This should work for both Lollipop and Marshmallow users.If you've ever picked up your phone to see that Google Play is going crazy and auto-updating app after app, you might feel your stomach tightening up as you see your data allowance evaporating into thin air. We'll show you how to stop apps from updating automatically so that Google Play only updates when and how you want it to.
App developers are pushing out updates just to change app icons or small strings of text, and for this reason (among others) Google has set the Play Store to update apps automatically by default.
Still, some of us would prefer or be better off not updating apps without our explicit permission and action. Do you let the Play Store do its thing and simply find out an app was updated when you check your notifications, or do you hop into the Play Store and manually hit the box to let the bits flow for just that single version number jump? Let's start with the simple part — finding the app update settings.
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We're going to agree with Google that for the majority of users this is the best choice, especially as devices often now have dozens of apps installed at the same time.
Most folks would like to know that their apps are up to date, and not have to worry about the update process using up their (often limited) mobile data allowance at the same time.
On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to allow apps to automatically receive updates over Wi-Fi, whether you want to allow apps to update at any time, or whether you want to manually install all updates.
For the sake of this how-to, we want to turn off auto-updates altogether, so go ahead and tap “Do not auto-update apps.” option picker screen will close, taking you back to the main Google Play Settings screen.
Unfortunately, Google did a good job hiding away the option to turn off automatic updates.
Let’s take a look at where these options are and how to reach them. Press the one that says “Auto-Update Apps” – it should be right at the top of the Settings options.
Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be in control of your updates in no time.