When an iOS update is available you’ll be prompted to allow the automatic installation via an Over-the-Air (OTA) update, without the need to connect to iTunes.
While this is tremendously convenient to obtain the latest version of iOS as soon as it is released, you will be prompted to install the version until you do. The settings app will have an outstanding notification indicating the pending upgrade until it is installed.
You can stop this constant notification request for iOS updates on your iPhone or iPad and also stop the badge from appearing on the settings app. While we recommend keeping the latest version of iOS on your iDevice, there may be situations when you don’t want to install the latest version. It could be that your device is jailbroken or you want to stay a version behind, so preventing the constant request to install the update might be just what you’re after.
How to stop iOS software update prompts
1) Turn off Find my iPhone on your device from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.
2) Delete any downloaded OTA update files you already have on your device.
3) On your iOS device, download and install this tvOS configuration profile.
4) Your Settings app will launch and prompt you to install it, so tap on the blue Install button.
5) If prompted for your passcode, enter it:
6) Next, tap on the blue Install button again, and when prompted, tap on the blue Install button one final time.
7) After it installs, you will be asked to restart your device; tap on the blue Restart button.
8) Once your device boots back up, you can go to Settings > General > Profile and verify that the configuration profile was installed successfully. If it is, you can move on to the next step.
9) Next, you want to plug your iOS device into your Mac or PC and open iTunes.
10) Go to your device’s page in iTunes and back up your iOS device to your computer.
11) Once finished, download and install iBackupBot on your computer, then launch it while your iOS device is still connected.
12) From the sidebar, go to /System Files/Home Domain/Library/Preferences under the device you have connected.
13) Once in the folder you want, open the com.apple.Preferences.plist file by double-clicking on it.
14) When the file opens, you will need to make a couple of edits.
- Change the value of <key>kBadgedForSoftwareUpdateKey</key> from <true/> to <false/>
- Change the value of <key>kBadgedForSoftwareUpdateJumpOnceKey</key> from <true/> to <false/>
15) Next, click on the Save button and then click on the Close button.
16) Now, click on the Restore button in the toolbar.
17) You will now need to select the device you have connected, and then click on the blueOK button:
18) Next, make sure both of the first options are checked and that the third is un-checked. Then, click OK.
19) The process will now begin.
Note: If you get Error 37 during this process, then you forgot to turn off Find my iPhone, so make sure you do that and try again.
20) When it finishes, your iOS device will say “restoring” and may reboot, just give it a moment. When it reboots, you should get a message in iBackupBot, just click OK and move.
And that’s it, you should no longer receive notifications that there is an available update, but still be able to update should you wish. Just be aware that if you do update to the latest firmware, you’ll need to revisit the tutorial and redo the steps.