Automatic app updates use more battery or no?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Benz63amg, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Benz63amg macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2010
    New York, NY
    so like my title says, if I have automatic app updates enabled is my iPhone's battery draining significantly quicker or no? Thanks
  2. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    i don't think simply switching on automatic updates will affect battery. but what will affect it is how many apps actually update per day on average.

    if you would have updated these manually during the day anyway, then there wouldn't be a difference. if you save updates till when you're charging, then of course, automatic ones may happen when you're not charging and use more battery.

    if you are concerned, i would recommend enabling automatic updates but don't let it use mobile data. this will ensure updates happen when you are on wifi where a) downloading is less battery intensive and b) you are more likely to be charging your phone. best of both worlds imo. (and of course c, you will use less of your data plan, if you have a restrictive one)
  3. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I don't see the point. So long as you have notification badges set up for the App Store, you will be alerted to any updates and can install them at your leisure. I always read the App Store reviews before I update apps these days, way too many have UI changes which ruin them (eg Ebay), or bugs which render them useless until the next update. Some apps are changed for the worse permanently and if they're working perfectly then why risk messing things up. Personal experience.

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