Once I've checked off the box to "allow automatic updating" for an app in the market, is there any way to undo this without uninstalling and reinstalling the app?

Moto Droid running 2.2

UPDATE: Apparently I am losing it. Originally it happened with PDAnet. I accidentally clicked the checkbox and as soon as I did the option disappeared. I tried restarting the market, restarting the phone but the option never reappeared. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and I had the box back, unchecked. I was afraid to test it out on other apps until the answers below confirmed that either it was an isolated bug or I was crazy. Needless to say I have the option to uncheck it now.

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On the HTC Incredible I just searched for the particular app in the market, selected it and unchecked "allow automatic updating" from there. Hopefully it works that way on your phone (and others).

  • That is odd. I don't have that option. Once I click it, the option goes away and apparently doesn't com bacl.
    – Matt
    Oct 9, 2010 at 18:38
  • That's extremely strange - gary's answer is right for me on my Nexus One. The checkbox is always there for me. Which app are you talking about?
    – Eric Mill
    Oct 9, 2010 at 18:39
  • I noticed the app eventually disappears from my download list after I set it to auto, that's why I had to search for it in the market. It's surprising that would differ between phones.
    – gary
    Oct 9, 2010 at 18:51
  • It's not doing it any more. After I uninstalled an reinstalled the app, it works as you described.
    – Matt
    Oct 9, 2010 at 23:41
  • I had to kill the app before the checkbox appeared. Perhaps you can't change this setting in a running app for some reason?
    – user3090
    Feb 23, 2011 at 14:41

I just went to Market | Downloads and selected the app. The "Allow automatic updates" checkbox is at the top of the page and checked, allowing me to uncheck it.

I also have a Motorola Droid running 2.2.

Is there a particular app with this behavior? Maybe it's a system app that requires automatic updating.

  • It was PDAnet, but now it appears to be working fine just like you guys said.
    – Matt
    Oct 9, 2010 at 23:37

I just had this happen to me (HTC Incredible, Android 2.2). An app updated automatically, I decided to turn auto updates off, and the checkbox was gone. Happened with two happens, My Tracks and Maps, both from Google. I found that if I pulled down the notifications panel and tapped on the "Successfully Updated" message for the app to make it go away, then returned to the Market page for the app, the checkbox had reappeared and I could disable automatic updates. Tapping the notification also starts the app, so it could be either removing the notification or opening the app once after the update that made the checkbox reappear.

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