Ways to Disable Automatic App Downloads on iPhone and iPad

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If you’re in the Apple ecosystem and own two or more Apple devices like an iPhone and an iPad then you would know by now that downloading an app on one device will also automatically Download on the rest of your device if they are using the same Apple account. This is done to keep the devices in sync so you can drop one device and pick up exactly where you left off on another device.

While the idea behind this is great, the reality on ground isn’t. The automatic app download will inevitably increase your bandwidth/data usage as you have to download things twice, which if you’re Downloading some pretty heavy files can potentially eat up your data plan quickly.

Let’s say you’re Downloading a movie from the iTunes Store to your iPad to watch it solely on your iPad, you wouldn’t want the same movie downloading yet again onto your iPhone or any other Apple devices you might have. This is also the same for books, audiobooks and music. You wouldn’t want your music downloaded both on your iPhone and iPad, would you? Even if you do, you can download them on one device and send them to the other instead of Downloading it on both. If you have access to unlimited internet connection or WiFi then this might not be a problem. However, if you’re data conscious like me, then follow the steps below to disable automatic app downloads on your iPhone and iPad.

How To Disable Automatic App Download On iPhone and iPhone

Doing this is very easy and all you have to do is get hold of your iPhone or iPad and follow the steps below.

  1. Access the Settings Menu by clicking on the Settings application/icon.
  2. Scroll to “iTunes & App Store” and Click on it.
  3. Here, you’ll be presented with four options; Music, Apps, Audio & Audiobooks and Updates with a Toggle at the front of each.
  4. Simply toggle the switch in front of the “Apps” options to turn it off. You can also do this for others like music, updates etc.

If you would like to still keep using the automatic Download Feature without it affecting your data plan then you can turn off the option for it to use cellular data underneath the options. Doing this will cause the updates to automatically happen only when you’re connected to a WiFi network.

That’s pretty much how to disable an automatic app, music, updates, books and Audiobooks downloads on your iPhone and iPad. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about this article through the comment section Down below and we’ll try our best to help.

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