Stop Downloading In-App Content Automatically on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Modern versions of iOS and macOS allow you to automatically download in-app content in the background. Hence, apps remain updated and also run smoothly. While it’s designed to enhance the user experience, some folks may want to stop downloading in-app content on iPhone, iPad, and Mac in order to fix battery drain or cut down data consumption. If you are one of them, here is how you can turn off the automatic downloading of in-app content on your iDevice.

Stop Downloading In-App Content Automatically on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

No matter how good a feature is, it may not be in line with everyone’s taste. That’s why it’s always good to have the flexibility to take control of it. Hence, I’m glad that Apple has offered a straightforward to manage the downloading of in-app content.

Disable Auto Downloads of In-App Content on your iPad or iPad

Step 1. To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now, scroll down and choose App Store.

Step 3. Head over to the Automatic Downloads section, and turn off the toggle next to In-App Content.

Disable Auto Downloads of In-App Content on your iPad or iPad

That’s it! iOS/iPadOS will no longer allow apps to download in-app content in the background. Later, if you ever happen to change your mind, return to this very setting and turn on the toggle.

Disable Auto Downloads of In-App Content on Mac

Preventing apps from downloading in-app content automatically on Mac is just as straightforward.

Step 1. First off, open the App Store on your Mac. Simply, bring up the Spotlight search > enter App Store and launch it.

Step 2. Now, click on the App Store menu at the top left corner of the screen.

Step 3. Next, choose Settings in the drop-down menu.

Choose Settings in the menu

Step 4. Finally, uncheck the box top to the left of In-App content and you are good to go. Of course, if you ever want to bring this feature back, return to the same App Store setting and check the box for In-App Content.

Disallow apps to download content in the background on Mac

Wrapping up…

There you go! From now onwards, in-app content will no longer download automatically on your iDevice. Now that you are familiar with how this feature works, smartly manage it in accordance with your needs. Do you have any related questions or feedback to share? Make sure to shoot it via the comments below.

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