Thanks to a smart trick, I was able to prevent not only the battery drain issue but also save tons of data on my Android smartphone. Guess what? By preventing apps from updating automatically or selecting to auto-update only when connected to Wi-Fi, I was able to turn things around.



If you are wondering why cellular data on your device is eaten into too fast or just unhappy with its battery life, you must dive ahead to choose how you want your apps to get updated.

How to Prevent Apps from Updating Automatically on Android

Step #1. First off, you have to launch Google Play Store on your Android device.

Step #2. Tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) from the top-left.

Step #3. Tap on Settings.

Step #4. Tap on Auto-update apps.

Step #5. Now, you have three options:

  • Do not auto-update apps. If you want to completely turn off automatic app updates, you need to select Do not auto-update apps.
  • Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply: Do not select this option.
  • Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only: You also have the option to auto-update apps only when you’re connected to a WiFi network. Tap Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only in the same pop-up.

The better option is to go for auto-update using Wi-Fi. In case, you have completely disabled auto-update, you will have to update apps manually.

To update apps manually, you need to go to Google Play→Open the navigation drawer→ tap on My apps & games→ you have the option to update one app at a time or update all of them at one go.

That’s it!