Recently Google started to check the “allow automatic updating” for their apps without being asked, which I hate. I have to deactivate it for each app separately.

But more importantly this pushed Google Books onto my phone, which I don´t need and wastes precious 4 MB internal memory.

And here comes the nasty twist: Google book is not actually available for my System (for whatever reason). So I can´t get the applications market page to un-check the “allow automatic updating”.

This leaves me wondering: is there a way to deactivate the “allow automatic updating” for all applications?

  • Automatic updating, as well as Google's backup service, has never worked on my phone at all. If I find out why and it's something you can turn on and off, I'll let you know! Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 14:39
  • @Matthew Read, I think it may be because of TouchWiz. Once I installed CyanogenMod, it pulled down all my apps from the market and installed them, and I wish it didn't, I have a lot installed :), it locked up my phone for a while. Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 22:37
  • There used to be an app available on XDA Forums that allowed a root user to bulk toggle auto update on/off for all apps. However, a recent Market update has broken functionality.
    – Sparx
    Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 9:07

7 Answers 7


Market version 3.3.11 now has a setting called "Auto-update apps". Enabling it will effectively set each individual app associated with the account to auto-update, and disabling it will of course do the opposite. This setting is found by simply going into the Market's settings (Menu Button->Settings on phones, or use the top-right action bar on Honeycomb).

You can read about the release here. It also has links that could help you sideload the update if it is not automatically available to you.


You could use a program like Droidwall to block Market's internet access, this should keep it from installing/uninstalling programs.


If you have Titanium Backup installed you could try and Freeze the program Software Update.

  • 2
    Good thinking, but for Titanium Backup the phone needs to be rooted. And once you did that you have an even cooler way to solve the problem: adb shell su rm /system/app/BooksPhone.apk ;-) — Don't forget to make a backup copy fist just in case Google manages a 2.3.5 release.
    – Martin
    Commented Jun 18, 2011 at 12:44
  • This highlights that on most phones, the space used in /system isn't space that a user can normally use, anyway. So the 4 MB is actually zero impact.
    – TREE
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 19:38

Titanium Backup (root only) has "Market Tools". One of these tools is "Market Auto Updates" which presents a list of all your apps with their checkboxes for auto-updates. You can sort the enabled apps to the top, and you can "deselect all" to disable automatic updating for all apps.


There bitter truth is there is none option to switch all automatic updated off in one go.

I solved my particular problem by rooting the phone. Since no exploit is known for 2.3.4 I had to unlock the phone. This in turn meant that both Amazon MP3 and Google Books stopped updating themselves.

Which is one way to solve the problem. Still I removed the files using the following Script:


setopt No_Err_Exit

adb -d uninstall com.amazon.mp3
adb -d uninstall com.google.android.apps.books

setopt Err_Exit

adb -d pull /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk Originals/com.amazon.mp3.apk
adb -d pull /system/app/BooksPhone.apk     Originals/BooksPhone.apk
adb -d pull /system/app/BooksPhone.odex    Originals/BooksPhone.odex

adb -d shell <<-EOF
    mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    busybox rm -v /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk
    busybox rm -v /system/app/BooksPhone.apk
    busybox rm -v /system/app/BooksPhone.odex

    mount -o remount,ro /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    busybox rm -v    /data/dalvik-cache/system@[email protected]@classes.dex
    busybox rm -v -r /data/data/com.amazon.mp3
    busybox rm -v -r /data/data/com.google.android.apps.books


# vim: set nowrap tabstop=4 shiftwidth=4 softtabstop=4 noexpandtab :
# vim: -d set textwidth=0 filetype=zsh foldmethod=marker nospell :

Warning: This is script from the “If you can't understand it you should not be using it” category.

  • +1 Why you use uninstall command? To remove updates or proper deregistering? Isn't busybox rm enough? Is it possible to use disable instead?
    – gavenkoa
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 7:19

Here's the trick:

  1. Use an app manager to force stop the Play Store, then clear all the data.
  2. Go to the Play Store's settings, then deselect "Auto update apps by default"
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    Why do you have to force close it?
    – roxan
    Commented Sep 22, 2012 at 2:36

When in android market select my apps. u will see all the applications installed. select tha one u want to disable automatic updates. u will see a small checkbox at the bottom. uncheck it.

  • Which part of »So I can't get the applications market page to un-check the “allow automatic updating”.« did you not understand? — And in the question title is one word marked with double stars. I did that because I thought this is the most important aspect of my question. Something to distinguished my Question from similar questions. — Anyway, welcome to stack overflow. — Hint: Wait until your answer is at -3 then delete it to get the “peer pressure” honour batch.
    – Martin
    Commented Jun 18, 2011 at 12:21

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