iOS is making it much easier for users to download and install new app updates. Starting with iOS 7, the apps will automatically update on your iPhone and iPad.
While this is a great feature as it eliminates the need to head to the App Store and press Update All button regularly, one of the annoying things is that automatic updates can eat data and battery power without any warning. If you want to manually update your apps on your own schedule, it’s a good idea to turn off automatic updates on your iPhone or iPad.
In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to disable automatic app updates on your iPhone or iPad. Before we dive in, note that Apple officially added automatic app updates in iOS 7, so make sure that you are running iOS 7 or newer.
Steps to turn off automatic app updates on your iPhone or iPad
Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your iPhone’s home screen and then tap on iTunes & App Store to proceed
Step two: Head to Automatic Downloads section and turn off the switch for Updates.
That’s it! Once you are done, your iPhone will stop downloading and installing app updates automatically. This is pretty useful if you are on a limited data plan. By toggling off automatic app updates, you now need to launch the App Store and hit “Update All” to install new updates.
However, if you don’t want your favorite apps to run older versions which lack exciting features and bug fixes, and you don’t have much time to go to the App store to update them, make sure that you keep the toggle enabled.
Steps to turn off cellular network for automatic app downloads
If there is an update available, your iPhone or iPad will automatically download it even when you are connected to a cellular network. If you want to avoid unexpectedly high bills, it’s best to turn of automatic app updates when on cellular data. Here is how.
Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap on iTunes & App Store
Step two: Next up, head to the bottom of the page and turn off the switch for Use Cellular Data.
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