How to Stop Apps from Downloading on All Devices

This is an issue I’ve had for a long time, but I could never figure out the solution until recently. When using my iPhone, I often download apps to try out. I may download ten apps and delete eight of them by the time I’m done testing them out. But later, when I unlock my iPad, all of the apps I download to test on my iPhone are suddenly on my iPad. Then I have to go and delete them all again. Plus, most of the apps I use on my iPhone aren't apps I use on my iPad. For some people, this isn't the case, and they prefer the automation of all their apps showing up on all their devices. But for me, it's a problem I'm ecstatic to finally solve. Here's how to stop apps from downloading on all devices.

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How to Stop Apps from Downloading on All Devices

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap iTunes & App Stores.
  • Under Automatic Downloads, toggle off Apps.

Now, your apps won’t automatically download on all of your devices connected with the same Apple ID.

 
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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.