How to Delete iPhone Update Step by Step

  1. Published on Jun 28, 2022
  2. Updated on Jun 28, 2022
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Although they can bring significant improvements to the function of a device, new iOS updates tend to be buggy and can cause some issues with the device.

Therefore, it is not uncommon for some people to delete the iPhone update and go back to a previous stable version of iOS.

If you are looking to uninstall or delete an iPhone update, this article will be very useful.

Here, we will not only show you how to delete an iPhone update, but also a simple way to stop an iOS update after it has already started.

How to Delete iPhone Update

To uninstall the latest iOS update on your device and go back to a previous version follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device.
  • Step 2: Then tap on “General” to access the device’s general settings.
  • Step 3: Tap on “iPhone Storage” and scroll down to locate the iOS version on your device
  • Step 4: Click on it to select it and then tap “Delete Update.”
  • Step 5: Tap “Delete Update” in the popup that appears to confirm that you want to delete the update.

If you want to download a new copy of the iOS update, you can then go to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install.

How to Delete iPhone Update

Can I Stop an iPhone Update in the Middle?

Yes, you can stop and iOS update process during 2 sections of the update process: when downloading the update and during installation.

This is because the wireless (OTA) update takes place in two stages: the update files are first downloaded to the device and then the iPhone uses the files to update the device.

But there is no button that you can use to stop the update process. The only way to do it is to disconnect the device from the internet.

Doing this will stop the download of the update files even if the download process is partially complete.

One of the best ways to quickly disconnect the device from the internet is to enable Airplane Mode. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Control Center on your device. You can do that by swiping from the top right corner for iPhone and newer or swiping from the bottom of the screen for older iPhone models.

Step 2: Tap on the “Airplane Mode” icon in the Control Center so that it lights up. Then tap on an empty section of the screen to close the Control Center.

Airplane Mode

Step 3: To confirm that the update has been stopped, go to Settings > General > Software Update and if the “Download” button is highlighted, the download has stopped.

Software Update

How to Control Automatic Downloads and Installs of iOS Update

If you have set your iPhone to install iOS updates automatically, you may want to reconfigure these settings so you can have more control over when updates are installed on your device.

Use these steps to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap “General” and then select “Software Update.”

Step 3: Tap “Automatic Updates” and you should see the following options:

Download iOS Updates: This option allows you to control how updates will be downloaded. Turning off this option will also disable the second option. But if you want to automatically download updates but choose when you can install them, keep this option enabled and configure the second option.

Install iOS Update: This option allows you to choose when updates that have already been downloaded will be installed. If you want to manually install the updates on your iPhone, turn off this option.

Control Automatic Downloads and Installs of iOS Update


Updating your iPhone is very important, but if you want more control over how the updates are downloaded and installed on your device, the options we have outlined above will be very useful to you.

Now you can wait for a more stable version of iOS that will not cause any problems.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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