Published on March 12th, 2015 | by Technable0
Disable android auto update
The android auto update helps keep your Smartphone with the up-to-date apps and bug fixes; however, it comes at a cost in terms of data usage and battery life.
Most people would thus prefer to disable android auto update and configure manual installations.
By default, all apps downloaded from the Google Play Store have the default update setting ‘On’. This means every time an update to a particular app is released by the developer, the user’s smart phone will automatically download it as long as the internet data access is enabled. These android auto updates happen without the user having to do a single thing. There are benefits to keep the apps up to date, sometimes it’s to get new features from the developers and other times is to fix bugs that make the phone crash or maybe the task that comes with updating every app when they are too many.
Reasons why one would want to disable android auto update
1. But as a user, there are times you may prefer disable the android auto update for some reasons, for instance you could end up spending huge amounts of data over your 3G connection due to frequent updates in areas where there is limited Wi-Fi.
2. Automatic updates means the phone will be constantly transferring data every time there is an update, these processes keeps your battery running low and having to recharge more often than you had expected.
3. Sometimes, there are updates that are released by developers that you would not want to install, maybe the new bugs fixes add more bugs, or new updates are taking more space and slowing down the phone or could be you are used to the old interface and don’t want an upgrade.
But the android OS gives the user the flexibility to choose how they want updates to be downloaded to their phones. One option is turn off all updates and manually go through and inspect each update before it’s installed whenever there is an update, another is to set the phone to download and install updates only on a Wi-Fi connection, or the option to enable updates for only specific apps – for example, a user can decide to enable updates to apps that may compromise privacy and security sensitive information.
A user can actually enable or disable android auto update at Google Play Store simply by setting the check boxes for all or selected individual apps.
How to disable android auto update
- Open Google Play.
- Slide out the left menu or Tap on the three horizontal lines on the top-left. It will give you a window with your Gmail profile.
- Scroll down and tap Settings and look for the entry labelled “Auto-update apps.”
- Tap Auto-update apps. It will give you three options, Do not auto-update app option, Auto-update apps at any time, Data charges may apply option and, Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only option
- To disable android auto updates, select ‘Do not auto-update apps’.
- If you want to instead auto-update apps only when you’re connected to a WiFi network (which is usually the default setting), tap Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.
Be sure to also check the “Notifications” option under the settings, so that when an app you have installed needs new permissions e.g permission to access location, you’ll get a notification about it in your status bar at the top of your phone.
If you want to automatically update apps selectively with the latest versions, android also lets you choose that option.
1. Go back and slide out the left menu or Tap on the three horizontal lines on the top-left. It will give you a window with you Google Gmail profile.
2. Scroll down to My apps
3. Go to your preferred app that you have installed.
4. Tap the app and go to its download page
5. Tap the Menu Key on the phone and the Auto-update option will pop from below.
6. Click Auto-update to disable or enable.
As can be seen it is also possible to disable android auto updates while keeping some chosen apps ready to receive updates.