If the "Install Now" and "Remind Later" alert re-appears, check in your Storage & iCloud Usage and delete the update again.
You can turn off Wi-Fi to never see the update again, but we think this is slightly extreme.
You'll still get alerts from the App Store when Apple releases a new version. But these only come along every few months; not daily.
How block Apple updates from your Wi-Fi router
One last option, noted by our friends over on OSXDaily, is to block the Apple Software Update Domains on your router. This is a nuclear option for those who never want to see another update again.
The process for blocking the Apple Software Update Domains varies depending on the router. Typically you'll have to open your router's web-based interface, find a service called "Domain Blocking" or "Domain Block" and enter these two domains:
Each router is different. Here are the instructions for a Virgin Broadband router.
- Open the Safari web browser and enter the MAC address from the admin site. Ours is http://192.168.0.1. You'll often find this listed on the back of the router.
- Enter the password for the router. Again, you'll often find the default password on the back of your modem/router.
- Click Advanced Settings
- Click Domain Blocking (underneath Parental Controls)
- Add appldnld.apple.com into Domain To Block and click Add Domain.
- Add mesu.apple.com and click Add Domain
- Click Apply and Yes.
You'll no longer be able to download updates. Note that this prevents software update from working completely. When you click Software Update on your iPad or iPhone, you'll see "Unable to Check For Update."
It's a bit extreme way to prevent software updates, but some users may be determined to keep the latest version. We think it's wiser to tap Update Later and accept the update to the latest version of the software.
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