How to Prevent Apps from Auto-Updating on Android

An integral part of the digital world is that it’s constantly changing and evolving.

This translates to relatively frequent updates on your apps, which can bog down your phone’s system or take up storage that you’d like to dedicate to other things. If auto updates have you feeling frustrated, why not just disable them?

A Frequent Bind

The most successful apps release updates to their software every 1-4 months. This is a minimum of 3 updates every year, but that could skew up toward a dozen updates a year—and that’s per app. If this sounds like a lot, that’s because it is; if your apps are updating automatically, you may not even realize that you’re losing storage to these new, bulkier releases. 

Don’t find yourself surprised by the updates you’re constantly finding to your apps. Instead, disable auto updates so you can pick and choose which apps you want to update. 

Controlling The Clutter

Whatever your reason for wanting to slow the constant stream of updates on your Android, you’ll be able to achieve that goal with a few simple changes to your settings. 

To keep your Play Store apps from updating, go to Google play and tap the icon in the upper left hand corner of three stacked lines. Choose settings, and then “auto-update apps.” A menu should pop up that allows you to opt out of auto updates. 

Once you’ve gone through this process, you’ll be able to pick and choose which apps update and when they do it. You should be able to have as much control as you want over your device, and disabling auto updates gives you just that.