How to Stop Kodi From Updating Automatically on Android TV, Windows

Do you want to stop your Kodi automatically update to v19 Matrix? By default, the Android TV app store (Google Play) automatically updates app to their latest version when a new one is released. Stop Kodi from updating automatically with our guide below.

This week, Kodi 19 was officially released after a full year of development time. The new release of Kodi comes with a few nice features, including:

  • Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.
  • Software decoding of the AV1 codec. AV1 is an exciting new open-source and royalty-free video codec optimized for transmission over the internet. It is being tested by Netflix, Google, and a bunch of other big companies. It is 30% more efficient than H.265 and is on track to be the gold standard for video streaming in the future.
  • Improved subtitles with dark grey color.
  • The ability to provide a subtitle URI
  • Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the device)
  • Dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support for streaming services (if supported by the device)
  • Various PVR enhancements
  • Default-on switch to provide a password in the web interface

However, the one key thing is that Kodi 19 removes support for Python 2.7, which most Kodi addons still use.

So, we recommend NOT upgrading unless you know your addons are ready for the new version of Kodi.

When the Kodi Foundation is done new major versions, they post the update on their website and also submit it to the app store for Android TV and Windows users. Like the app store on your phone, these operating systems automatically update apps in the background by default unless you disable this capability.

Some users choose to wait on the old version of Kodi until the latest release is verified to be stable and working with third party Kodi addons.

After you do this, you will have to manually update the application by downloading the latest copy from the Google Play Store on Android TV or Windows Store.

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on Android TV – Stop Kodi From Updating

  1. First, launch the Google Play Store from the main menu of your Android TV box.
  2. Click the hamburger menu icon button in the corner of the app store.
  3. Select My Apps and Games
  4. Scroll down until you are hovered onto Kodi and select it
  5. Uncheck auto update

This will stop Kodi from updating automatically in the future.

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on Android TV For All Apps

If you don’t want ANY Android TV app to ever update without your permission, you can turn off automatic updates for everything as follows:

  1. First, launch the Google Play Store from the main menu of your Android TV box.
  2. Click the hamburger menu icon button in the corner of the app store.
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under General, click on Auto Update Apps
  5. Select Do not auto update apps

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows For All Apps

If you don’t want ANY Windows store apps to ever update without your permission, you can turn off automatic updates for everything as follows:

  1. First, launch the Windows Store.
  2. Click the three dots in the top right hand corner of the app store.
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under Home, change the Update apps automatically option to OFF

This will stop Kodi from updating by itself in the future.

Note that this will not go back in time and stop Kodi from updating from v18 to v19.

Comment below or let us know on Twitter if you are having any trouble.

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