How to Delete iOS Updates from Your iPhone & iPad

Sep 24, 2014 - 18 Comments

Flush iOS 8.0.1 buggy update

Don’t want to install an iOS update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? You can remove the iOS update from your device, which is really the best way to prevent accidentally installing and update or not installing one at all.

All users can easily delete any iOS update that has already been downloaded onto your iPhone, or iPad or iPod touch.


The ability to remove a software update from a device is not well known, but it works to remove the update completely, thereby eliminating the possibility of accidentally installing it. Here’s what you’ll want to do to:

How to Delete an iOS Update

  1. Open the Settings app and go to “General”
  2. Head to “Usage” and look for “iOS 8.0.1” (or whatever version you want to delete, eg “iOS 9.2.1”)
  3. Tap the “Delete” button and confirm the removal of the downloaded update from the device

Delete iOS Updates from an iPhone

This deletes the entire delta download from the iPhone, preventing any accidental installations of the iOS release, and also freeing up whatever storage capacity the update consumed.

This is not permanent and you can get the update again if you want it, obviously not what you’d want to do with the buggy iOS release. If you head to the OTA Software Update section of iOS Settings, you’ll be able to download the update again when it comes out.

For now, heading to Software Update will inform you the device is up to date, however.

And no, this is not the same as downgrading, it simply removes the uninstalled update from the device.

This trick became necessary when the original iOS 8.0.1 update proved to be a disaster for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, where it has led to a nonexistent cellular connection and malfunctioning Touch ID. This has forced users to restore or downgrade their iPhones to resolve the iOS 8.0.1 problem, a nuisance to say the least. While many users were able to avoid the iOS 8.0.1 update, others may have downloaded it onto their devices but haven’t yet installed it, with the update just sitting there waiting to install and wreak havoc on their device.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Jerry says:

    I deleted the iOS 8.0.1 update as you suggested and it is gone but I still have the indication on the Settings icon that there is an update available. Is there a way to get rid of it?
    When I go to the Software Update in Settings it indicates that iOS 8.0 is installed and the software is up to date.
    Thanks for all the good tips.

  2. Gary says:

    Nice toilet iOS releas update on And Update On Update On Update On Update On Update On Update On Update

  3. Rick says:

    There is no “Usage” button on my iPad under “settings”, “general”
    What’s next?

  4. Leafsley says:

    So how do I stop automatic updates in Windows 8, I mean iOS 8?

  5. Mann says:

    Not here ios 8.0.2 and delete
    where help me sir

  6. Chase says:

    I’m running 7.0.6 and have downloaded 8.1.2 I think it was. I want to delete it to save space, but it is not on the list when I go to settings>usage and look for it. I restarted the phone just in case, but it didn’t help. Any help would he appreciated my email is zeppelinfancb@aim.com.

  7. Kira says:

    Ok so I found exactly what you pointed out, but my brother said if I delete it there could be problems in my phone. Is that true?

  8. Jacklyn olivarez says:

    I updated my iPhone to the new software update and it totally swiped out my storage, is there anyway I can delete the update from my iPhone even thought I already updated it ?

    • paul says:

      No there is not any way that you can delete updates after they have been installed, you’ll have to delete apps, or some messages, or pictures / videos

  9. derrick says:

    I don’t have nothing that say ios in storage, what do do now?

  10. John R says:

    I installed iOS 9 and now no touch entry. Have to go through pass code every time.Help!

  11. pacint says:

    I don’t know where you guys get that idea that there is IOS9.2 in storage?

    … thus it can not be deleted!
    Apple was a fascist and will stay one, making its customers experimental pigs!!!
    I should say making, forcing its customers to be an idiots!!!

    • Todd Buglewart says:

      pacint, if you have an iOS update that has not been installed yet, it will be available in Storage to delete. It’s that simple.

      Take your inflammatory political nonsense elsewhere, this isn’t Drudge Report.

      • Mel says:

        Hi, I’m actually having that problem too. My ipad 2 currently runs ios 6.1.3. In the Software Update, 9.2.1 is sitting and says downloaded. I have tried EVERY avenue to install it, but repeatedly tells me that I am no longer connected to the Internet – which I am…So, in a last ditch effort, I want to delete the update entirely and try to reload…But, having taken ALL the steps you’ve listed, I can’t find the update listed in storage ANYWHERE…I REALLY need to update, as many of my apps are outdated due to older ios…Any help is appreciated.

  12. MHBrown says:

    Pacing is right; Todd is wrong. There is no way to delete the downloaded update and the dreaded “not connected” nonsense prevents you from updating. Apple is doing nothing while this is one of the most common bugs in the iOS universe. Calling Apple “fascist” is too kind. They want their products to become unusable and this is how they do it. That is where the evidence leads.

  13. Tong says:

    Hi. I am facing this same issue. I go to general usage and manage storage but don’t see ios 9.2.1 anywhere. Wouldn’t show. Please help me. I am trying to delete it.

  14. allan says:

    I deleted the current update on my iPhone 6s. Now, only the apple logo appears on my screen. How can I reinstall system to get the phone operating again? Unfortunately, I can’t find the backups I know I have on my computer. My phonemes not show up as a device

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