If you have an Android phone or tablet, by default it will update your apps automatically as updates become available.
Auto-Updates are fine if you are comfortable with accepting every app’s “permissions” and you are almost always in a place where there’s a strong cellular or Wi-Fi signal available.
But if you prefer to review the permissions before allowing your apps to update (yes, permissions are updated at times) or if you are often in places with weak signal coverage, you’d probably be better off setting Auto-Updates either to “Off” or “Wi-Fi only”. Here’s how:
1 – Tap the Play Store icon.
2 – Tap the Options icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. It looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop one another.
3 – Tap Settings.
4 – Tap Auto-update apps.
5 – Select the Don’t auto-update apps option.
6 – (Optional) If you’re ok with the permissions required by all of your installed apps you can select Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only instead of turning off Auto-updates altogether as mentioned in step 5 above.
7 – Tap Done.
That’s all there is to it. Your device should now handle app updates in the manner you selected above.
If you chose to disable Auto-updates completely you’ll receive a notification when updates are available for your installed apps. You can then update those apps manually at a time that’s most convenient for you.
If you chose to allow Auto-Updates when your device is connected to Wi-Fi, any available updates will be installed automatically the next time your device connects to an active Wi-Fi connection.
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