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How to Disable/Stop iOS 16 Update Notifications on iPhone

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“How to turn off iOS update notifications in iOS 16? I do not want to be notified when there is an iOS update. Clicking on update later is not enough to get it to stop...another reminder pops up instantly reminding me about auto installs etc. Please tell me there is a way to shut this off. ”

iPhone users may always encounter such annoying situation: When you get used to the current iOS version, a message box pops up reminding you to update iOS to the latest version.

Unfortunately, Apple has not given much thought for users who are not willing to update the iOS system in real time, there is no "Never Remind" options available.

As a result, users are harassed by the iOS update notification every day. There is no other way but tick "Remind Me Later". This will become worse if you accidentally press the "Install Now" button.

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Why Does Apple Nag about Software Update?

Well, it is because Apple wants all its iPhone and iPad users to be on the latest iOS version. This is a good thing for most people since an up-to-data iOS always comes with many new features and bug fixes. Also, it is good for Apple to manage the user base.

So, Apple provides a feature named "Automatic Download" to encourage users to update to the latest version of iOS. This will download updates in the background and push you to install it.

It is really annoying if there is the constant pop up for iOS update notification while you're doing other tasks. Don't worry. In this article, we’re going to show you 4 troubleshooting tips to turn off iOS 16 update notification on iPhone. Read on to find out what you can do.

Tip 1. Turn Off Automatic Updates

The Automatic Updates are enabled on iPhone/iPad by default and you can turn off the option to stop getting iOS update notifications. This won't help with the current update, but it will prevent iOS from downloading updates automatically in future.

Follow the steps below to turn Automatic Updates off to stop the future update notifications:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select "iTunes & App Store".
  • Find the "Updates" option under the "Automatic Downloads" section, and drag to turn it off.

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Tip 2. Delete the iOS Software Package

You can also delete the downloaded software update package on your iPhone to turn off the iOS update notification. Here’s how to do that:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on General.
  • Tap on "Software Update" to check if the newest iOS update has been downloaded.
  • Then back to General > iPhone Storage, scroll down to find the iOS update that downloaded to your iPhone.
  • Tap on it and select "Delete Update", and confirm the action in the popup.

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Simple as the method is, it doesn’t address the underlying cause. In a few days, the iPhone may automatically re-download the update when connected to Wi-Fi, and the "Install Now/Remind Later" alter re-appears. If you want to completely eradicate it, you need to use methods below.

Tip 3. Install Up-to-date Apple tvOS Profile

Another method to disable iOS update notifications is to install an up-to-date version of tvOS. This method will fool the software update feature to thinking that your iPhone is up-to-date and stop the endless pop-ups. Follow these steps below:

Step 1: Copy the link oldcat.me/web/NOOTA9.mobileconfig. Paste and open it up on Safari to download the tvOS beta configuration profile. You can also download the profile on a computer and AirDrop it to your iPhone.

Step 2: Once the profile is downloaded, you will be redirected to the Settings app to install it. Simply click "Install" in the upper right corner of the interface, enter the screen password and follow the prompts to continue.

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Step 3: The profile will be installed and require you to restart the iPhone to apply the changes. After the reboot, you can go to Settings > General > Software Update to check if the software is up-to-date.

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What if you want to upgrade to the newest iOS version? Don’t worry, you can make changes, simply go to Settings > General > Profile and find the tvOS Software Profile, then click on “Delete Profile” to delete the installed profile. After that, reboot the iPhone and the latest version will be detected.

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Tip 4. Block Apple Updates from Wi-Fi Router

As mentioned above, even though the iOS update has been deleted or disabled from Settings, the iOS updates will still be automatically downloaded when your iPhone is connected with WiFi. Then how to stop iOS update notification?

For users who never want to receive the iOS update notification, this option is advisable – blocking the Apple software update domains on Router or Gateway connecting to the internet. The process various on different Router that you use. Here are the processes on how to do it:

  • Connect your iPhone with the router.
  • Open Safari and enter the router's IP address which you can find on the bottom or back of the router. You can also call the router's manufacturer for the IP address.
  • Enter the router's password. Also, you can find the default password on the back of the router.
  • Click Advanced Settings > Doman Blocking (or other service that you can block a specific domain), then add the domain of mesu.apple.com or appldnld.apple.com to the block list.

This will prevent software update from working completely and you will see "Unable to Check for Update" when you click "Software Update" on your iPhone.


Above are 4 ways to turn off iOS update notifications on an iPhone or iPad. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. You can choose the most effective one depending on your own situation.

If you’ve already updated your iPhone to the latest iOS 16 and are now faced with regret, you can rely on iTunes or third-party tools like FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to downgrade iOS to an old version. Please note that the downgrade process will erase all the existing data on your device, so you’d better take a backup of your iPhone before doing that.


Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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