How To Enable / Disable VS Code Auto Updates

If you are using Visual Studio Code (VS Code) and thinking about how to disable the automatic software updates of it and also how to disable the auto updates of its extensions as well then go through this article. In case you do not use the VS Code often and open the editor after a long gap and think to enable the auto updates back, this article also guides you to do it. Let us discuss in detail the different methods to enable or disable the auto updates of  VS Code.


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Method 1: Enable/Disable VS Code Auto Update Using Settings

 

Step 1: Open the VS code and at the bottom left corner, click on the gear-like symbol.

 

Gear Icon

 

Step 2: In the appeared list click on Settings.

 

Settings

 

Step 3: In the search bar type update and hit enter. Find for Update: Mode

Step 4: In the dropdown select none to disable the auto updates.

 

Update None

 

Step 5: If you want to enable auto updates select default from the drop-down list.

 

Update Default


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Step 6: It will ask for a Restart click on restart.

 

Restart

Method 2: Enable/Disable VS Code Auto Update Using JSON File

 

Step 1: Open the VS code and at the bottom left corner, click on the gear-like symbol.

Step 2: In the appeared list click on Settings.

 

Gear Settings

 

 

Step 3: On the top right corner click on File like icon which is called open settings JSON.


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File Option

 

Step 4: This will open the settings.json file

Step 5: Search for update.mode in the file if found, check for its value. To disable auto updates change the value to none. If you did not find update.mode key then add the below code before the end of curly braces.

"update.mode": "none"

 

Json None

 

Step 6: To enable auto updates, change the value to default. If you did not find update.mode key then add the below code before the end of curly braces.

"update.mode": "default"

Json Default

 

Step 7: Save the file using Ctrl + S keys together. And restart the system.

Method 3: Enable/Disable The Auto Update For VS Code Extensions Using Settings

 

Step 1: Open the VS Code and click on the gear icon which is in the left corner.

Step 2: Then click on Settings.

 

Gear Settings

 

Step 3: In the search bar type update and in the filtered data find Extensions: Auto Check Updates

Step 4: To disable the auto updates uncheck the box beside it.

 

Extensions Autocheck False

 

Step 5: To enable the auto updates the checkbox beside them must be ticked.

 

Extensions Autocheck True

 

Step 6: You must also check for the Extensions: Auto Update option in the filtered data. In the dropdown select None to disable the extensions auto update

 

Extensions Autoupdate None

 

Step 7: To enable, select All Extensions from the dropdown.

 

Extensions Autoupdate Default

Method 4: Enable/Disable The Auto Update For VS Code Extensions Using JSON File

 

Step 1: Open the VS Code and go to Settings, apart from clicking on the gear icon and then going to Settings you can also use Ctrl and, keys together (Ctrl +,) to open Settings.

Step 2: Click on file like symbol which is at the top right corner, to open the settings.json file.

 

File Option

 


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Step 3: To disable auto update, find for extensions.autoUpdate key from the JSON file, if present change the value to false as below. If the extensions.autoUpdate key is not present then add the below code just before the closing braces.

"extensions.autoCheckUpdates": false

"extensions.autoUpdate": false

 

Extension Json False

 

Step 4: To enable auto update, the value of extensions.autoUpdate must be true. If the extensions.autoUpdate key is not present add the below code just before the closing braces.

"extensions.autoCheckUpdates": true

"extensions.autoUpdate": true

 

Extension Json True

 

Good To Know

Let me tell you that apart from completely disabling auto updates or enabling it to automatically update the software without any intervention VS Code has other options as well.

You can manually check for updates and then if required you can install them. – For this, you need to set the update mode to manual, from the drop-down list.

 

Manual Update

Check for updates only on the startup – Set the update mode to start from the drop-down list.

 

Update Start

 

That’s it! Hope this article was helpful. Thank you!!

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