I have a Samsung tablet with Microsoft One Note and Microsoft PowerPoint preinstalled, among others. I have deactivated these, but even deactivated these apps auto update eating a lot of storage.

How to avoid that?

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    When you say 'Deactivated' do you mean 'Disabled'? I've never known my disabled apps to ever update, but deactivated apps could just mean 'Force Stopped', hence, they are eligible for updating. Please check the terminology matches what you intend to convey. – wbogacz Mar 1 '17 at 20:20
  • UI is in Spanish so I don't know the proper word in English. Maybe it's 'Disabled'. I don't mean just force stopped but truly disabled (when I disable them, all updates are deleted and factory version restored). – Envite Mar 1 '17 at 22:25
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    Are you sure you haven't done something then to enable them again? Actively, maybe not, but a System Update will drop the latest on top of the old and re-enable them; you will have to go through the disable activity again. I don't believe that there is anything else that can re-enable disabled apps. – wbogacz Mar 1 '17 at 23:42
  • I'm sure. They auto enable and auto update about once or twice a day. – Envite Mar 2 '17 at 15:36
  • 'once or twice a day' was a key bit of information. Nothing legitimate updates that rapidly. Microsoft doesn't even update their Windows versions that often. Something is suspicious about these apps. – wbogacz Mar 2 '17 at 18:27

If they come pre-installed from your carrier and/or manufacturer, they most likely are /system apps and the only thing you can do is disable them.

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