How to Disable or Enable Automatic App Updates on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

 
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How to Disable or Enable Automatic App Updates on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Highlights

  • Automatic app updates first appeared in iOS 7
  • You can disable auto-update, or allow them on mobile data too
  • iOS doesn't allow auto-updates for selective apps

As smartphone owners, we live in the age of apps where there’s truly an app for any scenario you can think of. That also means most of us have more apps we can keep track of. Thankfully, Apple added automatic app updates to iOS over three years ago, and had it enabled by default, so you wouldn't have to manually open the App Store, and hit ‘Update All’ regularly.

There are pros and cons to this decision - obviously, you don't want your apps to be running older versions which might lack features or even stop working. However, automatic updates can mean that your phone eats data and battery power without warning. If you'd rather update your apps on your own schedule, all you need to do is turn off automatic updates. This is what you've got to do to set up manual updates:

How to disable automatic app updates on iOS
Go through the following steps to turn off automatic updates on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Swipe up until you find iTunes & App Store.
  3. Under Automatic Downloads, turn off the toggle next to Updates.

That’s all there is to it. If you can't be bothered to update apps on your own, you can always go the other extreme and make sure you always have the latest version of each app automatically.

How to enable automatic app updates on iOS
Go through the following steps to turn on automatic updates on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Swipe up until you find iTunes & App Store.
  3. Under Automatic Downloads, turn on the toggle next to Updates.
  4. If you want updates on the go, flick on Use Mobile Data as well.

The last option won’t auto-update any apps that are larger than 100MB in size, though, keeping in mind that even unlimited data plans have a policy of reasonable restriction. If you switch on the Use Mobile Data option, you may see a spike in your mobile data usage and associated charges, if any. If you leave it off, your apps won’t auto-update until you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Unlike on Android, you can’t selectively choose which apps you want to keep on auto-update. Once you turn automatic updates on or off iOS, all/ no apps will update to the latest available version without your permission.

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