Stop and Disable Google Play Store Apps Auto Update Using Default Settings

You are using mobile data suddenly; you realize your application’s updates are running in the background. Or you cleverly set it as a Wi-Fi only. But you are in your friend’s house; you didn’t know you used much data. Your friend is using the limited plan for those facing this awkward situation. Here we will rescue you from Google Play store apps updating themselves.

Any app you download from the Google Play Store (Android) or iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad) will automatically update to its latest version whenever the developer rolls it out. These automatic updates go on without prior notification on your device’s panel. It runs as a background process, and you may not know when it occurs. While this is a good thing as it keeps all your apps up-to-date, so you get to enjoy the new features from the developer, on the other hand, this action causes you to exhaust more data than usual. Even in some cases, some people prefer using older versions of apps instead of the new releases due to specific reasons.Man uses hand to stop

However, we will share the steps to deactivate auto app updates on Android devices. The steps are pretty similar, and it is not difficult to understand. After this feature is disabled, your app store will prompt you of app updates when they roll out, and you’ll now have to choose whether to or not to update the apps. This will, in turn, save you much data which you’ll exhaust on other important internet activities. Below are the steps; follow them carefully.

How to Stop Play Store Android Apps Automatic updates?

Only the apps you install from the Google Play store will attempt to auto-update on your Android devices. An app downloaded from another source won’t update automatically; you must search for the latest version and download it again.

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Stop auto-update on Playstore

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  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device and navigate to the “Settings” option. To access the “Settings” tab on Playstore, click on the short vertical dashes at the top left corner and scroll up.

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  2. Now, click on the “Auto-Update Apps” option. You’ll see three options, and the default one is typically the second option, “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.”

  3. Ignore the first two options and tap on the third option, “Don’t auto-update apps.” This will now deactivate app auto-updates on Android.

After this, It’ll notify you of app updates, and you will be the one to decide if the app should be updated or not. If you don’t want this, you can also disable this notification feature in settings.

What more?

These are the ways to stop auto-app updates on the Google Play Store. As you can see, they are easy to comprehend. But going with the official settings is always a good idea. This is very important for mobile phone users unless you don’t mind paying more for data and not getting the most of it because some automatic processes are eating up a bunch of it.


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15 thoughts on “Stop and Disable Google Play Store Apps Auto Update Using Default Settings

  1. My problem is that the forced update to version 19 of the play store will not allow me to download apps; it just waits forever. I have not found any suggestions to fix that work.

    So to download an app, I have to uninstall updates back to 4.6, and everything works fine with that version. Tried rooting and following various suggestions, but Google eventually finds a way around it.

  2. My update settings are set to non-auto-update, and for most apps, it works, but not for the pre-installed apps, in my case, it’s Facebook and the Microsoft Office.
    I uninstall the apps, then deactivate them through the settings, but then some days later (without turning off the phone), the apps got updated, although still deactivated.
    It’s a galaxy j5 (2017)

    • Some Pre-Installed Apps will be updated using Samsung Galaxy Store or With Security Patch Updates. You have to Disable them in the respective source.

  3. Me too, this seems not updating apps, I had set no auto-update long time ago & I can’t use apps if long time no manual updates.
    If you say it is updating Google play itself, but I found that it is almost updating once a day, I don’t think “play” need to be updating I’m such a short time.

    Mine is Samsung note 9 android 9; pls help, thanks

    • You can’t stop Play store Updating itself. You can only stop the auto updates on installed apps in your mobile.

      • All play store settings are set NOT to allow auto-updates, but my Galaxy S8 still updates apps daily. I have disabled the Galaxy Store app too and have set Play Store to optimize battery usage (in the hope that would prevent it from running on its own), but that hasn’t worked either. Is this a bug in Pie?
        Thank you,

        • If you set up correctly, the apps will not update. But, sometimes, after the Playstore update, the settings may change. After setting to “Don’t update apps,” restart your mobile. If you see the option enabled again, Wait for the Play Store app update.

      • I see the update I don’t want or authorize going. I can not even stop it. I go to the play store, and my settings say don’t auto-update. Apparently, it just acts like it’s my option. I’m getting so tired of it. Watch they will lead the now.

        • Yes, The recent Play Store Update automatically allows Apps updates. But, You can still disable the Auto-update.

    • It Just Works Just for a Few Months. After Doing This Procedure Months Ago, Google Starts Updating My Apps Today.

      • Staying with updates is a way to protect your mobile. When your installed apps are removed from the play store, Sometimes they will automatically push the updates.

  4. Even if I selected “Don’t auto-update apps.”, Google Play still auto update itself without asking permission.

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