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How to block automatic iPhone updates

Is your iPhone harassing you daily with its update requests? In some situations, it is better to temporarily postpone the installation of a new iOS version. In this tutorial we will see how to stop or block iPhone updates.

Disable automatic iOS updates

As you probably know, there is no option in iPhone settings to prevent iOS updates from downloading. This can be a problem, especially when the new version contains bugs.

We sometimes forget it but each new version of iOS brings its share of bugs and inconveniences. Recently, the versions of iOS 13 contained some anomalies affecting the battery and the playback of content.

Many users complained about a decrease in autonomy of their iPhone. The battery seemed to discharge too quickly. In such a situation, you should wait a few days before updating your iPhone. This will give Apple time to correct them.

We will now see how to prevent the installation of an update on an iPhone. To do this you will just have to open the settings of your iPhone, equivalent to the Windows control panel.

  • Click on the gear icon
  • Press the general button
  • Select the software update option
  • Click on the automatic updates section
  • Deactivate the automatic update switch

This manipulation will prevent your iPhone from installing the updates. But be careful, the notifications asking you to update iOS will continue to appear on the screen of your smartphone.

To make them disappear, you will have no other choice than to delete the previously downloaded update. You will find all the explanations in the link opposite. In addition to blocking iOS alerts, this manipulation also allows you to free up space in your iPhone’s memory.

Cancel an iOS update being downloaded

Once the download has started, there is no way to stop it. If you don’t want to saturate your memory unnecessarily, you’ll have to temporarily block the internet connection of your iPhone.

  • Open the iPhone Control Center by sliding your finger from the top to the middle of the screen
  • On phones with an edge-to-edge screen (iPhone X and higher), slide your finger down from the top right corner of the screen
  • Then press the airplane icon to block the internet connection on your smartphone

Please remember that iOS updates are essential to protect your device and close security holes. Some of them also bring new features to your phone. That’s why your iPhone should be updated regularly.

You should never leave an iPhone with an outdated version of iOS. It may have security vulnerabilities and put your data at risk. Always keep in mind that the updates offered by the iPhone contain in the vast majority of cases security patches.

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