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My iPhone won't update during the download of the latest operating system.

iPhone not updating? 7 quick fix tips to try

Apple releases many updates to its iOS every year. As a result, an iPhone needs to be regularly updated to have the latest version of the operating system. However, an iPhone not updating is a more common occurrence than you may think. Here we list some quick fixes to try if you’re iPhone fails to update.

How to fix an iPhone failing to update problem

If you are seeing an error message that your iPhone is not updating then these seven fixes could save you from having to visit a repair shop. Therefore you won’t need to pay to fix your iPhone model.

1. Fully charge your phone

It seems pretty obvious to make sure that your iPhone is charged up. However, an iPhone won’t update unless its battery is at 50% or more. In this way, the handset won’t shut down part of the way through an update. So, ensure your iPhone has enough power and no charging problems.

2. Do you have enough storage space?

Similarly to battery power, an iPhone will not download the latest iOS if there is not enough storage space. A message should pop up during the installation. However, you can check your storage space yourself in: Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

If you don’t have the required space then consider deleting some images and apps.

3. Are you trying to update an older iPhone?

As Apple’s iOS continues to evolve, the number of iPhones it will work on reduces. The latest iOS 14 will currently only work on iPhone 6s and newer models. Therefore, if you have an iPhone 6 or older you won’t be able to update.

You can find out which operating system your iPhone model will support over at Apple’s website. You can also locate which iPhone model you have from this handy finder.

iPhone fails to update at the welcome screen of the latest iOS.

4. iPhone fails to update with a poor Internet connection

A strong Internet connection is needed otherwise your iPhone may fail to update. Resetting your router and also turning your Wi-Fi on and off in the settings menu should be the first things to try in order to reset the connection.

5. Try using iTunes or the Finder window instead

There are two ways to update an iPhone to the latest iOS. Firstly, within the settings app. Secondly, through iTunes.

Ensure to backup your iPhone first. Once in iTunes, click the iPhone button at the top of the iTunes window. Next, on the right-hand-side of the screen, click “update”.

What’s more, if iTunes fails to update your iPhone try the Finder window.

Connect your iPhone and open Finder. Click on iPhone under “Locations” on the left-hand side of the window. Then “Check For Update”.

6. Are Apple’ servers overloaded?

Quite possibly. New releases of iOS bring millions of downloads, which can swamp Apple’s servers. Patience may be required, but the status of Apple’s servers can be checked here.

7. iPhone won’t update if using VPN

A common problem can be caused by VPN. Using a Virtual Private Network can cause an iPhone not to update. Disabling the VPN and then subsequently updating usually solves this problem.

iPhone fails to update conclusions

Hopefully some of the quick fixes detailed here will help you solve the issue of why your iPhone won’t update. If you continue to have trouble then come in and see us at one of our stores. We’ll gladly take a look at your device and diagnose why it is that your iPhone is not updating to the latest iOS.

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