Help me cancel my iOS 7 update

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by danb77, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. danb77, Sep 26, 2013
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    danb77 macrumors 6502

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    OK - foolish me. My iPhone 4, which I am keeping at 6.1.3 popped up with the 7.0.2 release message. I thought woohoo! And pressed update. Aarrgh! No!

    There appears to be no way to stop the update process, other than starting from scratch with my phone. I turned off wifi and made an itunes backup and reset. Then tried to restore from an earlier icloud backup. The icloud restore fails. If I restore from the itunes backup, the 7.0.2 OTA update starts up again! I didn't notice this and it has now got as far as "preparing upgrade".

    The only way to stop this seems to be to reset the phone. :-(

    Does anyone have a clue how I can restore my backup, while avoiding the update?

    My patience with Apple is wearing thin right now!

    Update: i managed to save my 6.1.3 intallation by applying a semi-tethered redsnow jailbreak. This cancelled the OTA and allowed me to install Cydia patches to disable OTA updates.
     
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  3. emseven macrumors regular

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    If restarting the device doesn't reset it you have a problem as 6.1.4 isn't being signed. Enjoy iOS 7!
     
  4. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sadly no - was short on disk space and deleted them! :-o

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    Not quite - setting up as new phone kills the update process. But then I lose many of my settings.

    I was wrong! Even set up as a new device it still tries to install 7.0.2 in the background!! Apple, you monster!
     
  5. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    Your iCloud and iTunes backup must have saved the upgrade in progress flag. Seems like you're screwed.
     
  6. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is now doing it even when I "Set up as new phone"!!
     
  7. WB2Colorado macrumors regular

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    Just don't click update. The iOS 7 download will stay on your phone but until you click update it won't do anything.
     
  8. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    At what point in the process do you get to click "update". Surely when it is "preparing for install" it is too far gone? Or is there a cancellation point late in the process?
     
  9. emseven macrumors regular

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    Just update and sell your phone on Craigslist for $150 and get a new one for $199.
     
  10. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There is some wisdom here. But this is my last resort plan at the moment!

    (And $199 = $199 + 2 year contact = $1000!)
     
  11. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Final plan: Will fill up the (32gig!!) harddrive with video, then try to download the update. Allegedly, it will fail due to low disk space and this will cancel the update. I should then be able to reinstall my old icloud backups.

    I'll let you know if this worked in 12 hours or so! (How long does it take to record 32 gigs of video?!!)
     
  12. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't it be easier to simply download a bunch of free iTunes TV shows to achieve your goal?
     
  13. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    All this trouble to avoid a fantastic update? What if you try it and actually like it?
     
  14. WB2Colorado, Sep 26, 2013
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    It doesn't matter how many times you reset the phone, iOS 7 will always download in the background, but until you click update it shouldn't do anything. There will be a notification on the Settings app telling you the update is ready, but until you confirm it, it shouldn't install.

    The "Preparing update" text is normal, it's part of the download process. you only want to panic if an alert pops up saying "Verifying update" because that's the point of no return.
     
  15. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did. I tried it at GM. iOS 7 and Phone 4 are not good friends.
     
  16. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Longer than it takes to find a 1GB file and make a copy. Then you copy those two files (at the same time). Then you copy the four files at the same time, etc. :)

    Good luck!
     
  17. Tysknaden macrumors regular

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    Removed by user - after having updated status of information.
     
  18. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Which app copies files?!! :)
     
  19. danb77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hang on a sec - 6.1.3 on iPhone 4 has a jailbreak… (watch this space).
     
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  21. Markyyy macrumors regular

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    I'm on iOS7 on my iPad 2, but I've used tinyumbrella to save 'SHSH blobs', whatever the hell they are... and they should allow me to downgrade back to 6.1.3 by bypassing Apple's update signing process. You can only save the SHSH blobs while you're still on the firmware you wish to be able go downgrade to, and while Apple is still signing it.
     
  22. emseven macrumors regular

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    I am the biggest fan of iOS 7 but do not think iPhone 4, iPad 2 or Touch 4th should be eligible to upgrade. It is quite terrible at the moment.

    OP, you may just live with it for a while as I confident a 7.0.3/7.1.0 will be optimized for your device.
     

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