When Apple releases a new version of iOS, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch worldwide display a warning that there is a new operating system version in the form of a notification in the Settings app icon. In addition, if the device is connected to a WiFi network and power supply, the update file download also starts.
But… What if you don’t want to install that iOS update? Isn’t there any way to remove the update warning from the Settings icon ? Isn’t it possible to recover the storage space occupied by the update file which in some cases can take up to 2GB?
It is possible to do all this and in the following lines I explain you how to do it step by step.
The process for the iOS device to stop displaying the update warning and the process for removing the new operating system version installation file itself is the same. The steps to follow are as follows :
1.- Access Settings – General – Storage and iCloud .
2.- Touch the option Manage storage within the section Storage .
3.- You will see a list of all the apps installed on the device and the space each one takes up. In addition, you will also see the new version of iOS.
4.- Touch it and press the button Delete .
After these four steps the update file will be removed from your device and the notification that a new iOS version is available will also disappear . You could say that this is the way to ignore an iOS update for any reason.
Of course if at any time you want to update your device you can do so in the usual way, by going to Settings – General – Software Update or from iTunes. The only difference will be that the installation file will have to be downloaded again from Apple’s servers.
At the moment Apple does not allow to disable automatic downloads of new iOS versions and it does not look like they will allow it in the near future. Thanks to this feature and the ease of updating, iOS is one of the platforms with less fragmentation on the market and that brings many advantages for Apple (less security problems, greater stability, fewer different versions to maintain, etc, etc…).