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But did you know that when you connect your iPhone and iPad to the Internet via Wi-Fi, software updates (iOS) are automatically downloaded to the device’s memory and this cannot be prohibited?
If you agree to voluntarily give part of the free memory to your iPhone or iPad for the new version of iOS, pass by. “Under the cut” information on how to prevent the automatic downloading of software updates to iOS devices, how to remove the downloaded update and how to prevent it from being downloaded “automatically” in the future.
With the release in 2011 of iOS 5.0, the owners of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad were able to update the firmware of their devices “over the air”, the so-called OTA update (OverTheAir). At the same time, the software update is downloaded over the Wi-Fi wireless network and the update process takes place on the device itself.
This is certainly a big step forward, but at the same time, we, the users of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, have got a new headache, the software update is downloaded to the device’s memory in the background automatically and without our consent.
Why disable automatic download of software updates on iPhone and iPad
If there is a lot of memory (non-operational) in your device (32, 64 or 128 GB) and most of it is empty all the time, you don’t have to think about prohibiting downloading updates. But if the free space in the iPhone or iPad is “worth its weight in gold” and whenever you need to write something into it (video, photo, install the application), you have to delete something, the space saved on updating the software will be very useful.
The size of software updates, for example iOS 8, for various types of devices (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad) and models (iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, etc.) can reach from 0.9 to 1.1 GB. And if the memory in your device is only 8 GB, only a firmware update will take about 15%.
When software updates are downloaded to iPhone and iPad automatically
Remember, firmware updates (also called iOS) are downloaded to iPhone and iPad automatically only when the device is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and even when the device is not connected to a power source, but works on battery power. On a cellular network (mobile Internet), software updates are not downloaded.
Avoid automatically downloading iOS updates to iPhone and iPad
Suppose your device runs on firmware 7.1.2 and Apple has released the iOS 8.0.2 update. A software update for your device is available for download, which you will be notified immediately in iTunes.
Until you independently go to the Device Settings in the “Basic. Software update ”and a request for updates will not be sent to the Apple server, the download of the new version of iOS will not start.
The command to download updates to the iPhone and iPad receives at the same time as a request to find updates in “Settings. The main ones. Software Update ”, and in order to prevent this, on an iPhone or iPad connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, do not go to the“ Software Update ”menu.
As soon as you do this and the update search request is sent to the Apple server, it will be impossible to cancel the download, it can only be stopped.
How to stop downloading software updates to iPhone and iPad over Wi-Fi
As I said, it is impossible to completely cancel the download of software updates that has begun. The only way to stop it is to disconnect the iPhone or iPad from the Internet via a wireless Wi-Fi network. In this case, the download is not canceled, but only paused, and as soon as you reconnect the device to a Wi-Fi network with Internet access, the download will continue.
How to remove software update downloaded on iPhone and iPad
The memory of iOS devices can be freed from downloaded updates, but this is not always advisable. The only way to remove software updates from iPhone is to erase content and settings.
Why is it impractical, you ask? Yes, because in addition to firmware updates, invaluable data can be stored in the device’s memory (unique photos, family, phone book for thousands of numbers), which will be completely deleted as a result of erasing.
Of course, all the content can be transferred to a computer, creating a backup copy of the data and this will solve the problem, however, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong.
Those who own jailbroken iPhones or iPads are more fortunate. On devices with a jailbreak, it is not necessary to erase the content to remove software updates.
How to remove iOS update from iPhone and iPad with jailbreak
If you can brag of installed on your Cydia device, you can uninstall a downloaded software update in several ways at once:
- on iPhone and iPad in the iFile file manager;
- on a computer in the iFunbox and iTools file managers.
- Automatically , using Cydia tweaks Software Update Killer and iLex R.A.T.
The first method involves the uninstallation of software updates in the iFile (on the device) and iFunbox and iTools (on the computer) file managers.
How to remove software updates from iPhone and iPad directly from your device
Let me remind you, this method only works on devices with jailbreak for which access to iOS system files is allowed.
On your iPhone or iPad, launch Cydia, find and install the iFile file manager. Officially available in the BigBoss repository (added to Cydia by default), costs 4.00. You can find its hacked version in other repositories, for obvious reasons, I will not give a link.
Launch iFile and go along the path:
Delete all contents of the MobileSoftwareUpdate folder completely. Done, downloaded software updates from the device’s memory will be deleted.
How to remove iPhone and iPad software updates on a computer
- Connect the device to the computer with a USB cable and launch the iFunbox or iTools file manager, or any other that you are familiar with. Personally, I prefer the latter, download iTools for free at the link.
In iTools, go to the “Files” menu in the “File System (Jailbreak)” section.
Find the “MobileSoftwareUpdate” folder, located along the path:
and delete all its contents. Done!
How to remove software updates from iPhone and iPad using Cydia
The first one does not have its own shell (you will not find an icon on the desktop) is installed as an extension in Cydia and is intended only to remove updates (they are deleted immediately after installation). The second one has more functionality and allows not only to completely clear the iPhone and iPad from the contents, but also to remove all applications and tweaks from Cydia, and all this without losing the jailbreak and the need for reactivation.
The tweak descriptions indicate that all devices running iOS up to 6.x.x are supported. I can’t personally verify their performance, I have iOS 7.1.2 installed on my iPhone 5s and I don’t want to risk losing a jailbreak if something goes wrong, especially since it’s not difficult to remove updates by hand.
An interesting fact, even after cleaning the updates, if the device is reconnected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and request a check for updates in the “Software Update” menu, and if a new version of the firmware is available, it will be loaded into the device’s memory again automatically.
On iPhone and iPad with jailbreak, you can completely prohibit downloading updates and it is very simple.
How to prevent automatic download of software updates on iPhone and iPad with jailbreak
- In Cydia, find and install the tiny tweak “No Update”. It is located in the ModMy.com repository (http://apt.modmyi.com) and is distributed free of charge (no need to search for hacked versions).
Immediately after installation, Cydia will ask you to perform a “Respring”. rebooting the desktop (different from a full reboot).
Go to Settings. The main ones. Software update ”and make sure that the requests for searching for software updates are not fulfilled, i.e. checking for updates does not produce results.
From practice, in addition to “devouring” a significant share of the free space of iPhone and iPad, the “air update” of iOS can lead to serious problems in the form of “endless Recovery Mode”, which is not so easy to get out of without loss.
It is much easier not to request software updates (do not go to the appropriate menu in the settings) or to prohibit it completely (only on devices with jailbreaks).
If the update download has already occurred, but you have not yet started the OTA update (it is fraught with problems), the archive with the new firmware can be deleted by erasing the content and resetting the settings, but before that, take care of the safety of your data: transfer photos ands to the computer, create Back up your device to iTunes or iCloud.
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