How to disable automatic OS updates on BlackBerry 10

Although the option to disable automatic OS updates on BlackBerry 10 has been in place since BlackBerry 10.2, it seems as though a lot of folks missed when it was added. In the CrackBerry Forums, I've read several posts from folks claiming they were 'forced' to update to BlackBerry 10.3.1, which arguably caused issues for some, and I can understand that feeling to a certain extent.

Rather than debating whether or not the updates were 'forced' or whether it was just a case of not knowing the option was there, it seems best to just inform everyone of the option and how to go about enabling and disabling automatic updates. It's a fairly simple process and there's not a lot to it so, let's just get right to it.

When a software update for your BlackBerry device is available and your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, software updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your device. When this feature is turned on, you aren't notified when an update starts installing, but you may be asked to restart your device to complete the installation.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Software Updates
  • At the bottom of the Software Updates page, go to Options
  • Under options, you'll see the slider to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates
  • Set it as you wish

Personally, I disable automatic updates on all my devices so I can be alerted when a new OS is being delivered but there is many reasons people may wish to stay on their current OS. App compatibility, feature removal, known bugs and more. Just keep in mind, if you keep delaying the update of an OS, there could come a point in time when it's mandatory for security reasons and, in that case, you really could be forced to update.