Auto-update is a great feature that keeps your iPhone’s software and apps up to date. It ensures that you have the latest features and minimizes the chance of a bug or glitch.
But it’s not without its drawbacks, particularly if you have a limited or capped data plan. Major iOS updates can run into the gigabytes and eat your data faster than usual.
- Go to Settings
Apple’s default settings enable iPhone apps and the operating system to update automatically, which can be a helpful feature that ensures you’ll always have the latest features and bug fixes. However, some users are not happy with the way the process works because it often causes their device to download and install an iOS update when they don’t want or need it. This can happen when they’re in the middle of a business call or other important event and the iPhone starts downloading a software update over their cellular data plan, which can be costly.
Another issue is that the updates can eat up battery life, causing the phone to drain much faster than usual. This can be a problem especially for those who use the device heavily and have limited cellular data each month or if they’re close to hitting their cap. So for these reasons and others, some users will want to disable automatic updates on their iPhones.
Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to disable the feature if you don’t want it running in the background. The first step is to head to the Settings app and then swipe up until you find iTunes and App Store. Then, simply move the toggle switch to white/off to disable the option.
After this, you can manually update apps in the same manner as before — either using Wi-Fi or over your cellular connection if that’s what you prefer. However, if you want to re-enable the auto updates feature, simply tap the toggle switch in the green/on position again.
If you’re not sure which option is best for you, the best thing to do is to try out both options for a few days and see how each one performs for your needs. This will give you a clear idea of which option you want to stick with for the long term, and you’ll be able to update your devices as needed without worrying about the potential impact on performance or battery life.
Updating mobile software is very important, so don’t skip out on putting in the extra effort to keep up with new releases. But if the benefits of having updates enabled don’t outweigh the disadvantages, then by all means disabling them is the way to go.
- Tap General
The Automatic Update feature on the iPhone allows you to automatically download and install iOS updates over night, if they’re available. This is great if you want to make sure that your device has the latest features and fixes without any effort on your part. However, some people may not like the idea of having their apps updating themselves without their knowledge. Especially when the update is not needed or will cause issues on their device. This article will show you how to disable this feature on your iPhone if it is bothering you.
This is an easy thing to do on most iPhone devices. All you need to do is go into the Settings app, then tap General. Scroll down to the bottom and find the ‘Updates’ section. You should see a switch that says “Download and Install Overnight” with a toggle button in the on position. To turn it off, just tap the toggle button to make it off.
Once you have the toggle switch turned off, your iPhone will not automatically download and install the latest iOS updates. However, you will still be able to manually download and install iOS updates at any time. This will also help you save data usage if you have a limited mobile plan.
Depending on your situation, you might need to turn on the “Update Over Wi-Fi Only” option. This way, your iPhone will only download and install iOS updates over Wi-Fi, rather than using your mobile data. This will also prevent your iPhone from using up a lot of your mobile data if you are not on an unlimited plan.
One of the main reasons to keep auto-updates on is that it will ensure that you have the most current version of each app. This will ensure that you have the best user experience, with the fewest bugs and glitches possible. It will also ensure that you have the most up to date security fixes if there is ever a new vulnerability discovered in any of your apps.
However, if you have the toggle switch turned off, you will need to manually update each app. When you open the App Store, you can tap the Updates tab at the bottom of the screen to view pending updates and release notes for each app. You can then choose to update each app separately or update them all at once by tapping Update All.
- Tap Software Update
Updates to your iPhone software and apps are a good thing. They provide a better overall experience, reduce glitches and errors, and help your phone stay safe and secure. However, if you have a busy schedule and don’t want to be interrupted by an automatic download during your lunch break or before an important conference call, you can take steps to disable updates on your iPhone automatically. The process is simple and requires just a few steps.
First, it’s important to remember that a sufficient amount of battery power is required to install an iOS update. To prevent your iPhone from running out of power during the installation process, make sure that it is charged to at least 50% before attempting an update. If you don’t have enough battery power to complete an update, it will be delayed until you are able to charge your device again.
By default, iPhones will only download operating system updates overnight while they’re charging and connected to Wi-Fi. However, if you have an iPhone 12 or newer and a 5G connection, you can enable the option to download updates over your wireless data network as well.
If you choose to use your mobile data connection to download updates, your iPhone will drain its battery faster and may incur additional charges depending on your plan. To reduce the impact on your battery, you can also disable the option to download app updates over your mobile data network if you’d like.
While disabling iOS updates can be helpful for your phone’s battery life, it may not be a practical solution if you need to keep up with professional email or calendar events. Fortunately, you can use the Settings app to manually install or decline individual iOS updates, allowing you to stay on top of any critical events or urgent messages.
If you’re on a limited data plan, it’s a good idea to limit how much data your phone uses by setting restrictions in the Settings app. You can also use the Storage and iCloud Usage menu to set usage limits on individual apps or services.
- Tap Turn Off
The automatic app updates feature is a handy way to ensure that your iPhone gets updated whenever an update becomes available. But many people find it annoying to have installers for apps that they don’t want installed clogging up their storage, or to get those nagging alert windows saying “Update now” or “Remind me later.” Fortunately, you can turn off auto-update and keep your iPhone running smoothly.
The Settings app has a number of options that let you control how and when the system updates apps on your phone or tablet. You can even set it to only update apps over Wi-Fi, or you can limit that to mobile data only when your carrier offers a reasonable limit on how much mobile data you can use in any given month.
Many users dislike the impact that automatic downloads and installation of software updates have on their battery life, especially if they are using a large number of apps that often receive updates. It’s also not a great idea to have installers for software you don’t want or need sitting around on your device taking up valuable storage space.
To make these problems less irritating, there are a few things you can do. One is to simply turn off the toggle next to “Download iOS Updates Over Cellular Data,” which should eliminate most or all of these issues for you. The other option is to disable all of the choices under the Automatic Downloads category in the Settings app. This will prevent the system from automatically installing any apps or operating systems overnight.
You can still update apps manually by tapping the profile icon on the Home screen, and then scrolling to see pending updates with their release notes. You can also tap the “Update All” button if you want to update all of your apps at once. Before updating, though, it’s a good idea to perform due diligence and check user experiences and feedback on Apple Support Communities or other trusted tech forums or websites.
Some people may not be willing to go all the way and turn off automatic updates entirely, in which case they can choose to delete a specific update instead of deleting all installers for unwanted apps. However, they should also know that this will not protect their phones from a security threat if the apps aren’t updated to the latest version and have been hacked or compromised by malware or viruses.