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How To Disable Automatic Updates on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Disable Automatic Updates on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to disable automatic updates on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution, keeps your system secure and up-to-date by automatically managing updates. While this is undoubtedly a valuable feature, some users may have reasons for wanting to disable automatic updates. Perhaps you have specific needs for manual control or simply prefer to update your system on your own terms.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step disable automatic updates on Ubuntu 22.04. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Disable Automatic Updates on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. Disabling Unattended-Upgrades.

Unattended-Upgrades is the package responsible for managing automatic updates on Ubuntu. Before disabling it, let’s check its status:

sudo systemctl status unattended-upgrades

Inspect the output of the above command. If Unattended-Upgrades is active, you’ll see it in the ‘Active’ line. If it’s inactive, you can proceed to the next step.

To disable Unattended-Upgrades, run the following command:

sudo systemctl stop unattended-upgrades
sudo systemctl disable unattended-upgrades

To ensure that Unattended-Upgrades has been successfully disabled, run the status command again:

sudo systemctl status unattended-upgrades

Step 2. Turning Off Apt-Daily Services.

Apt-Daily services are responsible for checking and downloading updates daily. You can stop and disable these services using the following commands:

sudo systemctl stop apt-daily.service
sudo systemctl stop apt-daily-upgrade.service
sudo systemctl stop apt-daily.timer
sudo systemctl stop apt-daily-upgrade.timer

Now, disable them:

sudo systemctl disable apt-daily.service
sudo systemctl disable apt-daily-upgrade.service
sudo systemctl disable apt-daily.timer
sudo systemctl disable apt-daily-upgrade.timer

Ensure that Apt-Daily services are no longer active by running:

systemctl list-timers --all

To verify that the services are no longer running, use:

systemctl status apt-daily.service
systemctl status apt-daily-upgrade.service

Step 3. Disable Automatic Updates via GUI.

Now open the “Software & Updates” utility and check under the Updates tab, look for “automatically check for updates,” and change this option to never:

Disable Automatic Updates on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 4. Best Practices for Managing Updates.

1. Regularly Monitoring Security Updates

Stay informed about security updates by subscribing to Ubuntu’s security notices. Address security patches promptly to keep your system secure.

2. Creating Backup and Restore Points

Before making significant changes, create backups or snapshots of your system. In case something goes wrong during updates, you can revert to a stable state.

3. Keeping Track of Software Sources

Be cautious about adding external software sources. These can affect your system’s stability and security. Stick to official Ubuntu repositories whenever possible.

While automatic updates are essential for security and stability, it’s crucial to choose an update strategy that aligns with your specific needs and expertise. Ultimately, the decision to disable automatic updates should be made after considering the implications and alternatives.

Congratulations! You have successfully disabled automatic updates. Thanks for using this tutorial to disable automatic updates on your Ubuntu system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Ubuntu website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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