How to Disable Updates in QuickBooks

By Kefa Olang

By default, QuickBooks, one of the premier accounting softwares, is set to install updates automatically as soon as they become available. These updates can include fixes to improve tasks such as tracking money, paying employees and preparing taxes. You can disable the automatic updating feature if you prefer to install QuickBooks updates on your own schedule. Disabling automatic updates is safe and will not interfere with the accounting software's features.

Open QuickBooks and click the "Help" menu located at the top of the program's interface.

Click the "Update QuickBooks" option to open the Update QuickBooks box, and then click the "Options" tab.

Click "No" in the Automatic Update section to disable QuickBooks updates. QuickBooks will no longer connect to an online server to download updates.


Automatic QuickBooks updates are required for subscriptions plans such as QuickBooks Pro Plus or QuickBooks Premier Plus. You can't disable automatic updates if you have any of these subscriptions.