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How To Stop Automatic App Updates On Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9 Plus

How To Stop Automatic App Updates On Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9 Plus

In order to make your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to perform better, it is necessary for us to update our operating system. This also includes the third party apps and the built in apps that are installed on your smartphone as well. This process can fix bugs and glitches and in general, offer a greater performance of your device. Google Play Store is one of the sources of updates from apps that we have added to your device.

By default, your smartphone is designed to scan for updates on a regular basis and to give notifications if it is updating as soon as there is one available. This process however, means that the device will consume power and other resources that may have an effect on your smartphone’s performance. Your device may also insist on updating all of the apps installed even if you don’t really want to update them all.

In our article, we are showing you steps on how to disable or simply manage and have better control over all the automatic updates on your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. A lot of our readers are often confused by all the different settings and controls and they would just love to know the right steps to take.

Scanning And Installing Updates

There are users who have recently just made the switch from an iPhone to the latest Samsung flagship so this will be the first time for them to use Android. Coming from iOS, users would really need some time in order to get used to the new Android interface. When it comes to updates however, your Samsung device is set by default to scan for updates by itself and install them automatically. This gives new users an easier time as they really don’t need to focus that much and worry about scanning and installing new updates.

For those who prefer to be in control of the update process then you must learn to do so via the Google Play Store. Google Play Store has a “control center” where you can change settings on updates like needing a Wi-Fi network in order to initiate the update process which helps you save on mobile data. You can also turn on or off the automatic updates for a specific app plus turn off the option wherein Playstore creates shortcuts on your Homescreen for every newly installed app on your device.

Every user has his/her own preference so it’s up to you to decide, we now take you to where you get to take control and customize your chosen settings.

How To Control Automatic Updates On Galaxy S9 And S9 Plus

As we have stated earlier, everything is done in Google Play Store. There is therefore no need for you to tinker with the General Settings on your smartphone. All you need to do to get started is to go the Home screen of your device and launch the Google Playstore App by tapping the icon or from the App Tray.


From There:

  1.  Click on the 3-lines available at the top left- this can be found next to the Google Play search bar
  2. Scroll until you get to the Settings option and click on it
  3. In the General Settings of the Google Play store, choose Auto-update Apps
  4. While you are there, you will see that the automatic updates over Wi-Fi are active by default
  5. To turn off the automatic updates, choose the option named as “Do not auto-update apps”


Once you have done this, you have now prevented your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus from scanning and installing automatically for new updates it finds. This, however, does not mean that you will no longer be able to update apps. From this point onwards, you will be able to receive notifications whenever a new update is available and you can decide manually which to start and when. You will also be able to discover what’s new or just stop specific updates.

It is best to stick with the default option because it helps you save on wasting your data plan just for updates since it is set to run only when connected to a wireless network. Another advantage is updates get to run smoothly without disturbing you with notifications and the need to ask you to confirm every time.

This is why some users chose to leave it that way on auto-update. Some want more control which is understandable as well. It is really the choice of the user and if ever you would want to revert back to the default option then you can always refer to this article on how it’s done. We remind you to also uncheck the option that automatically places icons of your newly installed apps directly on your Home screen.

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