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    Default Verizon Note 3: I need help turning off automatic OS updates

    Bear in mind that I am completely tech inept, so I will need step by step directions on this:
    How do I turn off automatic updates for apps and for software in my Verizon Note 3?
    I really do not want to wake up one morning and find that KitKat has taken over and paralyzed my phone, I mean kitkat is great on my Note Pro but it came with it right out of the box, and I'm perfectly happy with my phone on Jellybean.
    And... I'd rather not have to root, if that's possible.
    So... how do I turn off automatic updates for apps and software?
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    Yes that's been happening to me when I thought I did not allow that, so you helped me look for it when I saw this. It's in Play Store under 'settings'.
    There are options in App Info to disable notifications on each app, but I don't think it's the same.
    I got KK 3-4 weeks ago and I found it had reset all options in Google sync, some that I had turned off, so it must reset your Play Store settings as well. Sneaky!




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    Thanks I'll look that up.
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    What your looking for is this?





    It isn't an option for my note 3 on T-Mobile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Closingracer View Post
    What your looking for is this?

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/06/be4ageqy.jpg



    It isn't an option for my note 3 on T-Mobile

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    ('fraid not. That's for auto checking for OTA firmware updates, on WiFi if selected. Member and I wanted to stop some apps updating themselves.)

    **No, I stand corrected. Worried about software and KK as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilguppy View Post
    Bear in mind that I am completely tech inept, so I will need step by step directions on this:
    How do I turn off automatic updates for apps and for software in my Verizon Note 3?
    I really do not want to wake up one morning and find that KitKat has taken over and paralyzed my phone, I mean kitkat is great on my Note Pro but it came with it right out of the box, and I'm perfectly happy with my phone on Jellybean.
    And... I'd rather not have to root, if that's possible.
    So... how do I turn off automatic updates for apps and software?
    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    'fraid not. That's for auto checking for OTA firmware updates, on WiFi if selected. Member and I wanted to stop some apps updating themselves.
    How's that horrendous battery working for you now?

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    Horrendous battery?



    Plus he asked for it to kept upgrade to Android 4.4 which Google play store option won't stop

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    You're both right. The OP was primarily asking about turning off automatic system updates, but also asked about automatic app updates as well.

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    Really bad connection here on my end. You were correct, I only read part of the OP that pertained to me. My bad. Had to write this again with a new signal. Didn't you have a thread where you were going to do a 14 day exchange because of KK battery issues. Never mind though I can't respond for a while. OP try that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    Really bad connection here on my end. You were correct, I only read part of the OP that pertained to me. My bad. Had to write this again with a new signal. Didn't you have a thread where you were going to do a 14 day exchange because of KK battery issues. Never mind though I can't respond for a while. OP try that too.

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    I was thinking of it and after reseting my battery and after waiting I found the battery to be back to normal

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    Default Re: I need help

    I still can't find a way to do it...
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    How to do which? Automatic app updates or automatic system updates? The former is in the Play Store app settings, as demonstrated above.

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    @closingracer had to put a screenshot from another device as this option is restricted by T-Mobile on the Note 3.
    And I have no idea how to get screenshots load at a standard size on Tapatalk!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilguppy View Post
    I still can't find a way to do it...
    For stopping the update to 4.4.2? You can't on the note 3 for t-mobile . That was on my tablet the note 10.1 2014

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    That's what I get after I push that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Closingracer View Post
    For stopping the update to 4.4.2? You can't on the note 3 for t-mobile . That was on my tablet the note 10.1 2014

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    I have not been clear on this in the past. I read some say unticking the software update boxes doesn't work ,or only on some models. Some decide to, or have the firmware auto download to the phone, but can or can not chose to install. B.Diddy pretty please?
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    Checkboxes for that are dependent on the manufacturer. I don't get that option in the Nexus 5. If a system update is available, I'll be notified of it and asked if I want to install. I can refuse, but I'm not sure how many times I can refuse.

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    My device is with Verizon, and I have to go to About phone > Software update, then when I click that, all it does is ask me if I want to check for software updates, and if I say yes, it tells me I'm up to date, so there's no blocking anything there.
    About blocking automatic app updates, I don't seem to have that setting either...
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    WOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Found the setting for the apps, turned it off, so I'm good with that. *happy dance*
    I'm afraid I might be stuck as far as software updates, though. Time will tell, lol.
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    As far as I know Android doesn't provide a native way to control OS software updates. So if you want to ensure you don't get any, you first need root access then kill the OTA updater. It's what I've had to do on my Note 2 and 10.1, even my Nexus 7.

    I would venture a guess it's the same procedure for the Verizon Note 3 as it is for the Note 2; using a file explorer such ES File Explorer (with its root features enabled), rename the following two files under /system/app (then reboot phone):

    FWupgrade.apk to FWupgrade.bak
    SDM.apk to SDM.bak
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    Oh boy... To ask me to root my device is like asking a blob fish to perform neuro surgery, it's not happening, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    As far as I know Android doesn't provide a native way to control OS software updates. So if you want to ensure you don't get any, you first need root access then kill the OTA updater. It's what I've had to do on my Note 2 and 10.1, even my Nexus 7.

    I would venture a guess it's the same procedure for the Verizon Note 3 as it is for the Note 2; using a file explorer such ES File Explorer (with its root features enabled), rename the following two files under /system/app (then reboot phone):

    FWupgrade.apk to FWupgrade.bak
    SDM.apk to SDM.bak
    I wouldn't attempt that either. The OP ideally just wanted to know if there are settings that definitely would not allow an automatic firmware update, as well as how to stop automatic app updates. We are both on a non techie level. That may be useful for some viewers though.
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    Even if you turn off automatic updates, no matter which option you choose, most OS updates will still force themselves and WILL update your device, no matter what. The only definitive way to stop this stupidity, is to root your device, not that I'm suggesting that, just sayin' that it's really the only way to stop it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBA View Post
    Even if you turn off automatic updates, no matter which option you choose, most OS updates will still force themselves and WILL update your device, no matter what. The only definitive way to stop this stupidity, is to root your device, not that I'm suggesting that, just sayin' that it's really the only way to stop it.
    Yup, that's been my experience and one reason I root as I want control over OS updates. IMO this is one area Android really needs to mature in and provide us more control without requiring root. Example: like in Microsoft Windows where you have the option to set OS software updates to: Automatic, Notify only, or Disable (manually install them if and when you want).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilguppy View Post
    Oh boy... To ask me to root my device is like asking a blob fish to perform neuro surgery, it's not happening, lol.
    Funnnnyy ! :

    I've come across people who seem to have a blob fish do their plastic surgery. Not recommended.
    (No? I'll get my coat.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    Funnnnyy ! :

    I've come across people who seem to have a blob fish do their plastic surgery. Not recommended.
    (No? I'll get my coat.)

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    Whaaaaaaat... You're not into the demented Barbie on steroids look?
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