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When there’s a new software update available for your iOS device, it will be automatically downloaded whenÂ you connect to a Wi-Fi network.Â While this is not a big issue, the most annoying part is that you will receive constant reminders and popups to update your device to theÂ latest firmware.
Additionally, someÂ iOS updatesÂ consume a lot of space so if you’re running low on storage, then keeping these updatesÂ on your device is not an option. Luckily, there is a way to delete the downloaded software updates from your iPhone and iPad andÂ put an end to the constant reminders, as well as free up some space.
Here’s how to delete an iOS update from yourÂ iPhone or iPad.
How to Delete an iOS Software Update from iPhone or iPad
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2:Â Go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage.
Step 3: Tap on Manage Storage.
Step 4: Here you’ll find a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone or iPad as well as the storage space that they consume. The downloaded software update will be displayed on this list as well. FindÂ and tap on it to open.
Step 5:Â Now tap on the Delete Update button to remove the downloaded software update from your device.
Once you delete it, you’ll no longer receiveÂ the annoying update prompts and popups. However, the downside is that the update will be downloaded again the next time you connect to Wi-Fi.Â Unfortunately, you cannotÂ disableÂ the automatic download of software updates, but there isÂ a workaround.
How to Disable Automatic Download of iOS Software Updates
While Apple doesn’t allow you to disableÂ the automatic download of software updates, you canÂ block the Apple Software Update Domains from your router. This prevents your iPhone from connecting to Apple servers for downloading the update. Keep in mind, updating your iPhone in good practice, so we can’t recommend blocking updates, but it is possible.
The method for blocking the Apple Software Update Domains differs for eachÂ router. Basically, youÂ open your router’s web-based control panel or interface and look for an option called “Domain Blocking” or “Domain Block”. There you’ll enter the following two domains:
This will prevent your iOS device from connecting to the above domains when there’s an update available, thereby preventing the software update from being downloaded.
Keep in mind that by blocking these domains on your router,Â any Apple device connected to your network will not be able to download the software updates. However, you can remove theseÂ domains at any time from your router’s configuration.