Is it possible to auto-update selectively? For example, if I want to allow an anti-virus app to update, but no others. Can this be done? Android 4.0.4


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Yes, it's possible, but very time-consuming.

  1. Open the Google Play Store, go to Menu -> Settings.
  2. Tap on the "Auto-update apps" and select one of the two "Auto-update apps" options to enable it.
  3. Go back, then go to "My apps" section, locate the app you want (e.g. anti-virus app that you mentioned) and tap on it once.
  4. Now tap the Menu button and the first option should be the "Auto-update." Ensure the checkmark is present for this app.
  5. For all other apps that you have installed, you will need to follow steps 3 and 4, but this time disable the "Auto-update" setting by unchecking it.
  • Actually, from a preventative aspect, I would disable all non-wanted apps first, then set the global setting. Otherwise one or more updateable apps could change during the long manual process!
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 20:16
  • @wbogacz I don't think you can modify the per-app setting unless the global one is enabled first.
    – Chahk
    Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 20:23
  • fair enough, I didn't know the checkbox was restricted that way.
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 20:36
  • Actually for steps 4 and 5 there is bulk functionality provided by Titanium Backup app (Market Tools > Market Auto Updates). It's available in PRO (paid) version only. Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 11:59
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    It doesn't work anymore. Now when clicking the menu button nothing happen. I cannot find other ways to achieve the same result. The "auto-update" tick seems to be completely removed. Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 19:21

First turn on auto update in the main settings of the Play store. Then, you will have to manually open each app in the app store, and un-select auto-update. This will be a painful task, especially if you have more than a handful apps.

Tested on Play Store 4.5.10

  • Doesn't work anymore. Clicking the phone menu button will not open anything. The "auto-update" checkbox is nowhere now. Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 19:38

If you don't want to root your phone, there's Play Apps Updater. I just installed it and it seems to work, although I can't vouch for it other than that.

Also note that this is a duplicate of How to enable Play Store auto-update for just a few apps?

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