How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates on Android

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The following step-by-step guide will show you How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates on any Android device.

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Those using Android TV devices like the NVIDIA Shield, MECOOL Boxes, Tivo Stream 4K, or others have noticed that the Google Play Store by default has set apps to automatically update.

The same goes for Stock Android devices like generic Android TV Boxes, tablets, or phones.

Those using the Amazon Firestick/Fire TV are required to manually update applications when prompted, which is a nice feature.

While updating apps can be beneficial most of the time, there are instances when this can cause problems.

With Kodi’s recent update to version 19, the majority of Kodi Addons and Kodi Builds from version 18 are no longer working.

This automatic update to Kodi 19 became a problem for the thousands of cord-cutters still using Kodi 18 addons on Android devices.


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While Kodi is one of the most popular Streaming APKs, automatic updates to any application can be troublesome without you knowing.

In the screenshot tutorials below we show how to turn off automatic app updates on both Android TV and Stock Android devices.


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How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates – Android TV

In the example below, we are showing how to turn off app updates on the NVIDIA Shield.

1. Launch the Google Play Store from your device’s home screen.

In the example below, we are showing how to turn off app updates on the NVIDIA Shield.


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2. Click your user icon in the top right corner of your screen.

Click your user icon in the top right corner of your screen.

3. Click Settings.

Click Settings.

4. Select Auto-update apps.

Select Auto-update apps.

5. Then check the option for “Don’t auto-update apps” and click the back button on your remote.

That's it! You have turned off automatic app updates for your Android TV device.

That’s it! You have turned off automatic app updates for your Android TV device.

How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates – Stock Android

In the instance below, we are showing how to turn off app updates on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Tablet.

1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen.

In the instance below, we are showing how to turn off app updates on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Tablet.

2. Click the Menu icon (3 horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen.

Click the Menu icon (3 horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen.

3. Scroll down and click Settings.

Scroll down and click Settings.

4. Select the option for Auto-update apps.

Select the option for Auto-update apps.

5. Check the box for Don’t auto-update apps and click Done.

You have successfully turned off automatic app updates on Android!

You have successfully turned off automatic app updates on Android!

This should help you in the future with not only Kodi but any application you don’t want automatically updated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you stop apps from automatically updating on Android?

Yes. With this guide we show how to turn off automatic app updates on any Android device.

Can you stop apps from automatically updating on the Firestick?

The nice part about the Firestick/Fire TV is apps don't automatically update. You have to manually update applications.

Will Kodi automatically update to Kodi 19?

Yes Kodi will automatically update to version 19 if using an Android device.

Is turning off automatic app updates safe?

Yes. Turning off automatic app updates on your Android device is not only safe but gives you more control over your applications.

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