iOS7 How To: Enable/Disable Auto App Updates

“Why the hell do I have to keep updating my apps on my iPhone all the time and why you don’t fix that?” – Senator John McCain

Those words were spoken on May 21, 2013. Clearly Senator McCain was upset about seeing the red badge on the App Store app and always having to update his apps. On June 10, 2013, when Apple previewed iOS 7, Senator McClain's complaint was answered, Auto App Updates.

Seeing that red notification badge can be annoying and drive some people crazy. Now in iOS 7 you never have to see that badge again. To enable auto update, simply launch settings, scroll to iTunes & App Store, scroll to Automatic Downloads and toggle Updates on (green) or off (white). You may also want to enable Use Cellular Data. This will allow updates to happen when you are not on wifi. Be careful as this can run through your data plan extremely fast.  

Scroll to and tap on iTunes & App Store

Tap the toggle next to Updates to enable

Tap the toggle again to disable

Pros to having this enabled are:

  • Apps are always up to date
  • No more notification badge


  • May burn through your data plan faster then expected
  • Updates that may have issues will automatically be installed and the only way to go back is connecting to your computer and finding the old app download

Clearly Senator McCain was happy with iOS 7.   

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