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Can I schedule the time apps automatically update?

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  1. utahjeff

    utahjeff New Member

    I have an DINC and have most of the apps set to automatically update. The problem I'm having is that they seem to update at really inconvenient times.

    Is there a way to set an update time or time range? If it's not native, does anyone know of an app that will do this?

    Thank you in advance.


  2. tcat007

    tcat007 Well-Known Member

    Maybe a tasker profile to turn background data on and off at particular times.
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  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    I don't know of scheduling, but you do have two options under settings in Play / Market.

    1. Auto-update apps - this way you will have to manually update the apps, but you could use the update all button.
    2. Update over Wi-Fi only - This is how I do it, as usually I get frustrated when I am trying to pull up a web site and it is slow because an app is updated. At least if they are updating over WiFi, it isn't as noticeable as it is on 3G
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  4. Kicksilver

    Kicksilver Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid you can not.

    Why don't you manually update them?
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  5. moonglow

    moonglow Member

    I'm totally with the original poster on this, it seems ridiculous that there isn't a simple schedule option built in for updating. It seems like update happen most commonly when I want to use the tablet or phone an having everything shudder to a halt while half a dozen apps download and install makes me want to revisit my decision to love android! Manual update isn't really a solution either, it just creates a task to remember to do. Perhaps there is a hook in one of the automate apps to turn on auto update for a select time, that'd possibly do it.
  6. leeq

    leeq New Member

    +1 for OP. Is there anybody who solved this problem?
    It might be perfect if it updates my apps while I'm asleep, like 3 am.
  7. dvhttn

    dvhttn Well-Known Member

    +1. Not difficult to do at some time when you're not busy at home. Apps will update at various times, I assume, because they get updated to the Play Store at different times, as and when the developer gets around to it. But I've never had an app update yet that couldn't wait until it suits "me" to update.

  8. baldmosher

    baldmosher Active Member

    I have mine set to manual updates and just accept all pending updates manually when I go to bed and they're done by morning. I do need to "keep WiFi enabled whilst charging" in Juice Defender.
  9. snoshark

    snoshark Member


    Can't believe this isn't a feature, I'm rooted and familiar with Tasker, no luck though. Will send virtual beer to whoever figures it out : )
  10. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    I just have auto-update turned off, solves the problem for me completely. Because I prefer to see the nature of the update, and if there's going to be any problems or other adverse changes, this being a very good example of a bad app update... http://androidforums.com/threads/tapatalk-user-revolt.892042/
    I've had some games I enjoyed ruined by updates, namely changes to now have intrusive ads in them.
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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  11. electricpete

    electricpete Well-Known Member

    This might work:
    1 - Install AFwall+ (needs root) firewall. A pretty good program even if not needed for this. Simple interface to limit wifi or data access for each app.
    2 - Create two "profiles" within AFwall+ (not to be confused with Tasker profile). One of the profiles (call it PlayEnabled) allows Google Play to access the internet and the other doesn't (PlayDisabled)
    3 - Use the AFwall plugin within Tasker to switch between the AFwall profiles based on a Tasker schedule. For example switch to PlayEnabled at 1AM and switch to PlayDisabled at 5AM

    This will surely prevent Google play from updating outside those hours. Two problem though:
    A - what happens when you want to go into Google play for example to manually install a new program? You've got to switch toPlayEnabled AFwall+e profile before that would work. I suppose you could create an extra Tasker Task (with shortcut) that does two things: switch to PlayEnabled profile first and then launch Play. Then instead of manually launching the Play app directly when you want to visit the playstore, you just manually launch the shortcut to that extra task instead. But now when you're done you have to figure out how to switch back to PlayDisabled profile afterwards. Might be doable with some more thought, or might just tolerate it until next morning at 5AM when PlayDisabled will get switched in.
    B - potential problem. What happens if Play senses a connection but can't connect? No way to know until you try it. Occasionally blocking programs has unexpected effects. It's not difficult to imagine you might be a little late getting some updates if Play doesn't attempt to update during the window 1AM-5AM.
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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  12. Lou Goldstein

    Lou Goldstein New Member

    I have updates set to occur only when WiFi is on. I also use an app called "WiFi On On Power," which basically turns WiFi on when I plug the phone in to a charger, and turns WiFi off when I unplug it. As a result, my phone automatically does all of its updating during charging (which usually means that I'm asleep), without any extra effort on my part.

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