In Settings -> System apps updater, I've turned "Auto updates" to OFF. However, I've just received a message "5 apps updated". In fact it has updated Gmail, Maps, Chrome, Google Photos and Telegram.

It has changed a number of settings on those apps WHICH I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE.

Among those apps I only want to update Telegram, so why do the rest of them update against my will and change it's configuration?? I can't believe how far is Google going on forcing users to do what they don't want to.

How can I effectively tell Android that I don't want it's updates?

EDIT: Besides the information Matthew Read pointed, one can uninstall these updates on Settings -> Installed apps -> [Each app], so one can free a great quantity of space.


Updates to Android (the operating system) are completely separate from updates to apps. You can only control the former through the system Settings app.

To disable automatic updates for applications: Open the Play Store app, go to Settings → Auto-update apps, and select "Do not auto-update apps".


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