How To Cancel An Update On iPhone

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It’s always a bit annoying when your iPhone starts downloading and installing things automatically without your knowledge. It’s unnerving.

Generally, most people don’t really care about the new updates as they’re happy using their iPhones the way it is with their simple and easy features. If nothing is broken in the phone, why try to fix it? They have lived all their lives without the new updates and they can certainly survive without them.
But there is a reason behind these automatic updates, our iPhone updates automatically because Apple is constantly working on and updating their software features. Hence, they will need you to update to their latest software once they’re done to help give you an optimal experience with your iPhone. Of course, they see it as a necessity but to most of us, it gets pretty annoying because we never asked for it.

Is It Necessary To iOS Update On iPhone?


Well, the updates are made to help improve the user experience and get your iOS to a more suitable and safe state. These improvements are always very minute, you might not even notice that changes were made. Either way, Apple are constantly working on fixing things like:

iOS Bugs

These are errors that cause the software to crash or develop problems with its functionality. An example of a bug could be that your phone would be having difficulties in connecting with a Wi-Fi network, you will be experiencing issues trying to carry out a particular task that was once normal. These bugs are a result of your iOS being outdated as it needs to be fixed/updated. Updating your iOS will introduce you to smoother performances with your iPhone but the chances of experiencing these bugs are very low despite the fact that you haven’t updated your iOS. You may still notice bugs after updating, it doesn’t really matter.


iOS Security Updates

This is to make your iPhone less vulnerable security wise. It is because of this feature that iPhones don’t install antivirus apps because it is safe already. These security changes are barely noticeable because Apple already has extremely tight security. If you’re not hiding highly confidential things like the president’s password, then this shouldn’t even concern you. The chances that your iPhone will get hacked is very low whether you update it or not. This security feature also stops you from visiting some harmful sites but at the same time it also stops you from visiting some useful ones too because of its strict regulation.


New Version Of iOS

Apple has been adding numerous features to the newer versions of their iOS updates. As numerous as they are, they aren’t as important as you might think. There are so many features that could be named and you won’t even know them even if you updated your iOS. You barely won’t get to use them and they do not have profound effects on how you handle your iPhone. New features or not, you can still have the best user experience with what you’re using.

After working on all of these things (and more), Apple would need you to update to get and experience the new features they had applied. But after all of this, if you still decide to stay without updating your iOS, your iPhone will still carry out its normal functions without issues of any kind.

The changes on the latest iOS updates aren’t that much and you will be totally fine without them. Sometimes, updating your iOS can lead to slow performance on your phone. Some iPhones have been known to lag once they switched to higher versions of iOS, for example some iPhone 6 are known to lag after updating to iOS 13, a general rule is that the updates aren’t that necessary but the choice is really up to you.

If you feel you need the latest updates, you can go ahead to update your iPhone if that sounds good to you. One thing to note is that after updating your iOS, there is no way you can go back to what you were using before, there’s no going back. You have to stick to your new choice.


How Do You Stop Your iPhone From Updating Automatically?

The reason your iOS keeps updating is because you haven’t turned off its automatic update, if you are bent on stopping the unnecessary updates, there is a clear way you can stop it for good. Without much talking let’s get to the nitty gritty of how it’s done.

  • Go to your IOS settings
  • Tap on General> software update.
  • Tap on automatic updates.
  • Turn off “Download iOS updates”.

This method will stop your iPhone from downloading and updating things unnecessarily without your approval. It’s that easy. 

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Can You Stop An iPhone Update That’s Already In Progress?

Absolutely. If there’s an update that’s currently in progress don’t fret, you can easily stop it. Here’s how:

  • Turn on airplane mode (the download will automatically stop because there’s no connection).
  • Go to your iPhone Settings and click “General”.
  • Click on iPhone Storage.
  • After clicking on iPhone storage, you have to scroll down and tap on the iPhone update file.
  • Click Delete Update.
  • Confirm.

After completing the above steps, you can turn off your airplane mode and carry on doing what you want.


What Happens If You Interrupt An iPhone Update?

Interrupting the updates doesn’t cause any major harm to your device. The only thing that could happen is that the update file that was downloading would be broken when you stop the downloading process.

There’s no issue to that, the broken file will be deleted if you follow the processes above. The files itself has no use at this point, that’s why it’s being deleted. As you see, there’s nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iOS 13 or 11, you can still make the most of your iPhone as it is and enjoy it at its optimal state.



With the above tips you can stop and cancel any updates on your iPhone with extreme ease. At the same time, you can also return everything back to its default settings anytime you feel ready to update your iPhone automatically. Changing these settings will not cause any harm to your phone as you can enjoy using your iPhone with or without the updates.


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