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How to Disable/Stop iOS 17 Update Notifications on iPhone

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“How to turn off iOS update notifications in iOS 17? 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 situations: When you get used to the current iOS version, a message box reminds you to update iOS to the latest version.

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

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

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Why Does Apple Nag about Software Updates?

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-date iOS always comes with many new features and bug fixes. Also, it is suitable 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 annoying if there is a constant pop-up for iOS update notifications while doing other tasks. Don't worry. In this article, we will show you 4 troubleshooting tips to turn off iOS 17 update notifications 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 the future.

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

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down to General and select Software Update.
  • Find the Automatic Downloads section, tap on Download iOS Updates, and drag to turn it off.

turn off automatic updates

Tip 2. Delete the iOS Update & Avoid Wi-Fi

You can also delete the downloaded iOS update and avoid Wi-Fi on your iPhone to turn off the iOS update notification. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on General > Software Update to check if the newest iOS update has been downloaded.
  2. Then, go back to General > iPhone Storage and scroll down to find the iOS update downloaded to your iPhone.
  3. Tap on it, select Delete Update, and confirm the action in the popup.
  4. To prevent the software update from downloading again, disconnect your iPhone from Wi-Fi.

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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 eradicate it completely, use the methods below.

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

Another method to turn off iOS update notifications is to install a tvOS beta software profile. This process will enroll your iPhone into the Apple TV beta software program. As a result, when your iPhone automatically looks for iOS updates, it will only find tvOS betas and assume that no iOS updates are available. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: On your iPhone, launch Safari and go to Beta Profiles to download the tvOS beta configuration profile for Apple TV. 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. 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.

restart and check

What if you want to upgrade to the newest iOS version? Don’t worry; you can make changes. Go to Settings > General > Profile and find the tvOS beta software profile, then click 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 to WiFi. Then how do you stop iOS update notifications?

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 varies 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 services that you can block a specific domain), then add the domain of mesu.apple.com or appldnld.apple.com to the block list.
  • Finally, click Apply and Yes.

This will prevent software updates from working entirely 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 situation.

Suppose you’ve already updated your iPhone to the latest iOS 17 and are now faced with regret. In that case, 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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