How to Disable Automatic App Updates on Apple iPhone 13

Automatic updates for apps and even for the firmware is good as it makes sure everything that runs on your iPhone 13 is up-to-date.

Once enabled, automatic downloads will also be turned on, which means that your iPhone can download files from the Internet without your consent.

Such features can be pretty useful especially if you want to have a very secured device and use secured apps.

However, if you’re on a limited cellular data plan, then you might want to disable automatic updates because your data will all be used without your knowledge as well.

Disable iPhone 13 Automatic App Updates

This method is likewise applicable to other iOS devices for as long as they’re running on the same iOS version with that of the iPhone 13. Actual screens and menu items may vary between device models and service providers.

Step 1: From the Home screen, find and tap Settings.

This will open the Settings app that contains the settings of almost all features and some apps.

Step 2: Scroll down a little bit, and then find and tap App Store.

The App Store menu will load up on the next display. Here, you will see relevant features and settings you can modify with regards to the apps and downloads.

Step 3: Under the Automatic Downloads section, you will see Apps and App Updates.

These are the features we want to focus more on this article.

Step 4: To disable the automatic downloads for apps, tap the switch next to Apps.

The switch should be greyed out if you don’t want apps to automatically download apps from the web.

Step 5: To turn off automatic updates for apps, toggle the switch next to App Updates.

The switch should also be greyed out so that applications won’t be updated without your consent.

At this point, you are assured that all applications, pre-installed and third party alike, won’t be able to download files from the web including their own updates.

So you have to manually update every app on your device to be able use the latest version.

Now, if you’re on a mobile data plan, you might want to take a look at the Cellular Data section. Make sure that Automatic Downloads is greyed out because if not, then that’s the reason why you’ll use up your data fast.

As to the App Downloads, you actually set it to notify you if the file size it’s downloading reaches 200 MB. You can also set it to Always Allow or Always Ask. It’s your call what option to choose, especially if you don’t have an unlimited plan.

If you also don’t want to download iOS updates automatically, then you have to turn it off from a different menu.

Just go back to the main Settings page and then look and tap on General. Tap Software Update and tap Automatic Updates.

Now make sure that both Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates are disabled to prevent your iPhone 13 from downloading software updates.

Either it’s automatic app downloads or firmware updates, if you’re on a limited data plan, you better disable them. After all, you can manually update apps and the firmware if you’re already connected to a Wi-Fi network.

We hope that this simple tutorial can help you one way or the other.