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How to Turn Off Automatic App Updating on Android   

It may be convenient to always have the newest version of any app on your phone or tablet. Automatic updating has its downsides, though. When you’re going abroad with your SIM card in roaming mode, you may want your updates disabled to save your data.

Sometimes new updates bring bugs, glitches, or just redesigns you may dislike. Besides, some old versions just have smaller appetites in terms of memory and performance.

Luckily, Android has its native control tools, so you can disable automatic app updates on Android in just several taps. Here is the instruction on how to stop automatic updating on Android. The main method involves your Google Play Store, and here is more on it.

Turning Off Automatic Updates with Google Play

If your primary app source is Google Play (chances are it is), using it to prevent automatic updating is the most reasonable way. Here is how to turn off the updates.

1.     Run Google Play app. Make sure you have logged in with your Google account. Reauthorize if necessary.
2.     Tap the menu button in the upper left corner
3.     Tap “Settings” in the drop-down menu (at the bottom of the second section)
4.     Find “Auto-Update apps” and tap it
5.     Select the way of updating you prefer

It depends on your situation and your reason to turn off auto-update what to select. If your primary reason is staying within your data plan, not maxing it, then your option is “Over Wi-Fi only”. If you want to stay with stable versions of apps instead of chasing updates for their own sake, select “Don’t auto-update apps”.

You will still receive notifications about updates ready to download and install. But it will require your manual confirmation to update any particular app. We’d recommend checking reviews on the app’s page on Google Play to see whether the current version is stable enough and retaining its key features. You may skip an update if it messes things up. But the next one usually fixes most of its flaws or even all of them.

Turning Off Auto-Update for Specific Apps

If you want some specific apps to stop updating (for example, if the developers have ditched the feature you need and don’t plan to reintroduce it), you may turn off updates for these apps only. This is how it’s done with Google Play.

  1. Run Google Play on your smartphone or tablet. Check whether you have logged in.
  2. Tap the name of the app into the search box at the top of the app
  3. Select the specific app (if the request returns multiple results). Check whether it’s installed at all.
  4. Tap the three-dot button in the upper right corner.
  5. Untick the “Enable auto update” box if it’s ticked.

How to Turn Off App Auto Updates in Alternative App Stores

Though Google Play is the most serious app source, there are other stores, usually run by device manufacturers. Arguably the most popular of them is Samsung Galaxy Store. So, let’s review it as an example.

The overall process is very similar to that with Google Play. To disable auto update for apps you have installed from Galaxy Store, do the following:

  1. Run Galaxy Store app on your phone or tablet
  2. Tap the gear-shaped icon in the upper right corner to enter Settings
  3. Tap “Auto update apps” and make your choice

Disabling auto update for specific apps will also look familiar. Find the app you need with the search box. Or tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner, then tap “My apps” and select the right one from the list. On its page, tap the three-dot button in the upper right corner and untick the “Auto update” box.

It’s the same (or very much similar) with other app stores, both independent (Aptoide, GetJar, etc) or run by vendors (like Huawei or LG). Their developers usually follow the established patterns instead of reinventing the wheel. If you figure it out with one store, you’ll easily handle others.

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