Windows Store apps are automatically updated to the latest version by default, and that’s the recommended setting. Sometimes you’d like to disable automatic updating to save bandwidth and traffic especially when you’re on a slow connection.
Also, if most of those installed apps are’t used frequently (other than the few important ones), that’s another reason to turn off auto-update feature. You can always update all or specific apps on-demand manually via Windows Store Settings.
Disable Automatic Updating of Store apps
Open Windows Store, click your user account icon at the top and click Settings.
Disable “Update apps automatically”
Updating Windows Store apps manually
To update Windows Store apps manually when needed, open Windows Store, click your user account icon and click “Downloads and updates”.
This lists the recent Windows Store activity (installation & updates) for your user account. Click “Check for updates” button which shows the list of available updates at the top.
You can either click “Update all” to update all apps listed there, or select a particular app in the list, and click Update.
For example, I clicked Groove from the list and this opens Groove app’s product page from where you can Update it.
Editor’s note: While you may have your reasons to keep automatic update turned off for Windows Store apps, at the same time you must also make sure you’re not running outdated version of apps that have a security vulnerability.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in Windows — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP (2003-2012) who contributes to various Windows support forums.