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  • [Review] Software Update Killer - Completely Disable iOS 5 Software Update


    When you are jailbroken and happy with your untethered jailbreak, the last thing you want to do is accidentally update your software using Apple’s over the air (OTA) updating service. The service will badger you about updates endlessly, both with application icon badges, internal application indicators, and with the software update download and install pane. There are free jailbreak tweaks with the ability to disable the application icon badge, however to go more in depth with getting rid of these endless notifications, you will need to take a look at a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Software Update Killer by iOS developer Lunatik.

    As illustrated by the screenshot above, installing Software Update Killer will completely decommission the download and install update button so it cannot be accidentally tapped on. Software Update Killer doesn’t stop there; it disables the application icon badges that appear on the home screen icon, however it goes a step further and also removes the internal Settings application badge as shown below:



    The three functions Software Update Killer carries out are helpful for keeping those annoying notifications away, however it also doubles up to be a great precaution for assisting in keeping your iOS device from accidentally being updated by kids or someone who doesn’t know any better when the notification comes up.

    Software updates will be found and displayed normally, only you will not be able to download and install them or be notified about them (until you remove the tweak); you will have to check for these updates manually. Software Update Killer has no options to configure from the Settings application and you will need to be running iOS 5 to install it since no older iOS versions support OTA updates. The tweak works perfectly and it would absolutely be useful for many people. Be sure to download it and try it out if you think it will be useful.

    Name: Software Update Killer
    Price: FREE
    Verison: 1.0.0
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Lunatik
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Software Update Killer - Absolutely Disable iOS 5 Software Update started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Good tweak, but one question...doesnt jailbreaking disables the ability to update OTA anyway?
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      one question...doesnt jailbreaking disables the ability to update OTA anyway?
      i was thinking the same thing
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Good tweak, but one question...doesnt jailbreaking disables the ability to update OTA anyway?
      From what I heard, people have been able to use OTA update and end up with a tethered jailbreak on the latest firmware. It's nothing I can confirm or deny as I've never tried it. However, whether or not you can use the feature, you can still tap on it and screw up your jailbreak.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Hmm, thanks for the info
    1. GaMotua's Avatar
      GaMotua -
      I am running 5.1 untethered though I don't remember updating...
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Yea, right...you can only do that in a 3gs old bootrom...anyway, he didnt said you'd get untethered by updating
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Look like not working on iPhone 4S.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Works here. It's been annoying me the whole time. I wonder if it was an increase in battery life not updating it always being there
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post


      When you are jailbroken and happy with your untethered jailbreak, the last thing you want to do is accidentally update your software using Apple’s over the air (OTA) updating service. The service will badger you about updates endlessly, both with application icon badges, internal application indicators, and with the software update download and install pane. There are free jailbreak tweaks with the ability to disable the application icon badge, however to go more in depth with getting rid of these endless notifications, you will need to take a look at a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Software Update Killer by iOS developer Lunatik.

      As illustrated by the screenshot above, installing Software Update Killer will completely decommission the download and install update button so it cannot be accidentally tapped on. Software Update Killer doesn’t stop there; it disables the application icon badges that appear on the home screen icon, however it goes a step further and also removes the internal Settings application badge as shown below:



      The three functions Software Update Killer carries out are helpful for keeping those annoying notifications away, however it also doubles up to be a great precaution for assisting in keeping your iOS device from accidentally being updated by kids or someone who doesn’t know any better when the notification comes up.

      Software updates will be found and displayed normally, only you will not be able to download and install them or be notified about them (until you remove the tweak); you will have to check for these updates manually. Software Update Killer has no options to configure from the Settings application and you will need to be running iOS 5 to install it since no older iOS versions support OTA updates. The tweak works perfectly and it would absolutely be useful for many people. Be sure to download it and try it out if you think it will be useful.

      Name: Software Update Killer
      Price: FREE
      Verison: 1.0.0
      Requirements: iOS 5
      Repo: BigBoss
      Developer: Lunatik
      Editor's Rating:  4/5

      Sources: Cydia
      Im having an issue here, I went into an apple store and I was having a prob with a replacement I-phone, switching over my info to the new phone, um, I'm very pissed because the lady updated my software and when I confronted her why she did it she explained the towers, and I'm like lady, wtf? My phone was a basic 4(sprint) firmware 3.0, and she updated my stuff to a 5.1. I was about to j/b my shyt that day! Anyone can I reverse this? # 2 I still have my old I phone 4 also that I transferred the info from. If I go back to that phone will it too,go automatically to 5.1?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      You are asking this on the wrong thread...anyway you can only downgrade if you have the shsh for that firmware...btw, you say you had an iphone 4 with 3.0?
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post


      When you are jailbroken and happy with your untethered jailbreak, the last thing you want to do is accidentally update your software using Apple’s over the air (OTA) updating service. The service will badger you about updates endlessly, both with application icon badges, internal application indicators, and with the software update download and install pane. There are free jailbreak tweaks with the ability to disable the application icon badge, however to go more in depth with getting rid of these endless notifications, you will need to take a look at a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Software Update Killer by iOS developer Lunatik.

      As illustrated by the screenshot above, installing Software Update Killer will completely decommission the download and install update button so it cannot be accidentally tapped on. Software Update Killer doesn’t stop there; it disables the application icon badges that appear on the home screen icon, however it goes a step further and also removes the internal Settings application badge as shown below:



      The three functions Software Update Killer carries out are helpful for keeping those annoying notifications away, however it also doubles up to be a great precaution for assisting in keeping your iOS device from accidentally being updated by kids or someone who doesn’t know any better when the notification comes up.

      Software updates will be found and displayed normally, only you will not be able to download and install them or be notified about them (until you remove the tweak); you will have to check for these updates manually. Software Update Killer has no options to configure from the Settings application and you will need to be running iOS 5 to install it since no older iOS versions support OTA updates. The tweak works perfectly and it would absolutely be useful for many people. Be sure to download it and try it out if you think it will be useful.

      Name: Software Update Killer
      Price: FREE
      Verison: 1.0.0
      Requirements: iOS 5
      Repo: BigBoss
      Developer: Lunatik
      Editor's Rating:  4/5

      Sources: Cydia
      Now would be the time I would be seeing this...talk about luck like al bundy...sheesh.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      Look like not working on iPhone 4S.
      Works fine for me.

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      From what I heard, people have been able to use OTA update and end up with a tethered jailbreak on the latest firmware. It's nothing I can confirm or deny as I've never tried it. However, whether or not you can use the feature, you can still tap on it and screw up your jailbreak.
      It actually just gives you an error. Here is a video (allbeit on an iPod touch but I can confirm it's the same on a 4S).
      iOS 5.0 to 5.0.1 Jailbroken OTA Update - What Happens - YouTube
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Nice tweak - although I just deleted the OTA daemon with all the other slower downers
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      You are asking this on the wrong thread...anyway you can only downgrade if you have the shsh for that firmware...btw, you say you had an iphone 4 with 3.0?
      Well with all due respect, I understand that I am on the wrong thread I only have a couple of days left to send the original phone back an was just wondering of anyone knows how to um, downgrade? Or should I just go to the appl store and explain? Again?

      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      You are asking this on the wrong thread...anyway you can only downgrade if you have the shsh for that firmware...btw, you say you had an iphone 4 with 3.0?
      Well the firmware is 3.0.04. Version 5.1(9b176) model 200LL
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kenn@rd. View Post
      Now would be the time I would be seeing this...talk about luck like al bundy...sheesh.
      Please refrain from quoting the entire article in your replies. You've done it twice. It makes it tedious to scroll.
    1. kevin2590's Avatar
      kevin2590 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GaMotua View Post
      I am running 5.1 untethered though I don't remember updating...
      There is no untethered jailbreak for 5.1 yet. You must be on 5.0.1
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin2590 View Post
      There is no untethered jailbreak for 5.1 yet. You must be on 5.0.1
      Yea, he's just trolling...unless he has a old br 3gs
    1. Sammarkhin's Avatar
      Sammarkhin -
      When will untethered jailbreak come out for ios 5.1 A4 devices :-O
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      this is so much better than the noupdate by greensnow
    1. Lunatik's Avatar
      Lunatik -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      Look like not working on iPhone 4S.
      It should work as I originally coded it for the 4S. It has been tested on the 4S, i4, iPad1 and iPad2 all on 5.0.1. If it's not working then another tweak must be interfering and I'll need to know which one may be conflicting.