How to Prevent Automatic App Downloads in iOS 9

Last updated on April 27th, 2023 at 10:06 pm

You can set up your Apple ID on multiple iOS devices in order to share purchases that you have made, such as music and movies. But the way that you use different devices might dictate the sort of content that you want on each individual device, meaning that you do not always wish to sync content between, for example, an iPhone and an iPad.

This is particularly noticeable when you purchase or install an app on one device, then find later that it has automatically downloaded to the other device. Our guide below will show you the setting to disable so that this automatic downloading of apps does not occur.

You can use a similar method as the one described below to automatically install available app updates on your iPhone.


Preventing Automatic App Downloads in iOS 9

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. These steps will assume that you have multiple iOS devices (such as an iPhone and an iPad) that share the same Apple ID. The behavior that this guide will stop is when you purchase or download an app on one device, then it automatically downloads to the other device.

Here is how to prevent automatic app downloads in iOS 9 –

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and select the iTunes & App Store option.
  3. Tap the button to the right of Apps to turn this setting off.


These steps are shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the iTunes & App Store option.

open the itunes and app store menu



Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Apps to turn it off. You will know that automatic app download on this device has been disabled when there is no green shading around the button. The setting is disabled in the picture below.

prevent automatic app download in ios 9



Note that this will not affect the setting on the other device. If you wish to prevent apps from downloading automatically on the other device, then you will need to complete this process there as well.


Are you trying to free up space on your iPhone by deleting unused apps, but find that some of them cannot be deleted? Find out more about apps that you cannot uninstall on your iPhone.

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