Block OTA updates for iPhone and iPad

Here's how to block updates for iPhone and iPad with the new Block OTA profile.

Change the date on iPhone, iPad

On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Date & Time and turn off Set Automatically. Then set the date on your device to any time before December 14, 2023.

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Install profile

From your device, tap the button below to download the Block OTA profile. Your device will notify you when the profile has been downloaded. Open Settings, tap the profile and follow the onscreen instructions to allow installation.

It's okay if you see that you are installing tvOS 17; this is not a mistake.
install tvos 17 beta profile to block ota update

Restart your device

Don't forget to restart your device after installing the profile so any changes can be applied.

To check if the profile is active on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If it displays "iOS is up to date," you have successfully blocked updates.


Uninstalling the Block OTA Profile

In case you want your device to be able to update normally, you need to uninstall the OTA Block profile as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General > VPN & Device Management
  3. Tap on the tvOS 17 Beta Software Profile, select Remove Profile and enter your device passcode.
  4. Restart your device to apply the changes.
uninstall tvos 17 beta profile

Now, check for updates in Settings - General - Software Update.