How to Disable or Enable Automatic App Updates on Android

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As convenient as it is to have your phone automatically install app updates as they become available, there are some good reasons for wanting to install apps manually. You may want to conserve your data plan usage, for example, or you may simply want to keep tighter control over what gets installed on your Android device. Sometimes the new version of a popular app might be buggy, but there’s no easy way to revert to the old one, for example.

How to Disable or Enable Automatic App Updates on Android

How to disable automatic updates for a specific app on Android

  • Open Google Play Store.
  • Touch the hamburger icon in the top-left, and choose My apps & games. Swipe up to locate the app of your choice.
  • Alternatively, just hit the search icon, and type in the name of the app.
  • Once you’re on the app page, hit the three-dot icon in the top-right.
  • Uncheck Auto-update.

How to disable automatic updates for all apps on Android

  • Open Google Play Store.
  • Touch the hamburger icon in the top-left, swipe up and choose Settings.
  • Under General, tap Auto-update apps.
  • Choose the first option: Do not auto-update apps.

How to enable automatic updates on Android

  • Open Google Play Store.
  • Touch the hamburger icon in the top-left, swipe up and choose Settings.
  • Under General, tap Auto-update apps.
  • If you want updates over Wi-Fi only, choose the third option: Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.
  • If you want updates as and when they become available, choose the second option: Auto-update apps at any time.

Also Read: How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates on Mac