iOS 7: How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates

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The introduction of automatic app updates in iOS 7 is terrific. But there may be times when you don't want that to happen. Here's an explanation of when you might want to turn it off and how to do it.


In iOS 7:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on iTunes & App Store.
  3. Select "Updates" ON or OFF.

When Automatic App Updates is off, you'll be able to manage your app updates, just as before, in the App Store app and its tab on the bottom right: "Updates."

Why Turn Automatic App Updates Off?

From Jeff Gamet's review, "iOS 7: Far More than Another Pretty Face."

For the apps you've already installed, Apple is making it easier to stay up to date with its automatic update feature. You can turn the feature on or off in the iTunes & App Store settings so you can still choose to download updates individually.

Why wouldn't you want to autoupdate all the time, I hear you ask. Let's say you're using an app that you need to keep frozen at a specific version, disabling autoupdates lets you manually update your other apps while leaving the one that [might otherwise] update alone.


TMO's Managing Editor, Jeff Gamet, contrinuted to this article.

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Another really good reason to turn updates off is if you live with a draconian bandwidth cap, like if you are using a satellite or cell modem connection at your rurally located, digitally divided home.


1Password uploaded an update to the App Store recently that if downloaded would have made the app unusable on the phone - they posted a big ‘do not download this update’ notice in the app description. The developers were aware of the problem but couldn’t pull it from the Apple servers because the app update had been submitted and accepted. It took a few days for Smile to upload a new app update that worked properly. Had auto app downloads been on my phone I would have been without a working version of 1Password for a while, which would have caused quite a few problems.

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