How to Stop an iOS Update in Progress

For whatever reason, you happen to change your mind and want to immediately cancel the iOS update while it's in progress. Jump right in quickly stop it!

Just a short while back you started updating software on your iPhone. Suddenly, your eyes spot the large size of the file and the amount of time you have to wait for it. You realize it’s not worth your time and wants to cancel iOS software update while it’s downloading on your iPhone or iPad.

Not just you, most of us have gone through this situation where we think it’s better to stay back. Even though Apple doesn’t offer a quick button to stop an iOS update that’s already in progress, it’s easy to postpone it. Let me walk you through the steps!

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How to Cancel an iOS Software Update That Has Already Started Downloading

Step #1. Assuming; you are downloading the latest software update on your iPhone or iPad.

Downloading the latest software update on iPhone

Now, launch Settings app and hit General.

Tap on Settings then General on iDevice

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Step #2. Tap on iPhone/iPad Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage in Settings

Step #3. Next, scroll down to the latest iOS version and tap on it.

Tap on latest iOS version in iPhone SettingsStep #4. Next up, tap on Delete Update.

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Tap on Delete Update in iPhone Settings

Step #5. Tap on Delete Update again in the popup to confirm that you want to remove the software update from your iOS device.

Tap on Delete Update to Cancel iOS Software Update While Downloading

That’s all!

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Later, if you want to go for the software update, simply head over to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update. Then, download and install it as usual.

Tap on Settings then General then Software Update on iPhoneWrapping up…

With iOS 12, Apple has introduced an option to auto-update software. It has both upsides and downsides. If you don’t find it helpful, you can choose to turn it off as well.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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