How to Disable Automatic App Updates on the iPhone 6

The App Store icon on your iPhone 6 has a section called Updates that will show you a chronological list of app updates that have recently been installed, as well as available updates that are waiting to be installed. App updates are available very frequently, so it can be much more convenient to set up your iPhone to automatically download and install those updates as they become available. This is especially true if you have installed a lot of apps on your iPhone.

But you might have some apps on your iPhone that you don’t want to update, which can be problematic if you have enabled automatic updates. Fortunately you do not need to keep allowing your iPhone to take care of these updates for you, and you can choose to disable automatic app updates so that they are only installed when you choose to do so.

The steps in the guide below were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.3.


Here is how to stop your iPhone apps from updating automatically –

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and select the iTunes & App Store option.
  3. Turn off the Updates option in the Automatic Downloads section.

These steps are repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open settings



Step 2: Scroll down and tap the iTunes & App Store button.

open itunes and app store menu



Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Updates in the Automatic Downloads section of the menu. You will know that automatic updates are turned off when there is no green shading around the button. They are turned off in the picture below.

disable automatic app updates on iphione



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