How to Disable Automatic Updates for Apps on Android

Did you know that you can disable automatic app updates on your smartphone in a few simple steps? In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable automatic updates for applications on your Android phone or tablet.

The automatic updates feature, also known as auto updates, is a highly useful mechanism that is commonly used in modern computer software and mobile applications. A wide range of applications from web browsers to instant messengers, and from web design software to video games, make use of the auto updating technology not only to provide the user with the most up-to-date version of the application, but also to ensure optimum security, integrity and maintainability, reducing the number of current versions to one where possible.

While the automatic updates will make your life easier for a couple of reasons such as you won't need to manually update each application and software you have installed on your device, or you won't need to worry if you are using the latest build with enhanced security features, sometimes it may also turn into an annoying thing.

For example, some apps update very frequently, which may cause interruptions while using the app or distractions via the notifications while doing something else on your phone. Other than that, you may prefer to continue using the previous version of an application because you didn't really like the features and changes the new update introduced. Especially in office software, graphic design software or photo editing apps, unexpected auto updates may render some of your files to be no longer usable or some changes you had made might disappear.

For whatever reason you may need it, the ability to disable auto updates for apps is surely a nice thing to have. Let's see how it is done now.

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Disable Automatic Updates for Android Apps

Before we begin, let me emphasize that disabling auto updates on certain apps may make them unusable or create security risks, especially the ones that you use with a personal account; therefore, only do that if you are sure about what you are doing.

STEP 1: Grab your Android smartphone or tablet and open it.

STEP 2: Open the Settings page.

The Settings page is usually on the Apps screen but it may be different based on your device model and personal preferences.

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STEP 3: On the Settings page, select More tab and then select Application Manager from the list.

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Find the application that you want to disable the automatic updates feature from the apps list in the Application Manager. There are for tabs in the Application Manager such as Downloaded, SD Card, Running and All. You will most probably find the app you are looking for within the Downloaded or SD Card tabs.

STEP 4: Tap on the app for which you will disable auto updates.

For demonstration purposes, I will use the Instagram app as an example.

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On the App Info page, you will see detailed information about the app, such as its version, storage statistics, cache and permissions. At the top of the page, you will see two buttons, Force Stop and Uninstall. Just below these buttons, there's a checkbox that says "Show notifications".

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STEP 5: Uncheck on Show notifications checkbox if it is checked.

A confirmation box will pop up asking you to confirm turning off the notifications. As it is also mentioned in the confirmation, you may miss important alerts and updates for the selected app if you turn off the notifications.

STEP 6: Tap on OK to turning off the notifications, hence disable the automatic updates.

From now on, this app will not be automatically updated whenever a new update is released by the publisher. In order to update the app, you will either turn on the notifications by checking the Show notifications checkbox or go to the app page on Google Play Store.

You may also uninstall an app if you think that you will not be using it any longer or if you need to open up some space on your Android phone or tablet.

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