How to disable auto-update apps on Android

How to disable auto-update apps on Android

How to disable auto-update apps on Android

March 11th


Decide for yourself when to install updates, and when you can wait.
Photo by Sergey Pochekutov

Sergey Pochekutov

How to disable auto-update apps on Android


By default, Android games and programs are automatically updated. As soon as the smartphone connects to Wi‑Fi, the system checks for updates for all applications and starts installing them.

The problem is that on weak devices, background refresh greatly affects performance. Yes, and the latest version may be worse than the previous one – you definitely saw such complaints among user reviews.

In addition, not only applications, but also the system itself can install updates. And if you want to control this process, disable Android auto-update in the settings.

How to disable auto-update apps on Android

Launch the Play Market app. Click on your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen and go to “Settings”.

Choose General → Notifications. Make sure update notification is turned on. If this is not the case, then you will only know about the new version of the application by opening its page on Google Play.

Then go back to “Settings” and go to the “Auto-update apps” section. Select “Disable” and click “Finish”.

It is not necessary to opt out of automatic updates for all programs – you can change the function for individual applications. Click on your profile icon and in the menu that appears, click “App & device management”. Open the Manage tab and select the app for which you want to turn off auto-update. Click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and uncheck “Auto-Update”.

If you turn off automatic updates for individual applications, leave the Play Market settings set to “Only via Wi‑Fi” so that other games and programs download updates on their own.

How to manually update apps on Android

If you have turned on update notifications in the Play Market settings, then after receiving the notification, it will be enough to click on it to open the application page and see what the new version offers. Agree with the installation – click “Update”.

You can check for updates yourself through the Play Market application. In the “App and device management” section there is an item “Updates available”, which collects all updates ready for download.

You can update all games and programs at once, or select individual applications and install their new versions gradually.

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