How to Disable Automatic Updates of Apps in Google Play

As a general rule, apps that are installed on the tablet from the Google Play store will automatically download updates (called auto-update apps) in order to improve their performance, remove bugs, etc. Unfortunately it can also slow down your device while in the middle of doing other tasks. This is where manually updating apps can be more practical and recommended.

  1. Tap the Google Play app and swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to display the menu. Choose Settings.
  2. In the Play Store settings, tap Auto-update apps.
  3. You'll see two options (which can be changed at any time): “Do not auto-update apps” or “Auto-update apps at any time. Data charges may apply.”
  4. Tap the first one, “Do not auto-update apps”. Note that this means you will manually update all apps periodically in the future but at least you can be prepared for the interruption.

How to Manually Update Apps in Play Store

  1. If you've changed the settings in Play Store to NOT automatically update apps, you'll do so manually. Go to the Menu (by swiping your finger from the left edge of the screen to the right) and tap on “My Apps & Games in Google Play”
  2. Apps with updates that are available are listed at the top. You may choose to install one app at a time or all with the “Update All” button at the top.

Play Store App

The Play Store offers all of your favorite apps, games, movies, books, and music all in one place so you can download and install on to your tablet. You will find free apps as well as premium apps that require a credit card purchase to download and install.

After you tap on the Play Store app to enter the store you can either search for apps or access your Account and Settings with a swipe of your finger from the left edge of the screen. It is recommended to disable automatic Play Store updates (see section on “How to Disable Automatic Updates of Apps”)

Installing Apps Outside of Google Play (Side Loading)

Sometimes, a Google Play app won’t download for one reason or another. Sure, it is an easy and secure way of installing apps on your tablet, but what happens when you get the dreaded “Your device is not supported” message? What happens when Google Play decides to pull an app from their marketplace? Sure, there are usually good reasons behind this, but sometimes you still want that particular app on your device. Well, there’s a way to work around this and install those 3rd party apps. It is called “Sideloading”.

Setting Up Your Device

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen > Security
  2. Check off “Unknown Sources”. By doing so, you will enable your device to download and install apps that are found outside of Google Play.


RECOMMENDATION: Always make sure of what you’re installing and where it originates from.