How to turn off auto updates for apps and games on Android

Turn off automatic app updates

Start by opening the Play Store app. Next, tap the slide-out menu button in the upper left corner, as denoted by three horizontal lines, then tap Settings. On the settings screen, tap Auto-update apps.

On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to allow apps to automatically receive updates over Wi-Fi, whether you want to allow apps to update at any time, or whether you want to manually install all updates. For the sake of this how-to, we want to turn off auto-updates altogether, so go ahead and tap “Do not auto-update apps.”

Don’t update those apps!

Don’t update those apps!

At this point, the Auto-update apps option picker screen will close, taking you back to the main Google Play Settings screen. Tap your Android device’s back button to return to the Play Store’s home screen (it may be a hardware or onscreen button, depending on your device).


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

How do I turn off Android update notification?

Removing the system software update notification icon

  1. From your Home screen, tap the Application screen icon.
  2. Find and tap Settings > Apps & notifications > App info.
  3. Tap the menu (three vertical dots), then tap Show system.
  4. Find and tap Software update.
  5. Tap Storage > CLEAR DATA.

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.

Select Postpone mode

If you want to pause updates for an app, you can select the Postpone mode for that app. When using the Postpone mode, the app will not be automatically updated during 90 days after it first became out of date. After this 90-day period, the latest available version of the app is automatically installed with the default update behavior (as outlined above). After the app is updated to the latest available version, a new 90-day postponement period will begin the next time the developer publishes a new version of the app. The Postpone mode does not prevent your users from manually updating the app. During the 90-day postponement period, your users can manually update the app by visiting the Google Play Store on their devices. Here’s an illustrative example of expected update behavior when using the Postpone mode: May 1 The app is up to date on the device. Installed version: 1.0 Latest available version: 1.0 May 2 The developer publishes a new version (2.0). The 90-day period starts and will finish on July 31. Installed version: 1.0 Latest available version: 2.0 June 6 The developer publishes a new version (3.0). Installed version: 1.0 Latest available version: 3.0 July 11 The developer publishes a new version (4.0). Installed version: 1.0 Latest available version: 4.0 July 31 The 90-day period ends, the app is added to the update queue and will be automatically updated according to the default update behavior, once the constraints are met. Installed version: 1.0 Latest available version: 4.0 August 1 The constraints are met and therefore the app is updated to the latest available version (4.0). Installed version: 4.0 Latest available version: 4.0 August 15 The developer publishes a new version (5.0). A new 90-day period starts and will finish on November 13. Installed version: 4.0 Latest available version: 5.0

Uninstalling updates on Android

Sometimes updates have bugs and after installing the update the device may not work properly. IN these times you can uninstall the update But this should be done only if necessary, this could result in deleting important data. Usually, if an update has bugs the developers release another update within a short time fixing all the bugs. So you don’t have to worry about it.

How to Turn Off Auto Updates for Specific Apps?

Another potential problem you might have is that you already have an auto-update setting for apps but you wish to disable it for one app specifically.

Apps such as Instagram and Chrome are often large, and it’s understandable that you want to approve it first. This is something you can do via the Play Store. Follow these steps to learn how to do it:

  1. Launch the Play Store app on your Android device.Search for the specific app in the search bar.
  2. Search for the specific app in the search bar.Once you find it, tap on the three vertical dots i
  3. Once you find it, tap on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen.Make sure to uncheck the auto-update box from the
  4. Make sure to uncheck the auto-update box from the list of options.

How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates on Windows Phone 8.1

Like iOS, Windows Phone 8.1 also lets you choose whether or not to update all apps, or to update them only on Wi-Fi, and not on cellular data.

  1. Open Store.

  2. Tap the three horizontal dots icon on the bottom-right.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap the switch next to Update apps automatically to turn it off.

  5. You can instead turn on Only get updates over Wi-Fi to avoid unnecessary cellular data charges.

Other factors affecting app updates

There are a few other factors that may influence the timing and speed of app updates on Android devices:

  • App release settings: Android app developers can roll out app updates gradually. As a result, an app update may initially only be available to some devices in your fleet.
  • Pending installs: App updates are queued and installed one at a time. If a device has several apps with pending updates, it may take longer than expected to install all the updates.

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

Part II. How to Disable Android OS Update Notification

So if you have finally decided you would not want any OS update notifications on your device, this section has multiple ways for you to do the task on your device. Feel free to use any method that you think is the most convenient for you.

Method 3. Turn Off Notifications for System Updates

The System Update app is what sends you notifications for any OS updates. If you disable the updates for this app on your device, you will no longer get any kind of OS update notifications on your device.

  • Turning off notifications for this app is pretty easy and the following is how you do it.

  • Head to Settings and tap on Apps & notifications.

  • Tap on three dots at the top-right corner and select Show system to show system apps.

  • Find and tap on the app that says System Update.

  • Tap on Notifications and then turn the toggle to the OFF position. It should disable the OS upgrade notifications on your Android device.



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How Do I Stop My Samsung From Automatically Updating?

To disable your Samsung smartphone from automatically updating, you can follow the same steps as above to disable or enable automatic updates.

App updates in Android

Android App updates are updates that come to each app you are using separately. These updates happen through the play store app in android. You could see these updates by going to the play store -> my apps and games. In there you could see the list of updates for each app with the size of the update. You can update all the apps once or select which apps to update. These app updates are not always necessary but to experience the latest features and to fix bugs in each app, you need to update apps frequently. While an app update is happening you can work with other apps normally.  If you are updating all apps at once, it could take a lot of space in your phone and a bit more time. If you are updating apps one by one, it could take less time for each app.

Before updating any app if you go to the google play store page of the app you can see a description of the update. It describes which are the things happening in the update after you install it.

Enable Automatic App Update Over WiFi Only

If you do like Auto App Updates, but are worried that the feature might eat through your data, you can make use of the following steps to make sure that Auto App Updates are only delivered over a WiFi connection on your Android Phone.

1. Open Google Play Store on your Android Phone and tap on the 3 line icon located at the top left corner of your screen (See image below).

2. Next tap on Settings  from the drop-down menu.

2. Next tap on Settings from the drop-down menu.

3. On the next screen, tap on Auto-update apps  op

3. On the next screen, tap on Auto-update apps option

4. From the pop-up, select the option for Auto-upd

4. From the pop-up, select the option for Auto-update apps over WiFi only.

How to Turn off Individual App Updates on Android

If you wish to disable automatic updates for certain apps but not all apps, it's possible to do so via a different route. This can be useful if you rarely use certain apps and don't need them to be up to date all the time. Here's how to do it.

  1. Tap Google Play Store.

  2. Tap your profile image.

  3. Tap Manage apps and device.

  4. Tap Manage.

  5. Tap the app you wish to change auto-update settings on.

  6. Tap the three dots in the top right corner.

  7. Untick Enable Auto-Update to disable automatic updates. 

Controlling the Updates on Your Android Device

Sometimes, it’s easier to allow automatic updates to happen and not think specifically about which apps need updating and when.

With system updates, it’s probably better not to postpone them for too long unless your device really is better off without it. However, apps are more complicated because depending on how many you have on your Android device, the auto-updating can be an ongoing process.

While you can disable the auto-updates completely, most users choose to turn off the mobile data auto-updates only. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

What is your preferred setting when it comes to auto-updates? Let us know in the comments section below.