By default, all Android Apps and Games that you have downloaded from Google Play Store are set to update automatically. These can be annoying if you’re concern about your data that is wasted from updating this apps. However, you can choose to disable automatic app updates on your Android phone.

It is true that updates are important to get the latest security patches and fixes to resolve  bugs and other app issues but it doesn’t always have to be that way. With Auto-updates, all your apps will be updated including your — “useless bloatware apps” which eats your storage. However, you can always choose which apps to update by manually updating it. With this, you can not only saves data but also saving storage space on your phone.

You don’t have to worry because turning it off is very simple and you don’t need any high level skill to do that. Just follow our guide below to stop Android apps from automatically updating.

Why bother stopping app from automatically updating?

There are advantages and disadvantages of disabling automatic app updates. To make it easy for your, we list all the pros and cons of stopping an app from automatically updating:

Advantages

  • Saves Battery from draining
  • Saves Mobile Data
  • Saves storage space which eats by useless bloatware apps
  • Full control on what apps to update

Disadvantages

  • Possibility of missing important updates
  • Do you have anything to add? Let me know on the comment section 

How to disable automatic app updates on Android?

  1. Open Play Store app then click the navigation drawer(3 parallel horizontal line)
  2. Scroll down below and choose Settings then tap Auto-update apps.
  3. Here you have 3 options to choose from(you can change this anytime). Choose Do not auto-update appsHow to Disable Automatic App Updates on Android
  4. Once you choose this, you need to manually update the apps in the future. If you don’t want to update it manually but not wasting your data, then choose Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only
  5. Be sure that you’re connected to DSL/Broadband wifi. If you’re connected to Pocket wifi, which basically runs like a mobile data but through Wi-Fi, you will loose your data bandwidth also. In short, it is not ideal to choose Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only

 

How to manually update apps in the Play Store

  1. If you choose to Do not auto-update apps, then you have to do it manually. To update apps manually, click the navigation drawer(3 parallel horizontal line)
  2. Click My apps & games. How to manually update apps in the Play Store
  3. You will be shown 3 different tabs(in my case):
    • INSTALLED – which is the list of all apps that is currently installed on your device and is broke down into 3 different categories. Updates, Recently updated and Up to date.
    • ALL – a list of all apps on your device including all apps currently install and all the past apps that was installed which is associated with the current email address
    • BETA – allows you to test beta version on an app
  4. You can always choose to update it all at once by tapping UPDATE ALL in the INSTALLED tab or you can individually update it by clicking the app and choosing UPDATE.

 

Congratulations, you successfully disable automatic app updates on your Android phone. Now, you have the freedom and control over your apps. Have a good day!