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How to stop Android apps automatically updating

Halt those pesky apps from automatically updating themselves

Google Nexus Play Store apps

If you own an Android smartphone or tablet and your apps keep annoyingly updating themselves then here's our guide on how to stop Android apps automatically updating.

It's a good idea to keep your apps up to date on your smartphone or tablet to get the latest levels or important bug and security fixes. However, it's not always ideal to just let them update without your permission.

If you'd rather decide when apps should be allowed to be updated to the latest version then here is a step by step guide on how to stop them updating automatically.

See also: How to manually update an Android smartphone or tablet.

How to stop Android apps automatically updating

Step One

On your Android smartphone or tablet open the Google Play Store. If there isn't an icon on your homescreen then look in the app menu.

Google Play Store app logo

Step Two

Tap the menu button (three square dots) located at the top right hand side of the screen and select 'Settings'.

Google Play Store menu my apps

Step Three

Simply un-tick the box where it says 'Auto-update apps' and your apps will need your permission to download updates.

Google Play Store Settings

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