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How to turn auto updates on and off (Android)

Auto updates on Android smartphones (also known as Auto-update apps) can drain your battery, make your Android smartphone very slow and sluggish, and cause your smartphone to use obscene amounts of data. In some cases, automatic updates can cause you to exceed your phone plan’s data limit. Some Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy series (Galaxy S3, Galaxy S5, etc) are set to update apps automatically by default. This guide explains how to turn auto updates on and off on Android smartphones.

  1. Go to play store icon Play Store (Google Play Store).

automatic updates android settings

  1. Click the automatic updates settings icon menu icon (usually on the top left) and go to Settings.
  2. In the General section click Auto-update apps.

auto-update apps

  1. Select Do not auto-update apps to turn auto updates off. Select Auto-update apps at any time to turn auto updates on. Select Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only to turn auto-updates on only when your Android smartphone is connected to a WiFi service.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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