Stop Windows Store Apps from Updating Automatically in Windows 10

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.

stop windows store apps automatic update

Disable “Update apps automatically”

stop windows store apps automatic update

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.

stop windows store apps automatic update

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.

stop windows store apps automatic update

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to keep automatic update turned off for Windows Store apps, at the same time you must also make sure you’re not running outdated version of apps that have a security vulnerability.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 is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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