I have an Android device where I have not assigned any Google account to it, just because I don't like/trust Google.

Since I cannot use the PlayStore to get apps without assigning an account (thanks for that Google...), I have downloaded some APKs from APKMirror.

Now, I see that the pre-installed Google apps get updated by the PlayStore, but the ones I have installed manually, after downloading them from APKMirror, don't. Despite the fact that I have read somewhere that this should work and that apps should be updating.

Is this some new Google way of forcing things down our throats?

Am I missing something?

What is the best way to not use a Google account and have apps update automatically?

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    Welcome to Android Enthusiasts. Looks like there's a similar question: Don't use Google and APKPure misbehaves - how do I update apps?. Does it help?
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 4:18
  • @AndrewT. Thanks a lot. That looks like what I was looking for. Hopefully, the solutions posted there still work... I don't know if Google realizes this, but this can be filed as a huge security issue to their platform, which they have created on purpose...
    – NoOne
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 9:17


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