How to Disable Galaxy S6 Automatic App Updates

When you buy your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 and get things all set up, you’re probably going to get a notification that there are tons of apps that need updated out of the box. Our own unit had 45 app updates available. Once you get everything set up it’s a good idea to update all of the apps, and here we’ll explain how to manage or disable automatic app updates in the future on your Galaxy S6.

The new Galaxy S6 is loaded with tons of features, options, and advanced controls and sometimes it can get a bit confusing. One thing we constantly get questions about are apps that update automatically, so here we’ll explain how to disable that from happening on your new GS6.


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If you don’t want your device updating on its own, or rather not be bothered by tons of notifications to update apps on your Galaxy S6 almost every day there are a few easy ways to solve the problem. The Google Play Store has a few simple and easy to find settings to do this, and the images below will show you what settings to change. Something extremely helpful to first-time smartphone owners, or beginners.

Samsung nails it with the Galaxy S6 Edge.


It is extremely easy to set up the Galaxy S6 to update all your apps automatically. In fact, apps are updated automatically without any interaction from you. That’s the default setting out of the box. That said, many don’t want this, or want to only update over Wi-Fi to save data and not go over their carrier allotment. Whether or not you should do this is up to you, and here’s how.



This is a setting that isn’t in the Galaxy S6 system or phone settings, and instead has everything to do with the Google Play Store where you get games, apps, or music. Simply head to the Google Play Store by tapping the icon on your homescreen, or by finding it in your application tray.

Once you’re in the Google Play Store users will need to tap the top left (3-lines) menu button next to the “Play Store” writing. This retrieves a slide-out settings menu from the left, and this is where you’ll head to settings for the Google Play Store. Tap the slide-out menu, then select “Settings” near the bottom from the list of options.


This will bring you to the general settings for the Google Play Store. In here you’ll see the first option listed is “Auto-update apps” and you’ll want to select this. You’ll then see a popup appear with three options. Likely it’s set to automatically update apps, which is nice, but if you want to disable that you can do so here as well.


Simply tap to select “Do not auto-update apps” and you’ll have to manually update apps moving forward. However, this means you’ll constantly get notifications that new apps need to be updated, and it won’t do anything automatically. I prefer to control what apps update, and when, so this is the setting I use.


You’ll also notice an option to auto-update apps whenever, no matter what connection you’re using. This will use your 1, 2, or 5GB data plan, and could have you reaching your limits if you download music, movies, or big games. This confirms data charges may apply, so you’d probably want to set it for the other option, which is over WiFi only.

It’s best to update apps over WiFi to save data, not to mention many home internet connections or WiFi spots have faster speeds than your smartphone. It’s also worth noting that in here you can also uncheck the feature that automatically puts icons on your homescreen whenever you download an app. This is nice, but if you download a lot you’ll quickly fill up all those homescreens with icons. Keep it clean, and disable this while you’re in here.

What Should You Choose?

Casual smartphone users or those new to Android may just want to let the smartphone do everything for them. I know my parents hate getting notifications for updates all the time, so they have it set to auto. Personally, I’d rather control what updates, and look at changelogs 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 it when updating the app. You’ll just notice changes to popular apps like Facebook, YouTube, or even games you may enjoy.

In the end it’s all about personal preference. How much time you want to spend messing with things and manually updating apps, or just letting your phone do all the work for you. Select what’s best for you, and change it as you see fit.