Software updates are there for two main reasons: to fix problems and bring improvements to help upgrade your smartphone’s performance. The second one is for visuals, but that’s not what we’re talking about today.

But as history taught us, some software releases did nothing but ruin your smartphone’s system that caused performance issues and slowdowns.

Even iPhones are not safe from this. Just recently, when I updated my almost 4-year-old iPhone Xr to iOS 16.2, it drastically slowed my device down to the point that even web browsing was laggy.

Updating it to the newer iOS 16.3 fixed the problem. But what if a fix didn’t come? Is there a way to uninstall an iOS update to make a device stable? Yes, that’s what the iPhone’s new Rapid Security Responses feature is for. In this article, we’ll show you how to use it.



What are the Rapid Security Responses on iPhones?

Available on iOS 16 and later, Apple’s new Rapid Security Responses (RSR) are updates that are immediately rolled out to fix significant security vulnerabilities which are very time sensitive. They can also patch Safari and WebKit issues, attachable system files, and vulnerable accessories like AirPods and more.

Once available, RSRs will be automatically downloaded and installed on your iPhone so the problems are fixed right away — if you enabled “Automatic Updates” on your smartphone. If not, you can manually do it by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

The problem is, since they are made to fix problems as fast as possible, these updates were developed in a rush. While it may fix vulnerabilities, it may cause performance issues and instability as well.

Why should you uninstall Rapid Security Responses?

As said earlier, Rapid Security Responses are usually developed in a hurry to fix a security vulnerability, which may lead to performance issues.

So if you prefer a more stable performance than security risks, then you might want to disable automatic RSR updates or uninstall it if your iPhone already did it for you.

How to uninstall iPhone Rapid Security Responses

Step 1: Open Settings.


Step 2: Click General.


Step 3: Tap About.


Step 4: Tap iOS version.


Step 5: Click “Remove Security Response”.

How to enable or disable automatic Rapid Security Response updates

Step 1: Go to Settings.


Step 2: Go to General.


Step 3: Tap Software Updates.


Step 4: Turn Automatic Updates On.


Step 5: Under “Security Responses & System Files” turn the toggle on or off if you want to enable or disable automatic Rapid Security Responses.


Unfortunately, there’s no official way to download an older and more stable iOS version if that’s what you’re after. There are workarounds on how to do it, but unless you have the technical ability to perform the procedure properly, we highly discourage it.

Anyway, that’s how you can uninstall an iOS update if you’re experiencing performance issues after a software upgrade. As said earlier, RSRs are just minor patches, patches that will soon be available on a more substantial iOS update. So if you choose to delete it, don’t worry, as a more stable update with the same fix is on the horizon.

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