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How to disable auto-update of apps from the Google Play Store?

Android has an inbuilt option of auto-update of apps in its official app store- the Google Play Store. This is really a good function to have, as it makes so easier for you to update the apps. But still, sometime, it might quite be annoying, since as soon as you connect to the WiFi, all the apps start to update, which can make your phone pretty laggy, and even the internet you’re trying to use, turns out to be slow due to the auto-update of apps.

disable auto-update of apps from the Google Play Store

As we all the Android users know, the apps that we have installed from the Google Play Store are updated frequently, some apps even get updated like daily. If we have installed about 50 apps in our device, and even a fifth of them provide the update in a particular day, 10 of the apps need to get updated. This is nothing, if you have the unlimited internet service (the WiFi is usually unlimited, but not always though), and if you do not have much time to wait for your phone till it stops lagging or the internet becomes normal again, which is merely caused due to the update of the apps. So, if you are one of the users who don’t need the auto-update of apps from the Google Play, you should have already known that you can disable it anytime, according to the way you want.  But by chance if you don’t know the process on how to do it (which implies that you are a newbie on the Android platform), you can follow the given steps for the same:

  1. Go to your Android device’s Menu, and from there, launch the Google Play Store app. You can also launch this from the homescreen, if you have a shortcut of it.
  2. I the app, swipe out the navigation drawer on the left hand side, or use the ”hamburger” menu at the top left (the three lines next to the words Play Store). Choose ‘settings’.
  3. In the settings, you will see the categories, such as General, User Controls and About. Under the ‘General’ category, you will see ‘Auto-update apps’ option. Click on it.
  4. There, you will have  three options, which will allow you either 1) Do not auto-update apps 2) Auto-update apps at any time. Data Charges may apply and 3) Auto-update apps over Wifi only.
  5. You should choose the first one, since you have always wanted to turn-off the auto update option in your Google Play Store. Once you choose this, the settings will automatically be saved, which means the process is now complete. You can just exit or go back from there.

This way, you’ve now learned how to disable auto-update of apps from the Google Play Store. As soon as you complete the process, your phone will thereafter not show any of the apps being updated. You should still receive update notifications to alert you when an app needs updating though. You can thus, at any time, head to the play store and update your desired apps manually whenever you feel the need of doing so.

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