Disabling daily iOS 10 update reminders

iOS and iPadOS

If you are like me and holding off on updating to iOS 10 for a while to give Apple a chance to fix some of the new bugs they created, and are annoyed with the daily reminders to update your device. I've found an article on the internet describing a way to stop those reminders.

NOTE: This will only work if the update has been downloaded, so the reminders are only asking you to install the update, rather than download and install.

1. Launch the Settings app
2. Go to General settings
3. Go to Storage and iCloud usage settings.
4. Go to Manage Storage settings.
5. In the list of stored items, go to the iOS 10 update.
6. Choose the Delete it button.
7. You'll be asked to confirm the delete, Confirm it.
8. Done!

You will no longer be reminded to install the iOS 10 update each day.

When you are ready, just follow the steps you would mormally do to download and install the update.

Peace at last!



Submitted by Larry on Friday, October 7, 2016

As far as I have understood when researching this myself is that this method will stop the daily notifications, but only until iOs downloads the update again. If you are connected to wifi, and your phone idle for a long time (like at night) the iOs 10 update file will be downloaded again... I think that you'll have to delete the file and avoid wifi networks for this method to work as the iOs 10 update will not be downloaded again using your mobile data.

I think it is terrible that Apple does not allow people to choose whether or not to dowload the update, and since some bugs are deal breakers, it is extreamly irritating to click "Remind Me Later" everyday for up to 6 months... *Sigh*

I encourage everyone that finds this irritating to either give general feedback to Apple about this, or contact the accessibility team to point out the accessibility side of this issue.

Submitted by Orko on Friday, October 7, 2016

In reply to by Larry

Yeah, for me this is proof positive that Apple behaves no better than Microsoft, and in fact, Apple is worse. Remember earlier this year how pushy Microsoft got, wanting everyone to upgrade to Windows 10? Well, Apple acts like that for every new update to their OS, not just a single version as Microsoft has.

And that includes applying the update behind your back. Before I deleted the update file, I got a notice saying that the update couldn't be applied because my phone wasn't plugged in between 2 and 4 AM. That made me shudder, and resolve to charge my phone during the day, in order to avoid being updated without my knowledge.

As far as I'm concerned, Apple can pound sand! I will update when I am ready, not when they tell me to. They may make the iPhone, and they may have written iOS, but neither of those gives them the authority or right to make my decisions for me!

Whether the update will be downloaded again remains to be seen. I removed the downloaded update on Saturnay, my phone is always connected to my wireless network while I'm at home, it's now Friday, 6 days later, I've been at hoand all that time, a new update file hasn't been downloaded yet. I've even checked my storage usage just in case there was a partial download saved and there was nothing.

My theory is, that the first download was pushed to the phone, and that the update will only be pushed once. After that, if you delete the downloaded update file, you have to specifically request that it be downloaded again as part of updating.

Either way, I've enjoyed not being bugged about the update these past 6 days.

Submitted by Betsy on Friday, October 7, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

In reply to by Larry

I have several devices connected to wifi all day. I deleted the update download three days on all devices and so far it has not come back on any of them. Back when it was a simple tap on "not now" it wasn't so bad but now after not now my passcode keypad comes up and I have to tap not now again! It is beyond annoying. Is it not even on Apple's radar that their updates have the potential to disable app functionality and crucial features for some users?

Submitted by Larry on Friday, October 7, 2016

In reply to by Orko

Yeah, maybe it only updates at night? I did what you wrote about a week ago and although I was update free for a few days I am now back at pressing "Remind me later" again... I can't really keep deleting and re-downloading the file as I only have limited data on my wifi connection :(

I don't have a data cap on my WiFi connection because it is part of my cable internet service. The one down side is that I don't have access to my router's settings. Othersise I would find out my iPhone's MAC address and configure the router to only allow it access between 6 AM and Midnight, that would prevent it from downloading the update during the night.

Submitted by Orko on Sunday, October 9, 2016

I discovered that my cable internet provider doesn't change the default login on their cable modem / wireless router's settings.

The first thing I did was something I wanted to do since I got the service, and that was to turn off broadcasting the SSID. Doing this has never caused a problem before since every wireless device I've used allows you to simply enter the SSID, instead of choosing it from the list of available networks, which is filled with broadcasted SSIDs. I figure that if my network isn't broadcasting its SSID, it's harder for hackers to find.

The other change was to set up the firewall to block the iPhone from accessing the network between midnight and 6 AM to prevent the over night downloading of iOS updates.

Unfortunately, unless I'm missing something, there doesn't seem to be a way to simply enter an SSID for networks that don't broadcast it.

Submitted by Frankd on Saturday, October 8, 2016

In reply to by Orko

SSID is disabled on my routers and I have no problems connecting to WiFi with my iOS devices. All are running iOS 9.3.5.
On the main thread subject I must admit the iOS 10 update nag is extreemely annoying.

Submitted by david s on Saturday, October 8, 2016


Hidden SSIDs works for me. You can do one of two things. First, while SSID is being broadcast, connect to wifi. Once your device is connected, go to the router and disable SSID broadcast. IF that doesn’t work for you, you can manually input the hidden SSIDs info by going to settings< wifi< other. There is also a way you can specify an iP address on your router and specify that IP on your phone so you will always connect.

As far as using hidden SSID to protect your wifi, a hacker in your area can use a sniffer to find your SSID wheterh you hide it or not. Your only real protection is having a good password consisting of Capital and lower case letters along with numbers and characters.

When your phone downloads the update can vary on the server load. It does not always occur between 12AM and 6AM. If the update has already been downloaded and you choose install later, this is about the time installation takes place if the phone is idle. If your phone needs to download the update, it will do it in the background while your phone is idle, day or night.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Orko on Saturday, October 8, 2016

In reply to by Frankd

I'd love to be proven wrong on this.

How did you enter the network's SSID that you wanted to join? I looked all over the WiFi setup screen and could find no place to enter an SSID, or any option to enter one.

So I temporarily turned on broadcasting the SSID, and was able to complete setting up WiFi. Then I turned off SSID broadcasting, and my iPhone immediately dropped the connection!

This is happening on an 16 GB iPhone 5s running iOS 9.3.5.

Submitted by david s on Sunday, October 9, 2016


To manually enter the info.
Settings> wifi. Make sure Wifi is on then click other. In the name field, enter the SSID and be aware some routers are case and space sensitive. Select the encryption then click on back to other. Enter the Network key then click on join.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Orko on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Oh, now I feel dumb! All Voice Over said about the other choice was "Other", I didn't realize that it was the last option in the list of networks, it sounded to me like a heading for other options, and there wasn't anything below it for entering an SSID.

It seems strange though. When I turned off broadcasting the SSID, all my other devices didn't lose or drop the connection, but the iPhone did, and required that I reenter the SSID and pass phrase.

It's all working now. Although I now understand that while running the update may be scheduled for somewhere between 2 and 4 AM, downloading can occur at any time the phone is idle, which mine is most of the time, and after a week, still hasn't redownloaded the iOS 10 update.

Keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way. But if I have to delete a downloaded update file every once in a while, that's far more tolerable than being reminded to run the update every day.

Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Apple is going to make you update to iOS 10 anyways, and this latest version hasn't presented me any real issues I can't live with. Unfortunately, due to the way people have their phones configured, you're going to have different experiences. The very best advice I can give you is to just go for it. You have to figure out which bugs are still present, and ask yourself if they're something you can live with. Applevis has posted a blog post called What’s New in iOS 10 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision and Deaf-blind Users. If, after reading that page, you find that you simply can't, or don't want to deal with it, that's totally understandable. Alls i'm saying is that it's not as terrible as everyone makes it seem. Some people are going to have terrible experiences, others, like mine have usually been great. I can only think of one truly terrible iOS experience, and that was back in the iOS 7 days. There was a version that made my phone lock up every so often and I had to do a hard reset to get it going. But apart from a few quirks with audio ducking not always working, I haven't experienced any true show stoppers. But as I said everyone uses their phones and devices differently, and we all have acceptable levels of what we can and can't deal with.

Not me, When I got my iPhone, it had iOS 7 on it. Then came iOS 8, I didn't wait before updating, what a mistake! The initial 8.0 release had numerous accessibility bugs in it, it wasn't long before I was regretting blindly updating.

So with that bad experience, I've decided never to update to a new version until I've read about any problems it might have, and to never update to a new major version until there have been at least a couple of updates to fix new accessibility issues that were introduced.

Once burned, twice shy. Or. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hey that's understandable for sure. I do have to say that both iOS 9 and 10's first versions were probably the most stable releases yet, so obviously, Apple really has been working on stability issues. iOS 10 is already in it's second update, and like I was saying apart from Audio Ducking acting a bit odd at times, it's not a show stopper for me. But since it's your iDevice, you're the only one who can make that decision.

Submitted by Betsy on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

In reply to by Orko

I was happily using an iPad 2 when I dutifully updated to IOS 8. The results were so devastating i actually had to buy a new iPad. After IOS 9 the old iPad ran fine. But I am so completely dependent on an iPad I could not have gone without while waiting for the next major update. Now I always wait as long as possible before updating.

Submitted by Orko on Sunday, October 9, 2016

For me, my iPhone is my only phone, I gave up paying for a land line when I started using a cell phone, so it's important to me to be reasonably certain an update isn't going to make my phone unusable because of some accessibility issue.

It's worth it to me to not be so eager.

Now that that is resolved for now, I'm going back to listening to some more of Wait, wait, don't tell me.

Submitted by Orko on Thursday, October 20, 2016

So far my theory is holding out. My phone finally downloaded the update file again, and what do you know, it's for version 10.0.3, not the version 10.0.2 that I deleted. so my theory that each version is automatically downloaded only once continues to hold true.

Continuing to wait for version 10.1 before considering updating.

Submitted by Betsy on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

I saw a new update had been downloaded too but didn't notice what version before I hastily deleted it.

Submitted by Luke on Friday, October 21, 2016

It is nice when we get a one-up on those guys down in Silicon Valley, eh? I can't wait to try your suggestion. Even if it's staves off the of noxious reminders for a few days, that will be a few days of peace I will relish. LOL. iOS 10 actually sounds pretty enticing overall. The one thing keeping me from making the leap is all the reports of increased verbosity in Safari. I consider myself a screen reader power user and I don't need all that extra fluff! I am waiting to see if they add some kind of settings to control that in a future version

Submitted by Orko on Saturday, October 22, 2016

I don't use my phone for internet browsing, so that problem doesn't affect me, but I believe I did hear about that problem on one of the podcasts I listen to.

iOS 9.3.5 is working fine for me, so I'm in no hurry to upgrade.

Submitted by Takada on Friday, March 24, 2017

This just deletes the downloaded firmware. Once you've connected to the internet again, your device will automatically download it and the annoying message will keep showing up. But if you want it to make sense, you just need to install a profile called tvOS after deleting firmware, this profile will stop your device from sending upgrade requests to Apple server, thus when you go to General > Software Update, it will display as your device is already upgraded with the newest firmware, though it is not. This tutorial (How to turn off iOS update) will walk you through the whole process.

Submitted by Orko on Thursday, October 27, 2016

That's not my experience.

My phone is almost always connected to the internet via WiFi, and it only downloads the update when Apple releases a new one. I just disagree with the terms and conditions, then delete the download.

No more reminders until the next release.

Being reminded only once in a while is far better than every day!

Submitted by Orko on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Finally, permanent peace at last! I don't know why I didn't think of this before.

iOS periodically goes to mesu.apple.com to retrieve an XML file that indicates the currently available version of iOS, if a newer version than the one you have is available, it generates an available update in settings. Configuring your firewall to block access to this URL will prevent iOS from getting the file, so it never learns there's an update! Exactly what I wanted.

What I don't know is if this will cause an iDevice that already knows about an update to forget it. Time will tell.

I'll have to check to see if there's a way to get my phone to forget the update if it doesn't.

Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hi. I do believe that could be dangerous especially if something happens to your phone. If you have to take it to an apple store, they're probably going to restore it and upgrade you to iOS 10. I don't like the fact that Apple and Microsoft push these updates, but that's the way of things nowadays. Plus i'll be honest even with the latest 10.1 update I haven't had a single issue.

Submitted by Orko on Sunday, October 30, 2016

If I had to take my phone in for service, I would expect them to pau the latest operating system on it, even if I request that they don't.

Until then, knock on wood that never happens, I will update to iOS 10 on my schedule, not Apple's.

I just heard that Apple's sales are dropping, I guess their sole source and walled garden policies aren't working out so well. :-)

Submitted by david s on Monday, October 31, 2016


Be aware if you block that website, there may be some side effects such as updates for installed apps. But don’t take my word for it and block that site. Smiley.

If and when you take your IOS device to Apple for service, it will be updated to the latest IOS. Whether you tell them or not, that’s what’s going to happen. Same thing when you backup your device to iTunes then decide to restore at a later date, it will download and install the latest IOS for that device. The only way you can get an IOS device from the Apple store with an older IOS version is if you purchase a device and they have old inventory.

As far as Apple sales going down, it has nothing to do with how restrictive the IOS is. It’s a combination of cellular carriers no longer providing incentive for customers to upgrade every two years, market saturation, people buying cheaper alternative products or they are holding off to see the next generation iPhone to be released in less than a year.

Submitted by Orko on Monday, October 31, 2016

According to the information I found, that site is only for updates for iOS itself. Itwas put forth for I T managers and professionals as a way for businesses to block iOS updates on their networks. The idea being that if people want to update their devices, they should do it on their own time at home.

Submitted by david s on Monday, October 31, 2016


That doesn’t sound correct. If you block the website on a given router, the site will only be blocked if you’re connected to that router. IF your device connects to another wifi, or you have cellular download enabled, the download will start when your device goes idle.

Companies I’ve worked with create profiles to manage the devices. This will allow the IT department to block downloads and updates. And if a company have numerous devices, they use software such as Good for Enterprise to automate this feature. If you scroll up, someone did suggest you create a profile as well.

BTW, if you go to settings> itunes and app store, under download automatically, do you have updates on or off? I noticed some folks including myself, have this turned off and I haven’t been notified to update my device. And when I go to settings> general> software update, it tells me there is an update available. If I want to update, I need to click on download and update button. It’s interesting because last time I cecked, it said 10.0.2 is available and now it’s telling me 10.1.1 is available. Try setting it to off and see if it makes a difference for you. Like I said, it works for some folks and not for others.

Submitted by TJ Malkowski on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I called into apple and figured it out go into your itunes on your computer or laptop and go to your iphone settings at the top and go to options. Uncheck automatically sync to wifi and automatically sync when plugged in your phone should then stop getting the annoying notifications to update and take up your space

Submitted by Jessica Brown on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I have to charge my phone at night cause i use it in the day. I have to hit delete every morning.

Submitted by Dia on Friday, February 3, 2017

I went through the steps and so far it has worked for me. I am hoping it continues and I don't start seeing it pop up again like some of the others in the thread. Thanks for the information.

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