Automatic app updates are undoubtedly a convenient aspect of Android, so that you never have to worry about an outdated app. However, for those of us who rely on a data-restricted phone plan, automatic app updates can be catastrophic.
Whether you are trying to stay within your monthly data limit or don’t want to update an app without your explicit permission, there is a way to turn off automatic app updates. You can then use the Google Play Store app to manually update specific apps.
Step 1: Turn off automatic app updates
Head over to the Google Play Store app on your Android device. Press the slide-out menu button on the top-left corner (hamburger menu) and press the “Settings” tab. In the Settings menu, scroll down to find the “Auto-update apps” entry and tap on it.
A pop-up screen will appear, giving you the option to auto-update apps over Wi-Fi and Data connection, auto-update apps only over Wi-Fi, or turn off automatic app updates. Press the button next to “Do not auto-update apps” to restrict Google Play Store from using your mobile data or Wi-Fi network for updating apps.
Step 2: Manually update apps from the Play Store
Now that you have disabled automatic app updates, you will have to make sure you manually update your important apps. To do so, head over to the Google Play Store, press the slide-out menu and tap on “My apps & games”.
This screen will show you an entire list of apps that have not been updated. You can press the “Update All” button to update all the apps at once, or tap on a specific app and press “Update”.
How much mobile data have you been able to save when you turn off automatic app updates? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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