iOS 17: How to Block Unwanted App Downloads from Other Devices

Tired of seeing your iPhone cluttered with apps downloaded on your other iOS devices? It’s a common issue that can be easily fixed. In just a few steps, you can prevent apps from automatically downloading and appearing on your iPhone. Let’s dive in and learn how to stop downloads from other devices on your iPhone.

You can also check out this video about how to stop your iPhone from downloading app purchases on other devices for more information.

iOS 17 How to Stop Downloading Apps from Other Devices to iPhone Tutorial

When you download an app on one iOS device, it automatically downloads to your other devices linked with the same Apple ID. This feature can be convenient, but not always desired. The following steps will guide you through the process of disabling this feature.

Step 1: Open Settings

Navigate to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone. This is where you can manage all your device preferences.

The ‘Settings’ app is typically found on your home screen. Look for the gear icon. Once you open ‘Settings,’ you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2: Tap on Your Apple ID

At the top of the ‘Settings’ menu, tap on your Apple ID. It’s usually your name with a picture or icon next to it.

This will take you to your Apple ID settings, where you can adjust various account-related options.

Step 3: Select ‘iTunes & App Store’

In the Apple ID settings, find and select ‘iTunes & App Store.’ This section controls your purchases and downloads.

Here you can manage your payment information, subscriptions, and other download settings related to your Apple ID.

Step 4: Toggle off ‘Apps’ under ‘Automatic Downloads’

Look for the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section and find ‘Apps.’ Simply toggle the switch to the off position.

By doing this, you’re telling your iPhone not to automatically download apps that you or someone else downloads on your other devices with the same Apple ID.

After completing the steps above, your iPhone will no longer automatically download apps from your other devices. This means you have more control over what appears on your phone. It’s a simple solution for keeping your screen uncluttered and customized to your liking.

Tips for Managing Apps with iOS 17

  • Regularly review your ‘Automatic Downloads’ settings to ensure they align with your preferences.
  • Remember that changing these settings on one device does not change them on all devices; you’ll need to adjust the settings individually.
  • Consider creating separate Apple IDs for different devices if you want completely independent app libraries.
  • Use the ‘Offload Unused Apps’ feature in iPhone Storage settings to manage space without losing data.
  • Keep in mind that disabling automatic downloads may mean you need to manually download apps on each device where you want them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop my iPhone from syncing apps with my iPad?

Go to ‘Settings’ > [your name] > ‘iTunes & App Store’ on your iPhone and toggle off ‘Apps’ under ‘Automatic Downloads.’

Will turning off ‘Automatic Downloads’ affect app updates?

No, app updates are managed separately and will still occur automatically if that setting is enabled.

Can I still use Family Sharing if I disable ‘Automatic Downloads’?

Yes, Family Sharing will still work, but apps won’t automatically download across devices.

Will disabling ‘Automatic Downloads’ free up space on my iPhone?

It will prevent additional space from being used by unwanted automatic downloads, but existing apps need to be removed manually to free up space.

If I download an app on my iPhone, will it still automatically download on my other devices?

If you disable ‘Automatic Downloads’ on your other devices, they will not download the app automatically.


  1. Open ‘Settings’
  2. Tap on your Apple ID
  3. Select ‘iTunes & App Store’
  4. Toggle off ‘Apps’ under ‘Automatic Downloads’


Managing the apps on your iPhone should be easy and tailored to your personal preference. With iOS 17, you now have the power to stop downloading apps from other devices, keeping your phone’s storage and screen uncluttered. It’s important to remember that while this setting brings convenience to some, it can be a hassle for others. That’s why it’s crucial to understand how to adjust these settings to fit your lifestyle. Whether you have an extensive collection of devices or just prefer to keep things simple, taking control of your app downloads will improve your overall iOS experience.

Remember, every device functions independently, so you’ll need to repeat these steps on each iPhone or iPad you own. But don’t let this be a daunting task. Embrace the customization and control that comes with iOS 17, and make your devices work for you, not against you. With this newfound knowledge, go ahead and take charge of your digital space. Happy customizing!