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Posted 17 December 2019 - 12:46 AM

I dont tend to keep up with iOS all that much, but I do have an iPad for work. I am on a data plan and noticed the blasted thing downloaded nearly a 1gig update without my telling it to do so (auto-updates off). Is there any way to prevent background downloads that burn through data like that? That is really annoying on the part of apple to assume everyone everywhere has the plan and money to just download gigs of software without consent because they need to push I point release.

Everywhere I have looked so far it seems the answer is "you're out of luck" iOS will always download in the background. I am hoping someone here has found a work around for that that does not involve unplugging your device to the net.

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 03:41 AM

There is a new Low Data Mode in iOS 13. Have you tried it?


You can also disable Cellular data for individual apps, including Settings, but I donít think that disables software updates.

If none of that works thereís this weird hack you can try: https://www.ipodhack...pod-touch-ipad/

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 04:16 PM

Apple removed the download over cellular limitations in iOS 13 due to customer demand (it was 200MB in iOS 12). As mentioned above there is Low Data Mode but you probably just want to turn of Automatic Downloads in iTunes & App Store. The onus will be on you to download App Updates at a time of your choosing.

Unfortunately there is not a native consumer friendly way (that I know of) to prevent iOS point releases from downloading OTA (13.0.0->13.0.1). Major releases still require WiFI (13.0->13.1). We block mesu.apple.com with a profile but these are managed devices with supervision.
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Posted 21 December 2019 - 12:35 AM

Oh wow that is sorely disappointing. But many thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond in plain English, I greatly appreciate it.

I hope at some point Apple gives us some control back over this. I tend to do weekly update checks manually on other devices and would not mind on iPad also. These sudden unrequested multiple hundreds of megabyte downloads though...ugh.