Apple iOS Updates - Best Practices

Hints and tips for managing internet data usage on your Apple iPhone or iPad.


Apple iOS 11 expected Tuesday 19th September 2017

Sure would like to inform customers that Apple are expected to release the latest version of their iOS operating system from 19th October onwards.

Apple updates often start automatically and can be considerably large in size, particularly if the update is performed through iTunes or the device hasn't been updated in some time. 

For customers that don't wish to receive the update immediately and would prefer to make use of the free night time window between midnight and 6AM, please take the precaution of ensuring automatic updates are switched off. Switching off WiFi will also prevent the update as this will disable Internet access on the device.

More information regarding Apple iOS can be found on the Apple (UK) iOS Site.


New Apple iPhone and iPad models

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How big is the update?

We believe the update is about 2 GB in size if performed from the Apple device itself over WiFi, but if connected to a computer with iTunes the download may be larger.  If you have multiple devices of the same type & model to update, it may be beneficial to download via iTunes as the iOS image will remain cached once downloaded.  Unfortunately iOS images differ between different device types and models.


After the upgrade is complete

Once the upgrade has finished, please ensure iCloud and other automatic update settings are disabled as they may become re-enabled during the upgrade.


Future incremental upgrades (point releases)

You may find the device automatically downloads the full image for the newer version.  We recommend that if you've already downloaded an iOS update that you go ahead and install it as future incremental updates tend to be considerably smaller in size than downloading the full iOS image each time.


How to check your current iOS version

The current version of iOS running on your device can be found under the Settings screen as follows:



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How to switch off automatic updates

Automatic updates are configured from the Settings screen as follows:


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Switching off Wi-Fi to prevent unplanned downloads

To completely ensure the device cannot download updates without your permission, say when the device is left unattended, temporarily switch off Wi-Fi using one of these methods.


1. Disable Wi-Fi from the Settings screen:

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2. or even easier, from the slide up Control Panel at the bottom of most screens:

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Disclaimer: These are recommendations only, it is your responsibility to manage your devices and monthly internet quota.  The company accepts no liability for downloads caused by customer premises equipment and any excess usage charges that may be incurred.  Please visit the Monitoring Your Data Usage page for more information on effectively managing your broadband account.