How to Delete Updates on iPod Touch

By Richard Kalinowski

Your iPod Touch’s operating system and apps are regularly updated. You are prompted to approve an update in advance, and they are usually beneficial. If you notice more glitches after a specific update prompt, your new software could have installed improperly, or it may conflict with certain apps on the device. The process for deleting updates varies, depending on whether you are removing operating system or app updates. In either case, deleting iPod Touch updates requires removing whole items and reinstalling them, so don’t delete an update unless the operating glitch is a persistent nuisance.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple iPod USB cable
  • Apple iTunes Software

Delete App Updates

Step 1

Turn on your iPod Touch.

Step 2

Tap and hold your finger on any icon on the iPod Touch main screen. After holding for a few seconds, the icons will start to wobble back and forth, and red “X” marks appear in their corners.

Step 3

Tap the “X” near the icon for the app that is causing problems. A prompt asks if you’re sure that you want to remove the app. Tap on “Remove” to delete the app. App updates are only removed when the entire app is uninstalled and reinstalled.

Step 4

Visit iTunes and download the app again. If you log in with your same iTunes account, you will not have to pay for it a second time. The app will reinstall fresh, without the troublesome update.

Delete Operating System Updates

Step 1

Turn on your iPod Touch and your computer.

Step 2

Connect your iPod Touch to the computer using a USB cable, and open iTunes.

Step 3

Click on the iPod Touch from underneath the “Devices” heading.

Step 4

Click on the “Summary” tab.

Step 5

Click “Restore.” A prompt appears, asking if you want to back up the device first. Select “Back Up” to save your preferences, or click “Don’t Back Up” to proceed without saving any settings. This does not save music or apps, and these are removed when you roll back an operating system update.

Step 6

Click “Restore” again to confirm the action. Your iPod Touch is reverted to its original factory condition. All firmware and iOS updates are removed, but so are your apps and music. You will need to click and drag your files from iTunes back onto the device after it is restored.