Skip to content

How to prevent new App Store downloads from being installed on all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

With iCloud, Apple strives to keep all our devices as synchronized as possible. In general, this makes our lives easier and allows us to start a task on one device and continue on another, but sometimes it becomes a problem. For example, the automatic downloading of new apps from the App Store to all devices associated with an Apple ID can be a very big hassle.

Although we think Apple’s approach is good, if you’re a user who downloads a lot of apps to test or look for new software for your devices it can be very annoying. You have to be constantly removing apps from different devices and if you like to keep an order on your home screens this is an important job.

How to prevent new App Store downloads from being installed on all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
How to prevent new App Store downloads from being installed on all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Of course this option, which may be interesting for many, can be easily deactivated and in the following lines we want to explain you how to do it step by step.

If you want to prevent apps you download to your iPhone from automatically installing on your iPad, iPod Touch or other iPhone associated with your Apple ID you must do the following on the device you want to stop doing automatic downloads:

  1. Access Settings – iTunes Store and App Store.
  2. Disable the Apps switch in the Automatic Downloads section.

And this is it. After these two simple steps, the device you make this change on will automatically stop downloading the apps you buy or download to your other iOS devices.

In addition, this is where you can disable automatic downloading of music, book and audiobook purchases and app updates. By doing so you’ll have more control over what’s stored on each of your devices, saving storage space and leaving you the choice of downloading from iCloud when you really need it .

Of course you can turn this option back on whenever you want on each of your devices and all you have to do is repeat the previous steps but leave the switch on instead of off.