How to Stop Apps from Downloading on All Devices

This is an issue I’ve had for a long time, but I could never figure out the solution until recently. When using my iPhone, I often download apps to try out. I may download ten apps and delete eight of them by the time I’m done testing them out. But later, when I unlock my iPad, all of the apps I download to test on my iPhone are suddenly on my iPad. Then I have to go and delete them all again. Plus, most of the apps I use on my iPhone aren't apps I use on my iPad. For some people, this isn't the case, and they prefer the automation of all their apps showing up on all their devices. But for me, it's a problem I'm ecstatic to finally solve. Here's how to stop apps from downloading on all devices.

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

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How to Stop Apps from Downloading on All Devices

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap iTunes & App Stores.
  • Under Automatic Downloads, toggle off Apps.

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

 
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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.