How to Turn Off Auto Update on iPhone

Only update when you want to

What to Know

  • Turn off automatic app updates: Tap Settings > App Store > move App Updates slide to off/white
  • Turn off auto OS updates: Tap Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates > move Download iOS Updates to off/white.
  • To turn off automatic app downloads, tap Settings > App Store > move Apps slide to off/white

This article explains how to turn off auto-updates for apps and the OS on the iPhone.

How Do I Stop My iPhone From Updating Apps?

Downloading and installing app updates automatically can save you time and a lot of taps on your phone. But if you want full control over the software on your phone and how you use data, you can turn off auto app updates by following these steps:

  1. Tap Settings.

    Screenshot of the iPhone home screen showing the Settings app
  2. Tap App Store.

    Screenshot of the Settings app, showing the App Store menu
  3. Move App Updates slider to off/white.

    Screenshot showing the automatic app updates option disabled
  4. If you have limited data, but still want to have up-to-date apps, there's another option. Keep App Updates turned on (the slider will be green), but to go to the Cellular Downloads section and move Automatic Downloads to off/white. With that, apps will only auto update using Wi-Fi.

You may also want to move the Apps slider to off/white. When you download an app on one Apple device, the app can automatically be downloaded to all other your other compatible devices signed into the same iCloud account. Disabling this setting prevents apps downloaded on other Apple devices from being automatically downloaded to this device.

How Do You Turn Off Automatic OS Updates in iPhone Settings?

Just like with apps, iOS updates can be automatically downloaded to your iPhone. These updates are large—sometimes multiple gigabytes—so they can drain your battery and use up your limited data. Technically only the download of the OS is automatic. It doesn't install automatically; you still have to choose when to install it. Still, you may want more control. If so, turn off automatic OS updates
by following these steps:

  1. Tap Settings.

    Screenshot of the iPhone home screen showing the Settings app
  2. Tap General.

    Screenshot of the Settings app, showing the General menu
  3. Tap Software Update.

    Screenshot of the Settings app, showing the Software Update menu
  4. Tap Automatic Updates.

    Screenshot of the Software Update settings, showing the Automatic Updates menu
  5. Move the Download iOS Updates slider to off/white.

    Screenshot of the Download iOS Updates menu being disabled

Why Turn Off Auto Updates?

Setting your iPhone to update apps automatically and the OS can be helpful. When you do that, you'll always be running the latest versions and have the newest bug fixes, which is particularly important for iOS updates since they can include security patches. But sometimes, you won't want to auto-update your iPhone, especially if you have limited cellular data each month or low battery life that you need to save.

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