Stop updating

See also: How to manually update an Android smartphone or tablet.

If you've ever picked up your phone to see that Google Play is going crazy and auto-updating app after app, you might feel your stomach tightening up as you see your data allowance evaporating into thin air. We'll show you how to stop apps from updating automatically so that Google Play only updates when and how you want it to.

(If you have Pro or Enterprise, though, we recommend using the Group Policy Editor, as described later in this article.) This should prevent Windows 10 Home from installing driver updates, but Microsoft could change this behavior at any time and ignore this setting on Windows 10 Home.

Microsoft added this hidden option in the Anniversary Update.

As a general rule, apps you have installed from Google Play will download updates automatically (called auto-update apps) in order to improve their performance on your tablet or smartphone.

Generally speaking, this is a good thing, but it can also slow down your phone, use up your mobile data and stop you from doing other things with your device.

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