How to Disable Nexus 6 Automatic App Updates

It can be a little confusing at times when it comes to using a smartphone like the impressively sized Nexus 6 packed with tons of features, options, and more. One thing that is constantly asked is that apps update automatically so here we will explain how to disable this and prevent it from happening on your Nexus 6.

For those with the new Nexus 6 who don’t want to be bothered by the notification to update apps in the Play Store every few days, you can set them to auto-update. However, many users want full control, so here we will look at how to enable or disable automatic app updates.

If you don’t want your device to update on its own or if you don’t want to be bothered by tons of notifications to update apps on your Nexus 6, there are several easy ways to fix the problem. this Google Play store There are a few simple and easy-to-find settings to do this, and the images below will show you which settings to change. Extremely useful thing for first time smartphone owners or beginners.

Setting up the Nexus 6 is super easy to automatically update all your apps. In fact, apps are automatically updated right out of the box. However, many do not want this or simply want to update over Wi-Fi to avoid exceeding data plan limits and save data. Whether or not you do that is up to you, and here’s how.


This is a setting that is not in the Nexus 6 system or phone settings and instead has everything Google Play Store related where you get games, apps or music. Go to the Google Play Store by tapping the icon on your home screen or finding it in your app tray.

After entering the Google Play Store, users will need to tap the menu button in the upper left (3 lines) next to “Play Store”. This will get a drop-down settings menu from the left and this is where you will go to the Play Store settings. Tap the sliding menu, then select “Settings” near the bottom from the list of options as shown below.


This will bring you to the general settings for the Google Play Store. You will see that the second option listed here is “Auto-update apps” and you will want to select that. Next, you will see a popup with three options. It’s probably set to automatically update apps, which is nice, but if you want to disable that, you can do it here too.

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Just tap to select “Auto update apps”; after that you will need to update the apps manually. But that means you’ll constantly get notifications that new apps need to be updated, and it won’t do it automatically. I prefer to control which apps get updated and when, so this is the setting I use.


You will also notice the option to always auto-update apps no matter which connection you use. This uses your 1, 2, or 5 GB data plan and can cause you to hit your limits if you download music, movies or big games. This confirms that data charges may apply, so you probably want to set it up for WiFi only. Fortunately, Google offers users three different options.

It’s best to update apps over WiFi to save data, not to mention many home internet connections or WiFi hotspots are faster than your smartphone. It’s also worth mentioning here that you can uncheck the feature that automatically places icons on your home screen when you download an app. That’s nice, but if you download too much, you’ll quickly fill all those home screens with icons. Keep it clean and disable this while you’re here.

What Should You Choose?

Casual smartphone users or those new to Android may want to let the smartphone do everything for them. I know my family always hates getting notifications for updates so they set it to automatic. Personally, I prefer to check for what updates and look at change logs and permission requests, so I do it all manually.

If you use auto-update, you won’t know what’s new because you didn’t read while updating the app. You’ll notice changes made to popular apps like Facebook, YouTube, and even games you might enjoy. Just like the recent changes in Facebook that added sound and changed the look of the app.

In the end it’s all about personal preference. No matter how much time you want to spend fiddling with things and manually updating apps, or let your phone do all the work for you. Choose what works best for you and change it as you see fit.

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