With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus being two of the most up to date Samsung handsets on the market, it’s not surprising that Samsung has made sure their devices have automatic app updates switched on by default. However, if you’re not a fan of automatic updates and want to stop your Galaxy S8 or S8+ Plus automatic app updates eating up your data in the background, you can switch the feature off completely. You can learn how to disable Galaxy S8 automatic app updates in the guide we have provided below.
When you have disabled automatic updates on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Plus, your apps will no longer update by themselves. This means that if you want to update an app, you’ll need to manually visit the app store and approve each app update individually. The bright side of this of course is that you’ll save lots of data and make sure your device only uses your internet when you want it to.
There are a number of straightforward methods you can use to stop your apps from being updated automatically. The easiest method is found right within the Google Play Store. For this guide, we’ll be using the Google Play Store method. We’ll explain how you can easily stop automatic app updates via the Google Play Store below.
You can quickly switch off the automatic app update feature by visiting the Google Play Store. The Google Play Store is the app store that you use to find the latest apps, games, and movies. The app icon for the Google Play Store is a small triangle. To find the Google Play Store, tap the home screen, then tap on the Google Play store icon. If it’s not there, you’ll need to open your app tray and find it within there.
Once you have opened the Google Play Store, tap the menu button in the top left. (It looks like three lines stacked vertically.) Once you have opened the Google Play menu, scroll down and tap the “Settings” button. Everything we need to do for this guide can be found in this settings menu.
Once you’re in the settings menu, you should see the “Auto-update apps” option. You will need to tap the “Do not auto-update apps” button to switch off auto updating apps. From now on, you will no longer have apps updating in the background. This will save you tons of mobile and WiFi data over time, especially if you have lots of apps installed on your smartphone.
Once the auto app update feature is switched off, you will now get notifications when a new app update is ready. Your phone will no longer install the update by itself. Instead, you’ll need to tap the notification to start the update manually. Just make sure you download it over a WiFi network to save your mobile data! This is also a great way to see what new updates are hitting your apps.
Alternatively, you can set your apps to update automatically, but only over WiFi. You can visit the Google Play settings menu we mentioned above to set this up. You simply need to re-enable the “auto-update apps” feature, then select the option to only download apps over WiFi.