Right out of the box the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have a lot of apps that need to be updated on the Google Play Store. Buyers who just picked one up will likely update them all, but in the weeks and months following your first day with it, more will surface. For those that don’t want to constantly be bothered with notifications to update apps, or want to control what gets updated manually, here we will be explaining how to manage or disable automatic app updates on the new Galaxy Note 5.
Samsung’s new Note 5 is a big and powerful device full of features, options, and advanced controls that sometimes 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 Note 5.
Those that don’t want the Note 5 updating on its own, or rather not be bothered by tons of notifications to update apps on a daily basis have a few easy ways to solve this problem. The Google Play Store has a few simple and easy to find settings we’ll explain, and the images below will show you what settings to change. This is very helpful for first-time Android smartphone owners, or someone that switched from an iPhone.
Be default the Galaxy Note 5 will update apps automatically, which is the easiest way to leave things for most owners, but at the same time, many want to control what updates and when. This could be to save data and update on WiFi only, while at home, or to control what apps actually get updated. The Play Store also adds an icon for new downloads to the homescreen, and we can disable that obnoxious feature in this settings menu as well.
Whether or not you should do this is up to you, and everyone has different wants or preferences. Those that want total control will want to follow the steps below.
We won’t be dealing with settings on the Galaxy Note 5 itself, and instead has everything to do with the Google Play Store where you get games, apps, or music. Navigate 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 can select the top left (3-lines) menu button next to the “Google Play” search bar. From here just scroll down to “Settings” and select that as shown below.
This will bring users to the general settings for the Google Play Store. In this menu the first option listed is “Auto-update apps” and you’ll want to select this. From here simply choose what works best for you. By default it will be set to automatically update apps over Wi-Fi, which is what most users should leave it on. We don’t want apps updating while using data, as that will use a full 2-4GB data plan and cause overage fees from a carrier. Instead select “Do not auto-update apps”.
Selecting this will mean users will constantly be notified in the top notification panel that apps need to be updated, rather than just updating on their own. However, this gives owners the control to see what is being updated, check changelogs to know what’s new, and stop updates. I never update Textra, my text message replacement app, as I like an older version than what’s available right now.
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. Then, as we mentioned above, in here you can also uncheck the feature that automatically puts icons on the homescreen whenever an app is downloaded. 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. 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. Do what fits your needs, what’s easiest for you, and enjoy the new Galaxy Note 5.
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