You may need to cancel an update after it starts if you are simply not ready to install the update on the device. Perhaps you are not close to a reliable Wi-Fi network and you are worried the update will not complete in time.

Whatever the reason, there are just some times that it is better to stop the update instead of letting it download. Here's one user's complaint.

"I accidentally tapped "Download and Install" on my iPhone, but I don't want to install the latest update, I like the iOS 11 currently running on my device and I don't want to change it. Does anyone know how to stop an update after it has already started?"

While updating the device is very easy, but the problem is that you may have noticed that as soon as the process begins, there is no "Cancel" or "Back" button to cancel the update. Yet, there is a way to cancel the process but only if you act quickly and stop the update while it is downloading.

In this article, we are going to be looking at how you can do that and what to do when you have problems after canceling the update.

Part 1. FAQs about Canceling iPhone Update

Before we share with you how you can stop update in progress, we think you'd better check some of the most common questions we get from users about this process just in case you are wondering.

Q 1. Can I cancel iOS update while it is downloading?

There is no "Cancel" or "Back" button as soon as the update has begun. But, yes there is a way to cancel an update while it is downloading and before it installs on the device. We will share with you this solution in the next part.

Q 2. Can I stop iOS update in progress?

No. There is not a direct way to stop update in progress as soon as it begins. What's more, you may learn that there are certain dangers if you use some methods to force stop update in progress. Some of them include the following:

  • Your device may get stuck on the loading screen, the Apple logo or a myriad of other problems if you don't do this correctly.
  • You risk not getting the new features the new update brings to your device.
  • Your device may not get the latest security features to remove any glitches with the system.

Part 2. How to Cancel iOS Update While Downloading

If you still want to stop the update before it begins installing despite the danger it presents, just follow these very simple steps to do it.

Step 1: As soon as the update process begins, put the iPhone in Airplane mode. You can do this in the Control Center. Simply tap on the "Airplane Mode" icon to turn it on. This will disconnect the device from the internet.

Step 2: While the device is in Airplane mode and the iOS update is downloading, go to Settings > General.

Step 3: Tap on "iPhone Storage" and wait while the device populates all the items in your device's storage. When it is done, scroll down to find the iOS update that you want to stop and tap on it.

Step 4: Tap on "Delete Update" and then confirm the action. This should stop the download process completely.

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Part 3. What If iPhone Gets iOS Issues after Canceling the Update?

Like we've already seen, the process of stopping an update is a serious one and therefore should only be considered under the direst of consequences. If you attempt to stop an update and end up experiencing some iOS issues, the only way to get the device working normally again is to repair the iOS system itself.

To do that, you need an iOS system repair tool that is designed to make the whole process easy and effective and the best one is iMyFone Fixppo iOS System recovery tool. It can be used to repair any system issue your iPhone exhibits after you stop the update.

  • It fixes all issues associated with the iOS system like system glitches after stopping an update.
  • It is very easy to use even if you are not a tech savvy.
  • It allows you to fix the device without data loss on your device.
  • It supports all iPhone models and all versions of iOS including iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max) and iOS 13.3/13.

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strong>Step 1: Launch Fixppo and then click on "Standard Mode". Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. You may need to unlock the device to get the program to recognize the device.

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If the device is too damaged for the program to recognize it or the program simply fails to detect the device, you may need to put it in DFU or recovery mode. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.

 enter DFU Mode under Standard Mode

Step 2: Once the device is in DFU/recovery mode Fixppo will detect the device model and present several firmware options. Choose your preferred one and then click on "Download".

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 3: When the firmware has been downloaded, click on "Start" and the program will begin repairing the device. When the repair process is complete, the device will restart in normal mode.

finished fixing your device

This tool is an ideal solution not just for this issue but many other iOS related problems as well and therefore a must-have for iOS device users. Download a free trial version today!


As you can see from the solution above, it is actually very easy to stop an iOS update before it is installed on the device. Let us know in the comments section whether you are able to delete the update and if not, share your thoughts with us on what may have gone wrong and we'll do our best to help.

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