How to Turn Off / Disable Automatic Apps Update on Android


Automatic apps updating feature on Android powered device allows you to keep your installed apps up-to-date. However, this auto-updating feature may become troublesome at times. Most importantly when you are low on your data and you don’t want to exceed the free data usage limit.  Irrespective of your reason, follow this guide to know how to turn off or disable automatic apps update on Android phone and tablet.


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How to Turn Off / Disable Automatic Apps Update on Android

Since all your apps are being update through Google Play store, all you have to do is turn off auto-update apps setting under Google Play Store settings. Follow these steps to do the same.

Step 1: Find Google Play Store app on your Android device and launch / open it.

Step 2: Tap on Slide-out menu button (three horizontal lines icon) (Top left corner) (refer image below).


Step 3: Tap and select Settings from the list.


Step 4: Under Settings, tap on Auto-update apps.



Step 5: An Auto-update apps screen will pop-up, under which you would see three options to auto-update your apps and turn it off.

Step 6: Tap and select “Do not auto-update apps” option.


Once done, your Android apps will not auto-update until you update them manually or the change the settings. Other options available in auto-update settings are, ability to auto-update apps at any time over cellular or WiFi network and the ability to auto-update apps over WiFi only.

As I said earlier, to get future updates for your apps you need to update them manually. You can manually update your apps from Play Store Settings. Follow these steps to do the same.

  • Open Google Play Store app on your Android device.
  • Tap on slide-out menu button (three horizontal lines) and select My Apps from the list


  • Tap on Installed tab and select the app you wish to update


  • Alternatively, you can also tap on Update All to update app the apps at once


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