How to delete downloaded software update on iPhone and iPad

Written By Arshmeet Reviewed By How-to iPad iPhone 2 Min Read

Although software updates on iPhones and iPads are essential, sometimes you don’t want to download them due to your device’s storage capacity. However, iOS automatically downloads the updates on your device, thereby acquiring space.

If that’s the case with you, learn how to delete the software update downloaded on your iPhone and iPad.

Note: If you’re on the latest iOS version, you won’t find the option to delete the update. Additionally, the update can be deleted only if it’s downloaded. Installing the update will remove the option to delete it.

Extra info: If your iPhone is running iOS 15 beta and you don’t find it convenient, check our explainer on how to downgrade to iOS.

How to remove software update download from iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone/iPad Storage.
  4. Under this section, scroll and locate the iOS version and tap it.

    Remove software update download from iPhone
  5. Tap Delete Update.
  6. Tap Delete Update again to confirm the process.

    Tap Delete Update from iPhone's Settings app

Note: if you’re on iOS 10 or earlier, look for Storage and iCloud usage under Settings. Then tap Manage Storage to locate the software update and delete it.


Q. Will it be ok if I remove the software update?

Removing the update is not a problem. You can delete it if your device is running low on space or if you plan to update to the latest version.

Q. How do I download the software update again after deleting it?

To download the update again, go to Settings → tap General → tap Software Update → tap Download and install.

That’s it! This is how you can delete the software update from your iPhone and iPad. Facing any problem related to this? Share your queries in the comments below.

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By Arshmeet Senior Writer
A self-professed Geek who loves to explore all things Apple. I thoroughly enjoy discovering new hacks, troubleshooting issues, and finding and reviewing the best products and apps currently available. My expertise also includes curating opinionated and honest editorials. If not this, you might find me surfing the web or listening to audiobooks.