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How to Install iOS Updates Overnight (Automatically)

How to Install iOS Updates Overnight (Automatically)Don’t want to wait for those huge iOS updates to download and install? No problem! Simply have them download and install themselves over night. Apple’s servers are often a little slow when major updates come out, which makes for plenty of waiting time. Thus Cupertino implemented a cool new way to install updates in iOS 9.0 and later. Here’s a tutorial on how to install iOS updates overnight and spare yourself unnecessary waiting, you can even defer iOS updates until nighttime using this method.

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How to install iOS updates overnight

Automatic iOS updates are sort of implemented as of iOS 9.0 and above, but Apple doesn’t quite give us much control over the update mechanism. You can download an iOS update by going to the Settings app and selecting General > Software Updates. Pre-downloading an update is necessary for the automatic update installation.

Prior to iOS 9, the dialog window would only offer an option to defer the update to some random point in future, when the dialog would simply pop up again.

install iOS update later

Since iOS 9, Apple has been offering two choices if you tap Later to defer an update. You can either select Install Tonight to schedule the update to take place during the night hours, while connected to power, or have iOS remind you later via the Remind Me Later button. The ideal timeframe is determined through Proactive Assistant, a feature which collects usage data and analyzes your routine for optimum efficiency.


After you’ve scheduled your update, simply accept the terms and conditions of prompted to do so and you’re set. Your iOS device will then update during the night, allowing you to continue usage until you go to bed, fully uninterrupted and free of annoyances. You can also cancel the automatic update installation by going to Settings > General > Software Update, which will display whether a firmware update is currently scheduled along with an option to revoke the planned update.