However, there’s a simple — yet very hidden — trick to viewing more installation options that give you complete control over when the update is downloaded and installed.
You can use this shortcut to tell your Apple device to only download the update, or to download it now and install it later; both of which are in addition to the standard download and install option.
Here’s what you need to do.
How to find your iPhone’s hidden update menu
Should I install iOS updates as soon as they’re released?
Honestly, this is up to you. Some people like to wait a few days after an update is released to make sure there aren’t any major bugs or issues. However, many updates like the recently released iOS 16.3.1 include security fixes for exploits, and those are the types of updates you should install right away.
I tend to install updates as soon as they’re available. It’s been years since Apple has had a major issue with a release.
Why didn’t the update install overnight?
I’ve had this happen to me a couple of times. I’ve selected to have an update installed that night while I slept, only to wake up to have the update still pending.
The main reason? Because I also forgot to connect that device to the charger overnight or I didn’t have a Wi-Fi connection. So, if you run into the same issue, make sure your device is charging and is connected to Wi-Fi.