How do I stop it from downloading and installing itself?
Fortunately for you, iOS will not update without your consent. You have to physically go in and choose to Download, and Install the Update two steps in order for it to update to the next version of iOS.
It displays a badge on the Settings app on iPhone homescreen, but this will still not update without your consent unlike some Windows OS updates. Unfortunately, the Settings.
Apple TV firmware as well!
So you will have to get used to seeing the "1" on the Settings. You will also have to be careful to decline skip updating your device anytime you plug it in via USB to iTunes. One thing to note, is that you don't have to worry about Wifi syncing with your device. It will not update your device using iTunes Wifi sync. This is also covered in the article above.
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Install iOS 5 on iPhone 3G & 2G or iPod Touch 1G/2G with Whited00r 5
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Yes, you will get questions such as in iTunes, but it won't just install without your confirmation first. If you have an older iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you can upgrade it to Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, released earlier today. So, too, can iPad and iPad 2 owners, and those with a third- or fourth-generation iPod Touch.
Note that many people are reporting problems with the iOS 5 installation ; the following covers the basic procedure as it's supposed to go. To get iOS 5, the first order of business is to update to iTunes Once iTunes is up-to-date, connect your iOS device. If you aren't prompted automatically to start downloading iOS 5, select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch under the Devices header in the left-hand column and click Check for Update. A pop-up window will appear, alerting you that a new iOS version is available for your device. Click the Download and Update button. Or, if you are going to need your phone in the near future, opt for the Download Only button to download it now and install later.
Click through the next three screens to start the download.
If you want to see its progress, click Downloads under the Store header in the left-hand column of iTunes. It shows you the estimated time remaining and how many megabytes have been downloaded. Once the download completes, the installation will begin automatically if you chose the Download and Update option. Once iOS 5 is installed, you'll need to hop through a few setup screens on your device before it's ready to use.
You'll be asked to enable location services, sign in with your Apple log-in, enter your birthday, agree to terms and conditions, set up iCloud, and enable Find My iPhone.