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iPhone And iPad In iOS 11/iOS 12: Turn OFF App Auto Updates

Updates are critical for the well-being of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12. That’s why they are set on auto-pilot by default. Some users are fine with not having to worry about what to update next. Other users actually want to know everything that happens on their devices, even if it means dealing with a series of auto-notifications and manual confirmations that need to be taken care of.

Regardless of what you want, we will present you the options. Bear in mind that, as you work on setting up the iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 to turn app auto updates On or Off, you can also set it to update on Wi-Fi only.


Turning Off the app auto-updates – is it a good idea?

Sure, Apple gives you the opportunity to tweak many of its devices’ settings. But just like in many other cases, if you can do it, should you really do it? This question, for this particular feature, is even more entitled because we are talking about keeping updated the apps that your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 relies on. If you disable it, you will no longer benefit from the automatic installation of these new software versions.


At the same time, it will trigger a series of notifications designed to alert you whenever a new app update is available. You will have to manually confirm and, in the event that you dismiss a notification and then you forget to take care of that update, you risk leaving certain apps out of date.

All these represent the price that comes from being in full control of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12. The benefits, aside from this control, also relate to having the chance to see when an update comes into play and read its details. That way, you’ll know what’s new about your favorite apps like YouTube, Facebook, or even some games.

Back to the main issues, they aren’t major, but if you are to go this way, you would better know what to expect from it.


Automatic app updates on iPhone/iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 – how to control it

By controlling the automatic app updates that your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 requires, we mean that you change its status from active to inactive. When you keep this feature active, as in turned On, the device will handle whatever updates it considers necessary, on its own, without bugging you, asking for your permission, or for your manual commands. When you keep it inactive, as in turned Off, the device will rely on your intervention for performing important updates.


The difference between these two options is given by a simple toggle in the settings of the phone or tablet. To get to it, you will have to follow the exact steps listed below:

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings;
  2. Find the iTunes & App Store option and tap on it;
  3. Identify the Automatic Downloads section listed in there;
  4. Right under it, there should be this option for Updates, with the dedicated toggle above mentioned;
  5. Tap on that toggle to change its status.


If the feature was On, by disabling it you have switched the toggle to Of. While this means that your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 will no longer benefit from automatic app updates, you will still receive notifications when an update is available. But it will be your responsibility to confirm its download and installation so that the device stays up to date.

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