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How to stop iOS nagging you to update to the latest version

Lucy Hattersley | July 6, 2016
If you're fed up with iOS Software Update alerts, this feature shows you how to disable them.

Apple likes to make sure you're on the latest version of iOS (its operating system for iPhone and iPad). For many people, this is a good thing. But not everybody wants to update to the latest version of iOS.

This article is for those frustrated souls who just wish their iPhone or iPad, would stop throwing up an alert saying "Software Update" with the only options being "Install Tonight" or "Remind Me Later."

How to stop iOS nagging you to update to the latest version: why does Apple do this?

How to stop iOS nagging you to update to the latest version

The bad news is there's no easy way to stop iOS from repeatedly throwing this alert at you. Apple wants as many people as possible on the latest version of iOS for many reasons: improved performance, security fixes and to block hacks like jailbreaking.

To encourage people to get on the latest version of iOS, Apple implemented a feature called Automatic Downloads. This download updates in the background, and once it is downloaded, you are pushed to install it. Apple typically installs the software update at night when the iPhone, or iPad, is plugged in and charging.

The reason you are getting these alerts is because Automatic Updates has downloaded the latest update to iOS, and the update is currently sitting on your iPhone (or iPad) and waiting to be activated.

How to turn off Automatic Updates

Turn off Automatic Updates in iOS

Automatic Updates are enabled by default, so you'll need to turn them off. This won't help with the current update, but it will stop you from getting these messages in future. So the first thing you should do is dive into settings and turn Automatic Updates off:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap iTunes & App Stores.
  3. Set Updates underneath "Automatic Downloads" to Off.

This will prevent iOS from downloading updates in future, although you'll still need to deal with the update you've downloaded.

How to delete the downloaded update

How to delete a downloaded iOS update

Now it's time to get rid of the update on your iPhone or iPad. This will prevent iOS from throwing up the update alert at you every day:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap the first Manage Storage option (below "Storage" not "iCloud").
  5. Locate the iOS update. It should be iOS followed by numbers, i.e., "iOS 9.3.2."
  6. Tap Delete Update.
  7. Tap Delete Update in the Delete Update alert window.

Turning off Automatic Updates and deleting the latest update from your Storage will prevent you from getting the alert windows in the future. Some users have reported that iOS re-downloads the update when the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi

 

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