Article ID : SX064002 / Last Modified : 01/27/2021

How can I enable or disable the automatic updating of applications?

    If the automatic update feature is enabled, your applications get updated without you being asked, so you may not realize that large volumes of data are being downloaded. In order to avoid potentially high data transfer costs, you can disable the automatic update feature. You will need to disable the automatic update feature in the Play Store app, the Software update feature and the What's New app (where available) to avoid the automatic updating of apps.

    Manage automatic updates in Play Store

    Android™ 4.0 or higher

    • Disable or enable automatic updates for all applications at once in Google Play™ store:
      1. From your Home screen, tap the Application screen icon.
      2. Find and tap Play Store.
      3. Drag the left edge of the screen to the right, then find and tap Settings.
      4. Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Tip: You can select the Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only option if you want to avoid mobile data charges.

    Manage automatic updates in Software update

    Tip: You can select the Wi-Fi only option if you want to avoid mobile data charges.

    Android 10 or 11

    • Find and tap Settings → System → AdvancedSoftware update → menu button (three vertical dots) → Settings.
    • Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Android 9

    1. Find and tap SettingsSystemAdvancedSoftware update → menu button (three vertical dots) → Settings.
    2. Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Android 8.0

    1. Find and tap SettingsSystemSoftware update → menu button (three vertical dots) → Settings.
    2. Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Android 7.x

    1. From your Home screen, tap the Application screen icon.
    2. Find and tap SettingsAbout phone/tabletSoftware update → menu button (three vertical dots) → Settings.
    3. Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Manage automatic updates in What's New

    1. From your Home screen, tap the Application screen icon.
    2. Find and tap What's New.
    3. Drag the left edge of the screen to the right, then find and tap Settings.
    4. Tap Auto-update apps and select the relevant option.

    Tip: You can select the Wi-Fi only option if you want to avoid mobile data charges.