I can’t say it enough: the rate at which app updates pop up on Android is alarming. It was on Thursday that I updated some apps. This Saturday morning, I woke up to find 7 new updates waiting for me. Some of those apps that were updated days ago were on the new update list. To make matters worse, there are few Android apps that are small in size. 6MB. 13MB. 20MB! Update 7 apps of 6MB each, and your 100MB data allocation for the month is half eaten from just one update session. Multiply that by four, and….
So, what can you do about this?
Fix Your Own Update Cycle
You can determine that regardless of the number of update notifications you receive monthly, you will update only once. That will take care of multiple updates for the same app and the consequent data consumption.
Uninstall Unused Apps
If you are an app junkie and have lots of apps installed on your device that you really do not use, every update of those apps cost you precious bandwidth – for apps that you do not use! D’oh! Uninstall them.
Stick With Only One Android Device
If you use multiple devices, make sure that only one is Android. Whether its multiple phones, or a phone and tablet combination, if the update cycle and bandwidth consumption is an issue to your purse, then be smart and keep just one of those devices as Android. Two Android devices will mean double wahala.
The above two tips will help you somewhat keep data consumption down with regards app updates on your Android device. Alternatively, you can pick up a… cough…cough Nokia Belle or BlackBerry OS 7 smartphone. Those don’t run app updates every other day, and the apps are much smaller in size. You should be able to keep within your data allocation more easily with those. Then, there is the option of getting a feature phone.
So, tell me, how do you cope with the crazy update cycles on Android?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.