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Can I prevent automatic update(system and app updates) downloads on Android ICS in order to reduce the bandwidth usage while using volume based internet data packages?

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Hummm... volume based internet data packages as in using mobile data? Why not use Wifi? –  t0mm13b Oct 12 '12 at 14:27
Well, I want to update only when wifi connection is available. Wifi connection may not be available everywhere, so i have to use volume based data packages. –  vhishma Oct 12 '12 at 14:33

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You can disable Automatic updates from Google Play Store app. Head over to Settings → Auto-update apps.

You can also set it to Update over Wi-Fi only, from the same settings page

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But, this is not preventing system/security updates (such as Jelly Bean 4.2 system update). –  vhishma Dec 3 '12 at 7:04

There's two ways to deal with this:

  • Try Droidwall to block outgoing connections on 3G data, in that way, if in the vicinity of the wifi network, Droidwall will allow data over Wifi.
  • The other way is to go into Settings > More... Tap on that, Mobile Networks > uncheck Data enabled to prevent 3G data in and out.

Only caveat emptor with Droidwall, it requires rooted handset.

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method 2 will prevent accessing internet from any apps (that are using low bandwidth, like messenger), right? –  vhishma Oct 12 '12 at 14:56
yes that's correct - cannot have it both ways :) –  t0mm13b Oct 12 '12 at 15:08
you can, actually. –  Sathya Oct 12 '12 at 15:25
my bad, completely forgot about that setting in the play store... :) –  t0mm13b Oct 12 '12 at 15:34

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