I get a message

Android 5.0.1 System Update Available

but no option to skip the update.

In frustration, I click "download". It's not better after the download. I still get

System update downloaded

with no option to avoid the update.

How do I signal that I am perfectly content with KitKat 4.4.4 for the time being? I use my phone for development and want to be certain my development tools are ready before upgrading. In the meantime I also want to stop the continuous harassment via notifications. Is this possible? I am using a Nexus 5 and the phone is not rooted (I prefer it to stay that way).

  • As a pop-up or as something in the notification bar? What happens when you go to settings > apps > goggle services framework and turn off notifications? Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 21:18
  • @LivedWithOtters Your suggestion did indeed stop the notifications briefly, but they soon resumed appearing (even though the notifications remain turned off for g.s.f.). The notification is permanently visible in the notification bar and also permanently visible in the notification screen (the double-swipe-down screen).
    – Calaf
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 15:41
  • @LivedWithOtters you were right in the direction, but instead it was Services not framework.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 18:59

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I just spoke to Google directly. The Nexus 5 under settings, apps has something called Google Play services. Not store. If you uncheck the notification box in Google Play services and restart the phone the notification for the Android system updates will stop in the notification bar. Worked like a charm!

  • Please correct me if I'm wrong but it seems you must be rooted to do this. Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 22:51
  • After updating to Lollipop 5.1.1, the notifications checkbox is rechecked for you. Thankfully, it's still there, and it does stop the new ongoing messages to update to 6.0.
    – Calaf
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 15:04
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    Worked fine on my Nexus 7 2012. Not rooted.
    – pelms
    Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 1:58
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    @stevensmith absolutely NOT. That is an option available in all apps that have notifications.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 18:56
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    You can long-press the update notification, then, click on the "i" icon, and you'll get to the same place to toggle block all. (No root needed. Tested on 6.0.1)
    – itsho
    Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 7:49

If you happen to be rooted, you should be able to install Disable Services and find the SystemUpdateService under Google Play Services disable Google Services Framework.

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    They moved the service under "Google Play Services". At least it's true for Android 6.
    – McTrafik
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 23:55
  • @McTrafik is right. On Android 6, go to Disable Services → Google Play Services → disable SystemUpdateService (and possibly SystemUpdateGcmTaskService too). Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 15:00

I figured it out :D :D

If you get the notification and have not yet downloaded the update. Simply Press the notification in the notification bar and Hold for 10 Seconds. It will give you two options. Click on the Settings button. From Settings select "Turn off notifications update" :)


You need to clear data for downloading application (DMClient)

  1. open system nofitication bar
  2. hold touch on system downloading bar until it pop up app info
  3. touch App info it will go to DMClient app info
  4. touch clear data button under Storage
  5. then touch OK for Delete app data question

As of 2021 there's an option to turn off automatic updates in the Developer Options 1 2. It seems to be available since Nougat 3 4

  • 2
    Is this for everybody or is it restricted to just a number of device manufacturers? Source of this "fact"?
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jan 23, 2021 at 21:32
  • Thanks for pointing it out. It's available in Mi A3 and Android One devices. Since all Android devices have Developer Options it should be available to most up to date devices. I'll update the post accordingly.
    – kuzdogan
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 7:59

Turning off auto updates in Google Store did not stop the phone updating, even after a reset. I pressed on an updating app until download manager appeared, then I disabled it. Seems to have stopped.

  • This sounds like a helpful suggestion, but I don't quite follow. Do you mean you long-pressed the notification to get the app info, and then disabled the download manager from there? If you can edit your question and explain a little further, it'll be more helpful.
    – Dan Hulme
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 12:12

Found it on Nexus Grand Prime: Settings - About Device (bottom) - Software Update (top) - Set 'check for updates' (Auto-Update) to Off.

The update wanted 530mb free space! Like hell, that space is reserved for game recording :).


On my LYF Flame 2 device in India, I tried Krystalblue's answer and could only limit the software update to "weekly", "wireless only" and disabled "Allow auto-update over WiFi...".
Hope that works!


Found option to disable automatic updates in developer menu on Android 7. (click many times on build number in about phone to enable that menu)

  • This seems specific to some vendors/models; there's no option to disable automatic updates inside the developer menu on Nexus devices line.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 16:30
  • @AndrewT., possible. vendors can add/remove anything. I see it on samsung phones. Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 6:28

On my OnePlus9 Pro I disabled the auto updates in the developer mode menu but apparently they are still forcing me to do an update. In fact so much that the phone says "If you choose not to do so now, this update will take place AUTOMATICALLY between 2 AM and 4 AM starting May 4th, 2021." WTF.

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