How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

iOS 7 includes a lot of great new features, including one that will automatically update all of your apps. For people that often had dozens of app updates that needed to be installed, this is a very convenient feature.

But if you like to have manual control of your app updates, such as for updates that take away functionality, or are problematic, then you will want to read below to learn how to turn off the automatic app update feature on your iPhone 5.

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Disable iOS 7 Automatic App Updates

You will notice below that there are two different options in the Automatic Downloads section that could seem like they are the same. There is an Apps option and an Updates option. You want to turn off the Updates option. The Apps option will automatically download apps that you have purchased on another device, such as your computer or iPad.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the iphone 5 settings menu

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

select the itunes and app store option

Step 3: Move the slider to the right of Updates from the right to the left. You will know that the feature is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. The automatic updates feature is turned off in the image below.

how to turn off automatic updates in ios 7 on the iphone 5

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Now that you know how to turn off automatic app updates on your iPhone 5 in the iOS 7 operating system, the device will no longer install app updates as they are available.

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