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Samsung DeX can work around disruptive app updates

Last updated: December 5th, 2022 at 17:11 UTC+01:00

Samsung DeX is one of my favorite features available on (some) Galaxy smartphones and tablets, and the desktop environment just keeps getting better with every new One UI update. Although there are limitations, I have come to enjoy using Samsung DeX on a daily basis. Even this particular article is written in DeX on my Galaxy S22+ using an external monitor and physical keyboard connected to an HDMI adapter.

But as they say, there is always room for improvement. And while I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about DeX — especially after One UI 5.0 — I really wish this great environment gave me the option to disable automatic app updates.

I’ve used Samsung DeX exclusively as a replacement for my PC for almost ten months and counting. I don’t regret my decision, but ever since I switched to Samsung DeX, the most annoying aspect has been the app’s automatic updates. Not only can they slow your UI to a crawl whenever that happens, but they can also force-close your apps while you’re using them.

I can’t remember how many times I closed my apps in the middle of my work because of the auto app refresh that started popping up in the background. Eventually, I reached a boiling point and decided to turn off automatic app updates from Google Play Store and Galaxy Store.

Samsung DeX needs a dedicated option for automatic app updates

While I’ve avoided automatic app updates by disabling the feature directly from the Play and Galaxy Stores, I really don’t want to keep this option disabled all the time, for example, when I’m using my Galaxy S22+ as a phone and not as a desktop replacement.

In other words, I wish the Galaxy Store and Play Store allowed users to schedule automatic app updates at specific times of the day. Or better yet, I wish Samsung would give DeX users the option to disable automatic app updates when DeX is in use, either through a toggle in the DeX settings menu or a routine we can customize to suit our leisure.

Until then, I was forced to keep automatic app updates disabled in the Galaxy Store and Play Store, and I hope I remember to check regularly for new updates manually. Since I honestly can’t be bothered to go to every app store and disable automatic app updates before I start using DeX, only to re-enable the option once I stop using DeX on my Galaxy phone or tablet every day. It’s a nuisance.

But to end this on a positive note, like I said, I love Samsung DeX, and the One UI 5.0 update certainly made it even better. With that in mind, I have high hopes that Samsung realizes how annoying automatic app updates can be for DeX users and that the company will provide a fix with a future update. We’ll keep you posted if that happens.