How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates on Android in 2022

Stop Apps from Automatically Updating on Android

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Turn off Automatic App Updates Using Google Play Store

You can turn off automatic updates for your Android device by using the Google Playstore application. To perform this, follow these simple steps.

  • Open Google Playstore App on your Android device.
  • Tap on your Account’s profile picture icon.
  • Open Settings.

  • Tap on Network Preferences.
  • Expand Network Preferences and tap on Auto-Update Apps.
  • Select Don’t auto-update apps and tap on done.

Congratulations. You have successfully disabled automatic app updates on your Android Phone.

Turn off updates for Apps by disabling them using ADB

An Android device often comes preloaded with certain apps that can’t be removed. These apps are called Bloatware. Bloatware apps consume more of your data by updating themselves in the background. Hence, consuming more of your valuable data costs you more money. This method uses ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to remove such apps and any updates that are associated with them. Follow these simple steps to achieve the same.

  • For this process, you need to install ADB drivers in your system and enable USB Debugging.
  • Connect your phone to the system and open the command line for adb devices.
  • Type ‘adb shell pm disable-user –user 0 <package_name>‘ where the latter is app package name.
  • You can find the package name for your app by using the “App inspector” app from Google Playstore.

  • An example of such a command to remove an app called Mi Recycle would be ‘adb shell pm disable-user –user 0 com.xiaomi.mirecycle‘.

That’s it. You have successfully disabled the app and all the updates that are linked with it.


What are App icon badges s8?

One of the features on Android that’s requested frequently, particularly by anyone who’s used an iPhone, is notification badges on app icons. That means that as notifications for that app pile up, a small circle with a number indicating the amount of unread notifications is placed on its icon.

How do I get rid of notification bubbles on Android?

Open the Settings app and go to Apps & Notifications. Go to Notifications>Notifications. Tap the app you want to enable or disable. The app’s Notifications screen will have its own dedicated Allow icon badge switch.

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 Update Android OS Manually?

The latest updates carry bug fixes and security updates which are essential for the safety of your phone. If you decide to disable the “Automatic system updates”, it is advised to manually update the system regularly. The following is the procedure.

  • Open “Settings” and tap on “System” in the menu.
  • Select “System update” in the following menu.
  • The next screen will show the status of your system. It will show the current version of your Android. If it is already updated, it will display “Your system is up to date”. There is a blue button “Check for update” to check if any new update is available for your system. If an update is available, it will display, and you can update the system.
Update Android OS Manually
Update Android OS Manually

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates for Google Play Apps?

You might not be against having your Android OS receive regular updates. But when it comes to auto-updates for apps, that’s a different story. How many apps have you downloaded from the Play Store? All apps have regular updates, and the most popular issue them quite frequently.

While some users don’t see a problem with that, others find themselves confused every time they receive a notification that their device has low storage, or their mobile data is running low.

With Android apps, manual updates are often the more prudent solution. Here’s how you can set that up on your device:

  1. On your Android device, launch the Play Store app.Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner of the screen.Now, select “Settings” followed by &ld
  3. Now, select “Settings” followed by “Auto-update apps.”From the pop-up screen, select the “Don&rsqu
  4. From the pop-up screen, select the “Don’t auto-update apps” option.Tap on “Done.”
  5. Tap on “Done.”

That’s all there is to it. From that moment on, you will need to update your apps manually. That means checking the Play Store from time to time to see if any new versions of the app are available.

Keep in mind that it’s not uncommon for users to forget about this and find themselves experiencing issues with an app, unaware that there’s an update that can fix the problem.

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 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.

How Do I Turn on Automatic Updates on Android?

If you want to turn automatic updates back on, the process is near identical. Here's what to do.

  1. On your Android phone, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Software Update.

  3. Tap the gear cog.

  4. Tap Auto Download & Install.

  5. Tap Wi-Fi to enable automatic updates via Wi-Fi only or tap Wi-Fi and Cellular/Mobile to enable updates when you have any form of data connection.

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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.