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Is there a way to delete the iOS 7 update from my iPad?

09-20-2013, 11:35 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2009
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Is there a way to delete the iOS 7 update from my iPad?

I updated my 4S immediately and love iOS 7. I was coming from iOS 5, and the upgrade is huge. Passbook is way cooler than I thought, the camera options are great, the command center is amazing, ...I have some complaints, but overall it is an amazing update and well worth the year I waited for the update!

But I don't want to update my iPad 2. I am on iOS 5.1.3 (I think), and I have no intention of updating to iOS 7 on it. I just... I want to keep it the way it is, with the native YouTube app, and all that jazz.

The problem is that in my General area, it apparently already downloaded the iOS 7 update. It has the option to Install Now, but I see no option to delete it. Will it only update if I initiate it? Or do I have to worry about it randomly updating while I'm not looking?

Is there a way to delete the update data so that it doesn't install it against my wishes?

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09-20-2013, 11:45 PM
#2
Can you wipe the device and restore from an earlier iTunes backup?

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09-20-2013, 11:46 PM
#3
Joined: Oct 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Red1 View Post
Can you wipe the device and restore from an earlier iTunes backup?
I don't think so. I haven't synced it in quite some time.

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09-20-2013, 11:46 PM
#4
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Shoot the iPad. That way, it ain't installing anything against yer wishes.
In all honesty, I guess you can try to look in iTunes.
Maybe you can remove it there.
09-20-2013, 11:48 PM
#5
I saw this comment online: (Refers to earlier versions, but same issue)

"To fix I jailbroke and installed the package called "Software Update Killer". It not only prevents future automatic downloads, it deletes the software that's awaiting installation. Notice the shrink in 'Other' next time you sync. For me both 6.0.1 and 6.1 were downloaded and I recovered almost 1.5 GB."

Source: http://apple.stackexchange.com/quest...d-ios-6-update

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09-20-2013, 11:50 PM
#6
Joined: Oct 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Red1 View Post
I saw this comment online:

"To fix I jailbroke and installed the package called "Software Update Killer". It not only prevents future automatic downloads, it deletes the software that's awaiting installation. Notice the shrink in 'Other' next time you sync. For me both 6.0.1 and 6.1 were downloaded and I recovered almost 1.5 GB."

Source: http://apple.stackexchange.com/quest...d-ios-6-update
I don't want to jailbreak my iPad. Ol' Betsy isn't young enough to be jailbroken.

I guess deleting the file isn't a huge deal as long as it doesn't randomly install on my iPad without me knowing. Do you have an answer for that? Will the update just wait there forever until I click "install"?

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09-21-2013, 10:35 AM
#7
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I was on iOS 6.0.0 and it automatically downloaded all of the smaller updates but it stayed on iOS 6.0.0 and never installed them. Unless for some reason it's different for you, I don't think that it will install unless you tell it to.
09-21-2013, 12:14 PM
#8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by laxking97 View Post
I was on iOS 6.0.0 and it automatically downloaded all of the smaller updates but it stayed on iOS 6.0.0 and never installed them. Unless for some reason it's different for you, I don't think that it will install unless you tell it to.
All right. I don't care too much about the lack of space if it won't force me to install. I'll just let it stay there... thanks for the help!

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09-26-2013, 11:32 PM
#9
Joined: Feb 2012
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It downloaded on my ipad 2 as well and it left me with only a couple gigs of space... I didnt wanted to upgrade the 2 as it has its 64 gb full of games which I dont know if theyre all compatible but it looks like apple is forcing my hand.

Any noticeable slowliness on a gamers ipad 2 ?

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09-27-2013, 02:13 AM
#10
I have no means of confirming this, but I have seen comments from users who had gotten the automatic download on devices with limited memory. From their reports, if that space becomes needed before you choose to install the new iOS, that automatic iOS7 download will get dumped from your device.

Again, I have only read rumors of this. I would love to hear feedback if someone could test it. If any of you are still on iOS6 with an iOS7 supported device, and iOS7 has already downloaded without your permission, try and download a bunch of stuff to fill your memory up, and see if it forces the iOS7 update to delete itself.

If that is actually the case, it would mean that the automatic download is really irrelevant, as long as you choose to never actually install it. I don't have any problem with it showing up on your device to make the installation easier, as long as it also doesn't conflict with the choices of those who don't want to install it.