How to Disable OTA Updates on iPhone/ iPad

Over the Air (OTA) updates are the most fastest and common way for users to update their smartphone to the latest operating system. The OTA update files on iOS are downloaded in the background, so users don’t have to bother by a download pop-up in most of the cases.

However, there are still many iOS users don’t like the OTA update notifications. Some new updates rolled out by Apple for the iOS users come with bugs and might render a device slow, sometimes unusable. You can manually disable the OTA update notifications, but it is a waste of time and annoying at the same time.

So in this post, we will show you the way to disable these OTA updates rolling out for your devices as soon as they are released, and it doesn’t require a jailbreaking your device.

Steps to Disable OTA Updates on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Disabling the OTA updates on a jailbroken device is easy when you just need to install a Cydia repository to do the entire job, however, non-jailbroken users may not have that luck but you can still do it. Simply follow the given steps below:

  1. If the update has been already downloaded on your iPhone, you have to delete it first. Then go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud > Manage Storage. Move to the Storage tab, tap on the OTA update file awaiting installation, and then choose
  2. Launch Safari and go to this repository: github.io/app/NOOTA.mobileconfig
  3. This website will provide an iOS software profile for your iOS device to downloaded to your handset and prompt you for permission during installation. Just allow the permissions.
  4. The profile is extracted from the Apple TV OS. This OS currently just has beta updates, which means it is not possibly downloaded to iOS devices. This is a trick to prevent iOS OTA updates rolled out to your device.
  5. Once the profile is installed, reboot your device and wait for a while.
  6. After the reboot is done, you won’t see any update prompts inside Settings > General > Software Update.

Also see: How to download and install iNDS Emulator for iPhone on iOS 10.2

If you want to get OTA updates again, just uninstall the tvOS profile you have installed before.