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How to prevent a system update from taking up space on your iPhone

Since iOS 9, Apple has implemented the automatic download of system updates, so that you can install them more easily. But there are cases where we decided not to adopt that update and stay with the previous version. What not everyone knows is that the downloaded file sits there taking up precious space on the system, with no use whatsoever.

Learn how to identify and delete the update file if you are not going to use it.


Whenever Apple releases an iOS update, the system automatically tries to download this update when the device is plugged into a wall outlet and to a Wi-Fi network. Then the question arises whether you want to install the update immediately or if you want to let it happen overnight.

If you don’t want to install, the file will be there, occupying its internal space. To delete it, just follow the step-by-step below:

Step 1: Open the Settings.

Step 2: Go in General »Storage and iCloud» Manage Storage.

Step 3: Look in the list of installed applications if there is any system update there taking up space. If so, touch it.

Step 4: You will see the option to delete that update. Touch the button to free up this space on your device. Don’t worry, if you want to install this update in the future, just download it again.

Okay, now you have more internal space on your iPhone or iPad, eliminating something you don’t intend to use. Of course, if you decide to upgrade, this file will be automatically deleted without you having to worry about it.

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