If you’ve found that your iPhone seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to installing iOS updates, then you might be concerned that something is wrong. But your iPhone is installing iOS updates on its own because the Automatic Updates option on the Software Update menu is enabled.
iOS updates can be a big deal both in the amount of changes that occur on your device and the amount of time and storage space that are needed to install them.
So if you’re asking why your iPhone is installing iOS updates on its own, then it’s probably because you experienced an unwanted update and would like to prevent it from happening in the future.
Our tutorial is going to show you how to turn off automatic updates on an iPhone so that you no longer need to worry that you’re going to wake up to an iPhone that has installed the newest iOS update without your consent.
How to Prevent My iPhone from Installing iOS Updates On Its Own
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1. By completing these steps you will be stopping your iPhone from installing all future iOS updates automatically.
You can read this article to learn how to enable or disable automatic app updates if you would like to prevent individual app updates from occurring as well.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Software Update tab.
Step 4: Choose Automatic Updates at the bottom of the menu.
Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Automatic Updates to turn it off.
Now your iPhone will stop installing iOS updates automatically in the future. Automatic app updates will or won’t occur based on the setting that is selected in the Automatic Downloads section of the Settings > iTunes and App Store menu.