How to turn automatic iOS update downloads on or off

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Apple's latest iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 releases include a new Settings toggle that allows the device to automatically download future software updates. Here is how to turn automatic downloads of iOS updates on or off.

New toggle to automatically download software updates
A new toggle to automatically download software updates

Apple has long allowed iPhone and iPad users to automatically install software updates overnight after they were manually downloaded. The new feature in iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 further automates the process by downloading new operating system versions without user intervention. That said, the system still alerts users before installing the software.

A new message that reads "iPhone will automatically download updates over Wi-Fi" is placed under the new toggle below the Automatic header in the Software Update panel.

To enable automatic iOS update downloads:
  • Head to Settings

  • Go to General > Software Update > Customize Automatic Updates

  • Enable the "Download iOS Updates" toggle

Users may prefer to turn off automatic iOS update downloads so they can manually initiate the download at a preferred time, such as when they are at a home or work with faster Wi-Fi or if their home Wi-Fi has a data limit. Major iOS updates can be up to a few gigabytes in size.

Apple on Wednesday released iOS and iPadOS 13.6 to the public with new Apple News+ audio, daily briefings, and more local coverage, as well as the ability to log symptoms in the Health app. Other changes include minor feature additions and bug fixes.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    MisterKitMisterKit Posts: 464member
    For the most part I go with updates immediately but I like the idea of holding off until I say yes.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    tyc0746tyc0746 Posts: 1member
    Pity that they felt they had to set the automatic download/install default to ON!
  • Reply 3 of 4
    hippohippo Posts: 25member
    Should have retained the user's previous settings to not automatically install updates if that's what they had.

    Some people use mobile Wi-Fi hotspots with limited data and would set auto downloads to off. Plus it's good to not be one of the first to install so any issues can be found/worked out.
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