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I’m sure it has happened to you, where you open some app and see an update icon pop-up. You might wonder what is the need for an update if the app is working fine. Well, that’s where you are mistaken because updates have much more meaning than the occasional UI change you see. For example, each new release might include new features or bug fixes from previous versions.
So, updating your apps keeps you safe from the breaches that a previous unpatched app might cause. By default, if an app has an update, android auto-updates it. The problem with this is that sometimes updating apps is not desirable.
In the cases where there is a limit on data usage, the auto-update of an app at the wrong time may lead to undesirable data usage costs. Auto-updates can also cause irregularities in the corporates, as sometimes different devices receive updates at different times. Some new updates may themselves be faulty, in such cases, auto-updating to such version can hamper security and productivity. So, google offers you an option to disable auto-updates altogether. However, this can sometimes be counterproductive, as some apps you might want to be auto-updated.
Allow auto-update of selected applications
Step 1: Disable Auto-updates for all apps
Step 2: Auto-update Settings for Individual Apps