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! This is annoying, but thankfully you can fix it with a quick setting. 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)

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Stop automatic app downloads to save storage space.
  • Keep apps only on the devices where you use them.
  • Learn how to turn off automatic downloads of apps to prevent apps from cluttering other devices.

How to Stop Apps Downloading on All Your Apple Devices

If you've ever asked "How do I stop my iPad and iPhone from syncing apps?" you're not alone. Luckily, you can do so easily in the App Store's settings. Make sure you repeat these steps for each Apple device you have that you don't want to sync apps for. To learn more about the best ways to use your Apple devices, like how to remove an iPhone app, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open Settings app
     
  2. Scroll down and tap App Store.

    Tap App Store
     
  3. Toggle off Apps in the Automatic Downloads section.

    toggle off apps under automatic downloads
     
  4. Repeat these steps on each device (like your iPad) on which you want to stop automatic app downloads.

Now you know how to stop apps donloading on Apple devices you don't want them on! 

*Important note: If you've been moved by the Ukrainian battle against the Russian invaders and would like to learn about apps standing in solidarity with Ukraine, please read through our article 6 Apps Standing for Ukraine, and scroll to the bottom for a list of trusted charities you can donate to that are contributing to the cause. 

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