How to disable OTA updates on any iPhone

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Over the Air (OTA) updates are a great way to deliver smartphone operating system installation files to users. On the iOS platform, this is usually done in the background. You won’t even get a notification when it is downloading. However, not everyone wants OTA updates. Some of the updates might come with bugs, or they could slow down your device. You can disable OTA updates easily, and you can do that on any iPhone.

Note that you can also disable OTA updates on jailbroken iPhones. All you need to do is install a Cydia repository. For non-jailbroken devices, follow these steps:

  1. First, delete any downloaded update on your phone. Go to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud, then tap on Manage Storage. Tap on the OTA update file awaiting installation and then tap Delete.
  2. Open Safari browser, then go to this GitHub repository:
  3. The website will give you an iOS software profile which you should download and install. This software profile comes from Apple TV OS, and it only has beta updates which won’t be downloaded to an iPhone.
  4. Once you install the profile, reboot your device and wait. When this is done, you won’t see any update prompts in the Software Update section. If you want to get OTA updates after that, simply uninstall the software profile you downloaded.

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