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How to Stop Automatic Updates of App on Android

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It is normal for Android apps download from Google Play Store are automatically updated but you can also disable them if you want. This article will show you how to.

The options for automatic updates are kind of different in the latest Android 5.0 operating system of the Play Store. This article will show you how to get rid of the automatic updates in both the old and the new versions.

Google Play Store Prior to Version 5.0
To turn off automatic updates in versions of the Play Store earlier than 5.0, tap the Play Store icon on your Home screen.

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When the Play Store opens, tap the menu button in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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Tap “Settings” on the menu.

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You can find the “Auto-update apps” option in the “General” section of the “Settings”. If it says “Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply,” then your apps will be automatically updated. To turn this option off, touch “Auto-update apps.”

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On the “Auto-update apps” dialog box, touch “Do not auto-update apps.”

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The dialog box closes and the “Auto-update apps” option is updated with the “Do not auto-update apps” setting. Tap the Play Store icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to go back to the main Play Store screen. You can also touch the Back button on your device.

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On a Google Nexus 7, when you hold the device in landscape mode, and you’re on the “My apps” screen, the screen is split into two panes. The left pane contains your list of “Installed” apps while the other contains “All apps”. The left pane contains buttons allowing you to “Open,” “Update,” or “Uninstall” the app. The “Allow automatic updating” check box is also available in the right pane.

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If you tap the “Allow automatic updating” check box so there is a check mark in the box, the following dialog box displays asking if you want to turn on auto-update for all apps.

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You can check the information about the permissions required for an app by taping “Permission details” at the bottom of the app’s page in the Google Play Store.

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Google Play Store Version 5.0
To turn off automatic updates in version 5.0 of the Play Store, open the Play Store and tap the menu icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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Scroll down and Touch “Settings” on the menu.

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If your apps do update automatically, the “Auto-update apps” setting in the “General” section on the “Settings” screen will read “Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply.” To change this setting, touch “Auto-update apps.”

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The “Auto-update apps” dialog box shows. To stop your apps from automatically updating, touch the “Do not auto-update apps” option.

NOTE: If you want apps to update automatically, but you want to avoid going over your data limit, touch the “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” option. That option allows your apps to automatically update only when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network so you don’t use any data to do so.

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In version 5.0 of the Google Play Store, you can still view permissions for an app by touching “Permission details” at the bottom of the app’s page.

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Manually updating apps gives you access to review the permissions for each one, making sure they are ones you either agree with or can tolerate.

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