How to Cancel Update on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you tired of waiting for an update to finish on your iPhone? Don’t worry, you can cancel the update process and get back to using your phone in no time. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to cancel an update on your iPhone.

Step 1: Accessing the Settings

If you have started an update on your iPhone and want to cancel it, the first step is to access the Settings app. Tap on the “Settings” icon on your home screen to open it.

Step 2: Finding the Software Update

In the Settings app, scroll down and tap on “General”. Then, look for “Software Update” and tap on it.

Step 3: Cancelling the Update

In the Software Update menu, you will see information about the current update status. If an update is in progress, you will see a message saying “Preparing Update” or “Verifying Update”. To cancel it, simply tap on “Cancel Update” at the bottom of the screen.


If you don’t see a “Cancel Update” option, it means that there is no update currently running on your iPhone. You can only cancel an update that is in progress.

Step 4: Confirming Your Decision

A pop-up will appear asking if you want to cancel the update. To confirm your decision, tap on “Cancel.” Your iPhone will stop downloading or installing the update immediately.


Please be aware that cancelling an update may leave your device without important security patches or bug fixes. It’s recommended to only cancel updates if absolutely necessary.

Step 5: Resuming the Update

If you change your mind and want to resume the update later, you can easily do so. Just go back to the Software Update menu in Settings and tap on “Download and Install” to start the process again.


Cancelling an update on your iPhone is a simple process that can save you time if you’re in a hurry or facing any issues with the update. However, it’s important to keep in mind the potential consequences of cancelling updates, such as missing out on important security patches or bug fixes. Use this feature judiciously and always make sure to keep your device updated for optimal performance.

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