How to Turn off Automatic Updates on Android

Block Automatic Updates in iOS

iOS download updates automatically and ask you every time whether to install it. Blocking iOS updates is a two-step process. The first thing to do is to disable automatic download of system updates, so the device will not download any updates, and then delete the file that is already downloaded.

    1. To disable automatic downloads:
      1. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores.
      2. Under Automatic Downloads, turn Updates off.

iOS update

iOS update
  1. To delete any previously downloaded updates from your device:
    1. Go to Settings > General.
    2. Select Storage & iCloud Usage.
    3. Under Storage, go to Manage Storage.
    4. Find an app starting with ‘iOS’ followed by the version number.

Block iOS Updates from Router

The apple servers mesu.apple.com and appldnld.apple.com are responsible for OS updates, where mesu.apple.com provides information about an OS update and appldnld.apple.com provides the update. Blocking these servers can block downloading updates automatically. The appldnld.apple.com not only provides updates to OS but to other apps too, so you will not be able to download other software or updates if you block it.

Probably from the backside of the router, you’ll find an IP address that will take you to the router settings page and a password. If you have them both, follow these steps to block iOS updates:

  1. Connect a device to your router.
  2. Open the default browser and go to the IP address mentioned on your router. Enter password if necessary.
  3. Go to Settings or Advanced Settings and look for something like Firewall or Domain Blocking where you find an option to block an HTTP hostname. Enter mesu.apple.com and appldnld.apple.com (not recommended) and save the changes.

Delay iOS updates using MDM

Using the MDM policy, iOS updates can be delayed to up to 90 days. Users will not be able to see the update until the specified number of days the software update has been delayed. After the delay period, users will be prompted to update to the earliest version of the software update available.

OS Updates policy for iOS

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How do I stop my Samsung from updating?

Select My Apps and find the Samsung Apps you want to block from auto-updating. Tap a Samsung app and in the top right hand corner you’ll see that overflow menu again. Tap this and you’ll see a check box next to Auto-update. Simply un-check this box to stop that app from updating automatically.

How do I stop software update?

Go to Settings > Apps. Find an app called Software Update, System Updates or anything similar, since different device manufacturers have named it different. To disable system update, try any of these two methods, the first one being recommended: Tap Turn Off or Disable button and then OK.

Part 4: How to Turn Off Android System Notifications

To get rid of Android system notification, you need to play some easy tricks on your phone. The key is to use a false Wifi hotspot. The steps below should guide you through

  • Go to Settings on your device and locate About Phone menu and select it.
  • Start a false update process. Select System update option.

    Pic1.- Select System update
    Pic1.- Select System update
  • Connect to false Wifi. You will get a prompt to select a Wifi network if your device is offline. Once you get the prompt, click OK to connect to a false Wifi hotspot.
  • Complete the false upgrade.
  • At this stage, you should your device’s current OS on. Choose Check Update and find a version higher version. Wait for few seconds until you get a prompt indicating that your Android has been updated to the latest OS.

    Pic2.- Tap on Check update
    Pic2.- Tap on Check update

This is not true since you didn’t use a working Wifi network. You should stop getting software update notifications if you do this right.

How to Update Android OS Manually?

The latest updates carry bug fixes and security updates which are essential for the safety of your phone. If you decide to disable the “Automatic system updates”, it is advised to manually update the system regularly. The following is the procedure.

  • Open “Settings” and tap on “System” in the menu.
  • Select “System update” in the following menu.
  • The next screen will show the status of your system. It will show the current version of your Android. If it is already updated, it will display “Your system is up to date”. There is a blue button “Check for update” to check if any new update is available for your system. If an update is available, it will display, and you can update the system.
Update Android OS Manually
Update Android OS Manually

Part 2: How to Disable Software Update Notification Android

Hide software update notification Android is not difficult, you can follow the steps below to achieve it easily.

  • Locate Settings on your Android device.
  • Choose Developer options.
  • You should find the “Auto-update system” when you scroll down. Toggle off this feature and you won’t receive any software updates.

    Pic.- Disable Auto update system
    Pic.- Disable Auto update system

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates for Google Play Apps?

You might not be against having your Android OS receive regular updates. But when it comes to auto-updates for apps, that’s a different story. How many apps have you downloaded from the Play Store? All apps have regular updates, and the most popular issue them quite frequently.

While some users don’t see a problem with that, others find themselves confused every time they receive a notification that their device has low storage, or their mobile data is running low.

With Android apps, manual updates are often the more prudent solution. Here’s how you can set that up on your device:

  1. On your Android device, launch the Play Store app.Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner of the screen.Now, select “Settings” followed by &ld
  3. Now, select “Settings” followed by “Auto-update apps.”From the pop-up screen, select the “Don&rsqu
  4. From the pop-up screen, select the “Don’t auto-update apps” option.Tap on “Done.”
  5. Tap on “Done.”

That’s all there is to it. From that moment on, you will need to update your apps manually. That means checking the Play Store from time to time to see if any new versions of the app are available.

Keep in mind that it’s not uncommon for users to forget about this and find themselves experiencing issues with an app, unaware that there’s an update that can fix the problem.

How to Turn off Automatic App Updates on an Android Phone

If you'd prefer to disable automatic app updates on your Android phone, the process is a little different than disabling operating system updates. Here's what to do.

  1. Tap Google Play Store.

  2. Tap your profile image.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Network Preferences.

  5. Tap Auto-Update Apps.

  6. Tap Don't Auto-update Apps.

  7. Tap Done to disable auto updates.

Method 2. Pretend to Have Installed the Android OS Update

This may be a lengthy process but what you can do is you can fool your device that you have already installed the update on your device. When your device knows the update is installed, it will no longer prompt you to install any updates on your device. The following shows how you pretend to have installed the update on your device:

On your Android-based device, head to Settings and tap on About phone followed by System updates.

          Try to install the update but then quick

Try to install the update but then quickly connect to a fake WiFi hotspot. Doing so will fail the update to install on your device. Now your phone thinks the update is installed but it is not as you used a fake WiFi hotspot that cannot download anything from the Internet.

How to Turn Off Auto Updates for Specific Apps?

Another potential problem you might have is that you already have an auto-update setting for apps but you wish to disable it for one app specifically.

Apps such as Instagram and Chrome are often large, and it’s understandable that you want to approve it first. This is something you can do via the Play Store. Follow these steps to learn how to do it:

  1. Launch the Play Store app on your Android device.Search for the specific app in the search bar.
  2. Search for the specific app in the search bar.Once you find it, tap on the three vertical dots i
  3. Once you find it, tap on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen.Make sure to uncheck the auto-update box from the
  4. Make sure to uncheck the auto-update box from the list of options.

How Do I Turn on Automatic Updates on Android?

If you want to turn automatic updates back on, the process is near identical. Here's what to do.

  1. On your Android phone, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Software Update.

  3. Tap the gear cog.

  4. Tap Auto Download & Install.

  5. Tap Wi-Fi to enable automatic updates via Wi-Fi only or tap Wi-Fi and Cellular/Mobile to enable updates when you have any form of data connection.

Disable Automatic Updates for OS

  • Touch on “Developer options” to see its menu.
  • Scroll through the list and find “Automatic system updates”.
  • If it is enabled, turn it off.
  • If it is disabled, keep it intact.
Disable Automatic Updates OS
Disable Automatic Updates OS

Anytime you can toggle the setting back to enable automatic OS update again.

Related: How to disable automatic Google Chrome update in Windows 11 and macOS?

Block Automatic Updates in Windows Phone

Your device will not download or upgrade to Windows 10 automatically. Windows 10 update will not show up even if you go and search for updates. Windows 10 update shows up only when an app named Upgrade Advisor is installed on your Windows Phone.

If you are on Windows 8 or 8.1, then go to Settings > Phone Update and uncheck “Automatically download updates if my data settings allow it”. That’ll help.OS updates in Windows phone

OS updates in Windows phone
  • Go to Settings > Network & Wireless > Data Usage and limit data usage. Maybe, using Wi-Fi can again be a problem.
  • On the same screen, you can see “Use mobile data if there’s no Internet access over Wi-Fi. This will use your data plan and ay incur charges” and a Don’t Allow button next to it. Tap on it and you can restrict the use of mobile data.
  • Use battery saver, which will turn all background processes off. Charging the device battery will turn off battery saver.

The other way suggested is to connect the same Wi-Fi network to a Windows PC and set the network as metered, the PC will then sync the settings to the phone. This is not checked, though.

Updates can be blocked in Windows 10 PC either by setting Wi-Fi as metered connection or by stopping and disabling Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS). We can hope Microsoft will bring a similar feature in any newer updates of Windows Mobile.

Conclusion

If you would like to stop the Android system update notifications on your Android device, the above guide covers multiple ways for you to do the task on your device. We hope it saves you from the constant annoyance of upgrade notifications.

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