iOS 9 is downloaded but I don't want to install it

Jardins de Vin

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hello!


I found an iPhone for sale (5S) which has 8.4.1 that I'd like to keep. The owner has downloaded 9.1 already, but has not installed it yet.

Is it possible for me to just delete iOS 9 and keep iOS 8? I guess the download of iOS 9 will take quite some space. I am also scared it could update from itself accidentally, somehow.

Is there anything else I should know in this situation? I really want to keep iOS 8, I am buying the device just for this. Please don't come with messages telling me that iOS 9 is better.

Thanks :)
 

estabya

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If you go to settings>General>storage and iCloud usage> manage storage you can then delete the downloaded iOS 9 data.
 

Jardins de Vin

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That sounds good. And is the downloaded iOS perhaps deleted automatically if the phone is reset to zero/reset to factory settings, with iCloud deactivated?
 

estabya

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That sounds good. And is the downloaded iOS perhaps deleted automatically if the phone is reset to zero/reset to factory settings, with iCloud deactivated?

I can't say 100% for sure that it will be, but if you reset all content and settings I can't imagine that it wouldn't be deleted.
 

Jardins de Vin

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I just tried the technique you mentioned before on my iPad. It's super easy :) Is there a way to stop download it automatically? Because that's what my iPad did!
 

estabya

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I just tried the technique you mentioned before on my iPad. It's super easy :) Is there a way to stop download it automatically? Because that's what my iPad did!

That I am not sure about. I have heard for some people it works if you turn off automatic updates under settings>iTunes and App Store. I'm skeptical that it works though because I think that is just for app updates, not iOS updates.
 

Jardins de Vin

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Thanks!

I just received the iPhone, and would like to reset it to factory settings. The previous owner just deleted stuff manually.

She didn't reset it because she said it would apparently also install the latest iOS. For me it's really important that the iPhone has 8.4.1, it's the reason I bought it.

Now I read an article on apples site (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201252), and it does say in fact that if the iPhone is reset, it will install the latest iOS. How is this possible if iOS 9 isn't downloaded and if there is no internet connection? Is there a way to reset it while keeping 8.4.1?
 

estabya

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You can do so on the phone itself. Go to settings>general>Reset>reset all content and settings. This will allow you to set up the phone as new while keeping the current version of iOS.
 

Jardins de Vin

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That would be great, but are you 100% sure this keeps the old iOS?

This was actually the way I meant to reset it. I didn't know of any other way, you guys probably meant through iTunes which apparently is a way to reset it as well.

So resetting it on the PHONE doesn't remove my old version of iOS?
 

estabya

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That would be great, but are you 100% sure this keeps the old iOS?

This was actually the way I meant to reset it. I didn't know of any other way, you guys probably meant through iTunes which apparently is a way to reset it as well.

So resetting it on the PHONE doesn't remove my old version of iOS?

I can tell you with 100% certainty that it keeps the same OS. It just resets it back to its factory state on the current os.