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How to restore your iPhone without forcing to updating to the latest iOS? This 5-step instruction will give you the details.

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How to Restore iPhone without Updating

Can I restore my iPhone 6 without updating to iOS 10? iTunes said it would restore and update to the latest software. I didn't

find an option that I can cancel or pass it since I don't want iOS 10. Can anyone help?

Usually, updating iOS to the latest version is the best solution for making full use of Apple's operating

system. However there are some cases you may need to restore iPhone without updating. I refer to those

cases where, for example, you are using a jailbroken iPhone and you don't want to lose the ability to

jailbreak. Or you are using iPhone 4s and don't want to upgrade it to iOS 9.X which may slow down your


If you find yourself in such a situation too, don't worry! In this post, I will show you a 5-step instruction to

help you restore iPhone bypass the update of iOS. Now, follow the steps below to get your desired result.

Part 1: Restore iPhone without Updating

Step 1. Backup iPhone/iPad

The whole process includes erasing all data and settings on your iPhone, so you are advised to back up

the important data on your device first. You can backup iPhone with iTunes or iCloud. And if you want to

backup iPhone contents selectively, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help you.

1). Download the free trial version of the program on your computer (Windows or Mac)

2). Connect iPhone to computer after firing up the program.

3). When iPhone is detected, hit "Start Scan".

4). After scanning, you can preview all data one by one, including photos, notes, text messages, contacts,

app data, WhatsApp messages, voice memos, safari bookmarks, etc. Tick the items you want to backup

and click "Recover" to back them up on your computer.


Step 2. Reset iPhone to factory settings

Disconnect your iPhone from computer. Then, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents

and Settings. This will erase all data on your device and restore it to factory settings.

Step 3. Plug iPhone back to computer

Once the reset process is complete, the iPhone screen will display the factory default image and show

the "Slide to set up" message. Don't start the setup process. Instead, connect your iPhone back to


Step 4. Wait for the unlocking to process

If you device has been previously unlocked, plug it to iTunes will reapply the unlock code, allowing you to

use the phone on other networks again. When a windows saying "An update to the carrier settings on

your iPhone is available. Would you like to download it now?" appears, click "Download and



Step 5. Restore iPhone without updating

After the unlock message, you will be prompted to restore your iPhone. Select the backup you have just

created and wait for the restoring process to complete. If you are asked to upgrade to newer version of

iOS, click "Cancel".


A jailbroken device may go into a bootloop if the users enable "Erase All Content and

Settings" under "Settings" >"Reset".So if you have jailbroken your iPhone, you may want to unjailbreak

the phone first with the tweak Cydia Eraser, which can remove all traces of Cydia to unjailbreak your

device. After you have restored the iPhone, you can have the phone jailbroken again.

Mission accomplished! Now you have an iPhone reset but refuse the iOS update. But do you know how

to stop iPhone from nagging you about updating to the iOS 10? Move on to Part 2.

Part 2:

:Tips to Stop iPhone from Asking You to Update

One of typical alert that we get after each iOS update is the "Install Now" and "Remind Later" alert. It

should look something like this:

The update alert comes up again and again. It seems like that Apple won't stop the nagging until we get

the update. For those who are sick of the repeated update alert, we get some tips.

Tip 1: Understand Apple's iOS Update Method

Apple encourages every iOS users to have the latest version of iOS. To do that, the company rolled out a

feature named "Automatic Downloads". When a new version of iOS, for example, iOS 10 is released,

your iPhone/iPad/iPod will automatically download the update for you, mostly at night when the device is

charging. With the update downloaded in the background, you are prompted to install it.

Tip 2: Disable "Automatic Downloads"


On your iPhone/iPad/iPod, go to "Settings" > "iTunes & App Stores". Toggle the "Updates" option to off.

This will stop iOS from downloading update automatically for you in the future.

Tip: If you turn on "Use Cellular Data", downloads are limited to a file size of 100 MB or smaller.

Tip 3: Delete the Downloaded Update

If you want to stop receiving the update alert, you have to delete the downloaded update, too.

Tap "Settings" > "General" > "Storage & iCloud Usage" > "Manage Storage". Then find the iOS update.

You can easy recognize it because it is named as something like "iOS 10.0.2". Choose "Delete Update"

and confirm your choice in the pop-up.

Done! iOS 10 might be great, but it should be your call to update your device or not. Hope you enjoy the