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How to allow auto-update of selected apps from Google Play Store

App updates have its own pros and cons. First and foremost, app updates are important because it protects you from security vulnerabilities. Each new release might include new features or bug fixes from previous versions. While app updates improve the performance of your devices, it exhausts your mobile data, drain battery power, slow down your device and so on.

Google Play Store allows you to automatically update apps when a new version of the app is released on the Play Store. You can turn on auto updates for apps so you would never have to think about manually updating apps again.

But as the number of apps in your device increases, automatic app updates can become annoying as it might drink up your mobile data, and hence, you might want to have a control over app updates. For this reason, Google Play allows you to disable auto updates for all apps or selective apps of your choice, perform app update over Wi-Fi connection and so on.

Auto-update Settings for Individual Apps

If you wish to prevent an app from updating itself, you can do so by disabling Auto-update option for that app.

Follow the steps mentioned below to disable specific apps from updating themselves.

  1. Open Google Play Store App on your device.
  2. Tap on Menu option on the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on My Apps and Games.
  4. Under Installed Tab, tap on the app you wish to change the auto update option.
  5. Tap on More option on the top right corner of the App Home Screen.
  6. Uncheck the ‘Auto update‘ option on the prompt.

On successful completion of the above steps, auto updates for specific apps will be disabled.

Enable or Disable Auto-updates for all apps

You can choose to enable or disable automatic updates for apps using Google Play Store.

Here are the steps to enable or disable automatic updates for all apps.

  1. Open Google Play Store App on your device.
  2. Tap on the Menu option on the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Under General Settings, tap on ‘Auto-update’ apps. The prompt will display three options here.
    Do not auto-update apps– Tap on this option to disable all apps installed on your device from auto updating themselves.
    Choose any of the following options to turn on auto updates for apps.
    Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply – Tap on this option to allow auto updates for all apps.
    Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only-Tap on this option to allow apps to auto update when connected to Wi-Fi only.

Once you have disabled auto update for apps, whenever an app wants to update itself, it displays a Google Play icon in the notifications bar. You can tap on the notification and manually approve app updates.

Hexnode MDM App Settings

With Hexnode MDM, admin can have total control over the apps installed. You can uninstall apps, reinstall them and even restrict users from accessing Google Play Store on their devices.

Notes:

  • This feature is applicable only to Samsung SAFE devices and devices enrolled in Android in the Enterprise (Android for Work) program, with Hexnode for Work app as the device owner.
  • Your device must be enrolled with Hexnode MDM.
  • Device must be connected to the Internet at all times.

Here’s how you can control app updates using Hexnode MDM.

  1. Log in to Hexnode MDM Console.
  2. Navigate to Policies. Click on New Policy to create a new policy or click on policy name to edit an existing one.
  3. Click on Android Settings > Advanced Restrictions.
  4. Under Apps, enable the options,

    Auto-update of selected apps-Hexnode App Settings

    Allow App Install – Select this option to allow apps to be installed on your device. By default, this option is enabled. If disabled, users cannot install or update apps on their devices.
    Allow Google Play Store (Available only for Samsung SAFE) – Select this option to unhide Google Play Store icon on the user’s device. By default, this option is enabled. If disabled, Google Play Store icon will be hidden on the user’s device.

  5. Navigate to Policy Targets. Click on +Add Devices to add the devices you wish to associate the policy to.
  6. Click on Save.

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