Disable and Re-enable automatic updates

If a bug or feature leaves you wishing to halt updates temporarily or permanently, follow these great instructions below.


[ALL credit to Lasse Bachmann, the community member who posted these instructions originally here.]




It's relatively easy to disable automatic updates:

The automatic updates are handled by the update_engine, service started at boot: If you disable this boot configuration, it won't check for updates at all!

Here's how to do this (type or copy / paste lines not starting with #. DO NOT copy "<enter>" ;-) :


Open crosh by pressing "Alt + Ctrl + t"

#1 drop to linux shell:

shell <enter>

#2 mount system writable (password is "chrome", without quotes):

sudo mount -o remount,rw / <enter>

#3 disable update-engine.conf by renaming it:

sudo mv /etc/init/update-engine.conf /etc/init/update-engine.conf.backup <enter>

#4 reboot your system:

sudo reboot <enter>


After the reboot your device will no longer check for updates! To re-enable automatic updates follow the steps above, but replace #3 with the following:

#3 enable update-engine.conf by renaming it:

sudo mv /etc/init/update-engine.conf.backup /etc/init/update-engine.conf <enter>

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    Lasse Bachmann

    NP hope it'll help ya'll. Note that you can test the compatibility of future build by writing to USB and booting without installing: if you log in and test and things are working it'll *MOST LIKELY* be safe to turn on automatic updates on to get the ota.

    Don't pin me up on this though, hence: *MOST LIKELY*

    Edited by Lasse Bachmann
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