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I do not prefer automatic updates because they can change the function of an app unexpectedly as well as use bandwidth when I am trying to do something else on the internet.

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Background app refreshing is just checking for new content and updating it in the app while the app is running in the background. I've never heard of an app actually updating itself and calling it a background refresh, and if it did that would certainly be a case of the developers mistaking the meaning of 'background refresh'.

Automatic updating is usually a separate setting (either in the app's preferences or the app store, depending upon which app you are talking about).

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