There are several reasons to remove the automatic update of applications in Android. One of them may be the fact that by complying with Murphy’s Law, our terminal always gives you a chance to update when we need you most.
But it’s also possible that many of the updates are from applications that we don’t even use. Those that come installed by default in our terminal and we have never opened nor used. In this case the best thing would be to uninstall those apps, but sometimes the Android operating system doesn’t let you uninstall them and the only thing you can do is disable them so they don’t consume memory resources.
Turn off automatic update in Android
Disabling updates is a relatively simple process, just follow the next steps:
1. First enter Google Play from your Android terminal. Once inside we have to open the options menu. It is the icon with three stripes that appears in the upper left part, just next to the search engine.
2. Clicking on the 3 stripes displays a menu on the left side of our screen. We have to look for the option Settings (icon of a toothed wheel) and click on it, that will be in the inferior part of the menu. In the capture we put it to the right for you to see it more clearly.
3. A new screen will open with new options. Within this menu we have to look for Update applications automatically. It usually appears as a second option, although it depends on the Android version of your terminal.
4. You are now in the configuration window. As you can see there are three options:
• Do not update applications automatically: This option disables updates altogether. From now on, any application you want to update must be done manually. There isn’t any automatic update anymore.
• Automatically update applications at any time. Data charges may apply: If you have a data rate with a few Megas, you have to be careful with this option. Your terminal will be continuously checking for updates and downloading them in the background. Consuming with it data of your tariff.
• Automatically update applications over Wi-Fi only: If you want to have the automatic update but are concerned about your data rate, this is the best option. It will only download updates when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Automatic Updates: Pros and Cons
As pros we could mention the convenience of having this option activated. Well, the applications are updated periodically without you having to do anything. So you will always have your mobile updated with the latest version, which is supposed to always offer improvements and solving problems and bugs with respect to previous ones.
One of the biggest cons may be the fact that you download updates from the Google Store using Mobile Data and consume all of our available Megas. While the latter could be arranged by configuring that downloads are made only when connected to a WIFI network. Or if you need one of the updates immediately, you can always download it by hand using your mobile data rate.
But what a lot of people don’t know is what’s called the “Checklist”. You can have a version of the application with hardly any advertising and after an update you will find hat it is practically unusable because you are flooded with advertising. A list of changes is nothing more than a small summary of the new features brought by the update of an application. Also, not all developers use the changelist, so if your application updates automatically and you want to see what’s new, even if you go to the application’s tab in the Google Play Store, you don’t see anything.
The issue of permissions until recently was the most important reason not to update automatically. Because until recently, if an application introduced a new permission in one of its updates, the user was not informed. This caused some developers to introduce malware on many devices. The good news is that today this is no longer possible.
Google informs the user if the application that will be automatically updated is asking for a new set of permissions. Therefore the user has to install the application manually.