Apple’s policy regarding operating system updates is clear and simple. For security reasons, any update, regardless of the number of innovations, must be installed on all compatible devices. Only in this way, according to the developers, it will be possible to avoid fragmentation and protect users from all kinds of vulnerabilities. But there are times when you just want to avoid the update. This is possible even if the process has already begun.

You can cancel the update process at any time during the download phase. If the download has already been completed, and the installation status indicator appears on the screen, it will not be possible to prevent it. In this article I will show you how to stop iOS update on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Prevent iOS Update Downloads?

To stop downloading the update and thereby prevent its unintentional installation in the future, you need to check at what stage the update process is:

  • To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update;
How to Stop iPhone Update?
  • You will see the characteristic inscription “Loading…”;
  • Now return to the Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage;
  • Scroll down the list of installed applications until you find the update tab;
  • Open it, and then click “Uninstall Update”.

Now, when you return to the section with updates, you will see that the current build of iOS is not yet loaded.

Read more: How to Turn Off Background App Refresh in iOS?

How to Permanently Disable iOS Updates?

There is a lot of information on the network that, if necessary, you can permanently ban updates to the operating system. I myself did not resort to such a solution, and I cannot guarantee the operability of your device.

Here I will describe a way to flush the profile, but please think again before flashing it:

  • To do this, download the active tvOS 12.1.2 beta profile from here to the device (yes, it is tvOS!);
  • Confirm installation;
  • Wait for reboot;
  • And then go to the “Software Update” section and make sure that the system no longer offers you updates, saying that you have the most current version installed.

Of course, it’s possible to understand that the trick worked only if your device is running one of the previous OS builds.

What tricks and tips do you use for Apple gadgets? Share them in the comments below.


Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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