Uninstalling updates on your iPhone can be a useful troubleshooting step when you encounter issues after installing a recent update. Whether you want to revert to the previous version of an app or system software, this guide will walk you through the process of uninstalling updates on your iPhone.
Uninstalling App Updates:
If you are experiencing problems with a specific app after updating it, you can follow these steps to uninstall the update:
- Step 1: Locate the app on your home screen or in the App Library.
- Step 2: Press and hold the app icon until it begins to jiggle.
- Step 3: Tap on the “x” that appears in the top-left corner of the app icon.
- Step 4: A pop-up message will appear asking if you want to delete the app. Tap “Delete” to confirm.
- Step 5: Go to the App Store and search for the app.
- Step 6: Tap on the cloud-shaped download icon next to the app’s name to reinstall an older version.
This process will remove any updates associated with that particular app and revert it back to its previous version. Keep in mind that not all apps allow downgrading to an older version, so this method may not work for every app.
Uninstalling iOS Updates:
If you’re facing issues with your iPhone’s system software after installing an update, you may need to remove that specific iOS update. Here’s how you can do it:
- Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “General”.
- Step 3: Tap on “iPhone Storage”.
- Step 4: Locate the iOS update you want to uninstall under the “SOFTWARE UPDATE” section.
- Step 5: Tap on the update and then tap on “Delete Update”.
This will remove the downloaded update from your iPhone. However, keep in mind that Apple may automatically download the latest available update again in the future.
Note: Restoring from a Backup
If you’ve encountered problems after uninstalling an iOS update, you can restore your iPhone from a previous backup to revert to a stable version of iOS. This process erases all data on your device, so make sure to back up your iPhone before proceeding.
To restore your iPhone from a backup, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Step 2: Open iTunes or Finder (on macOS Catalina or later).
- Step 3: Select your device when it appears in iTunes or Finder.
- Step 4: Click on the “Restore Backup” button.
This will initiate the restoration process, and your iPhone will be restored to its previous state including apps, settings, and data from the selected backup.
By following these steps, you can easily uninstall updates on your iPhone and resolve any issues caused by recent updates. Remember to exercise caution when uninstalling updates as it might impact the functionality of certain apps or features.