How to Stop Apps from Downloading Automatically on All Your Apple Devices (iOS 15 Update)

It can be a pain when an app gets downloaded automatically to all your Apple devices when you only want it on one.

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When using my iPhone, I often download apps to try out. Later, when I unlock my iPad, all of the apps I downloaded to test on my iPhone are suddenly on my tablet. Some people prefer the automation of all their apps showing up on all their devices. But for me, it's a problem; here's how to stop apps you purchased on one device from downloading automatically on your other devices.

Related: How to Hide Apps on iPhone (& How to Find Them Later)

How to Stop Apps from Downloading on All Your Apple Devices

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap App Store.

    Tap App Store
  3. Toggle off Apps under Automatic Downloads.
  4. Repeat these steps on each device on which you want to stop automatic app downloads.

    toggle off apps under automatic downloads

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

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