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iOS 7: Enabling or Disabling Automatic App Updates

iOS 7 introduces the ability to have your apps automatically updated in the background, saving you the trouble of going to the App Store to check for and download updates automatically. Your device tries to handle this intelligently to avoid draining too much power or consuming data needlessly, but if you don’t want to use this feature at all, you can easily turn it off. Simply go into Settings, iTunes & App Stores and look for the “Updates” option below automatic downloads. If you’re on an iPhone or cellular-capable iPad, a “Use Cellular Data” option can also be toggled off from here to force your updates to download only over Wi-Fi.

Keep in mind that even with automatic updates on, you’ll get a message in Notification Centre telling you what’s been updated, and you can open the App Store to check out what’s new in your latest app updates.

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I actually want it so updates are only downloaded when I’m connected to wifi,  but the problem is if I’m not near a wifi hotspot when an update is available, then it wants to use data to download,  which is BAD because verizon’s data network is like $30 per GB. way too expensive, so I HAVE to disable updates, otherwise it wants to download using data when I’m not connected to wifi even with cellular data option disabled.

Posted by Tom Coburn on November 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM (CST)


Most folks think Automatic App Updates will happen over cellular if “Use Cellular Data” is enabled (as that’s what the UI and wording in Settings seems to imply) and then they decide to leave Automatic App Updates off (or block the iTunes Store app from using cellular data entirely.)

I’ve done some testing with WiFi off, and have corroborated the same findings with friends who have done the same.  I am confident now to share the conclusion:  Automatic App Updates do *not* happen over cellular data, even with “Use Cellular Data” turned on! Automatic App Updates only occur over WiFi.  This is good news, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been shared more widely.

Posted by Josh on November 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM (CST)

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