found in the upper left corner to access the 'settings' section.

How to Stop Apps from Updating Automatically on Android - Step 2
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Then scroll right down the panel to 'Settings' to customize the updating of applications on your Android device. In settings, choose the first option which reads 'automatically update', when inside you can select the most appropriate configuration.

How to Stop Apps from Updating Automatically on Android - Step 3
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If you do not want applications to update automatically in any scenario then you must choose the first option, however it would be best to choose the third alternative that allows updates on your smartphone only when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Like so you will keep your apps up to date without the need to use up your data subscription.

If you want to avoid updates and free up some space on your smartphone then read our article on how to delete default apps from Android phones to have more memory by getting rid of the ones you do not use.

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