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Here’s How To Pause / Resume iOS 8 Download Via Software Update

Last updated: July 1, 2015 at 23:37 pm

If you have a slow Internet connection or you are traveling from office / college to another place… or you would like to save bandwidth and start downloading iOS 8 update from your 4G/3G connection to WiFi network in your home, then I have some great news for you.

While trying to update my Apple devices to the latest firmware, I have found out a sneaky way to pause the iOS 8 update that happens via the Software Update (Over The Air update) on our iPhones / iPads. Let me explain this in detail:

Want to Pause iOS 8 Download? Disconnect The Internet

To pause your ongoing iOS 8 update, you have to disconnect the device from the Internet. It’s that simple. You can be using the mobile cellular data – switch it OFF in that case. Or your Apple device is connected to WiFi network – turn OFF this connection.

I discovered this trick by luck. Because I have a slow Internet connection that regularly disconnects.

So as I was downloading iOS 8.4 on the device, the Internet stopped working – leaving iPhone without WiFi connection – and leading to this screen (notice the word “Paused” under the download bar):

Greyed out iOS 8 download that was paused automatically

This was a great news as, by default, you cannot pause the ongoing download. It also led to another problem: How do I resume this paused download? The answer was simple:

Connect To The Internet To Resume The iOS 8 Download

So, once again, I connected to the Internet thinking I will have to re-download the complete iOS software once again (which was around 330 MB).

To my luck? The paused download resumed automatically from where it was left off as shown here:

iOS 8 starts downloading once connected to the Internet

So all the iPhone / iPad users out there wondering if iOS 8 can be paused / resumed? You know have the answer. Good luck downloading iOS 8 and let us know if you face any issues.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware