Sunday 13 November 2016

How to turn off Ubuntu automatic updates

Is their any way to turn off Ubuntu automatic updates? By default, Ubuntu automatic updates are turned ON and you need to disable it by yourself. Turning off Ubuntu automatic updates is usually required when you have limited bandwidth usage. I won't advise you to turn off the automatic updates since these updates includes several vulnerabilities patches and bug fixes and also includes various new features for a better Ubuntu experience. However, sometimes you can't manage a free / unlimited bandwidth so you need to turn it off. In this article, I will tell you how to turn off Ubuntu automatic updates.

Turn off Ubuntu automatic updates

You can disable automatic updates in Ubuntu though command line. Open Terminal and edit the file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic and edit the line : APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1"; to APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"; to turn off the automatic updates in Ubuntu. 

The second method is through GUI. Open Ubuntu Dash and search for Software & Updates. Under the Updates tab, you can find the different updates options. 

1. Automatically check for updates : This checks for any updates available for your Ubuntu system including the applications updates. Select any of the below options as per your preference. Select Never if you never want to check for automatic updates. 

every two days 
every two weeks

2. When there are security updates : This options will display / download / install security updates to your system. Unless you are on a metered connections, keeping it on download and install automatically should be your choice. To shut it down, select display immediately which just notifies you of the updates and do not download or install it without your permission. 

display immediately
download automatically
download and install automatically

3. When there are other updates : For other updates, you can check for immediate, weekly, bi-weekly notifications. 

display immediately
display weekly
display every two weeks

4. Notify me of a new Ubuntu Version : This options notifies you of a newer Ubuntu version. You can choose whether you want to be notified for any Ubuntu version that releases, or only a Long Term Support version or you do not wish to know and upgrade about any future versions of Ubuntu.

for any new version
for long term support versions 

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