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How to fix iPhone not updating problems, Step by step with photos.

How to fix iPhone do not update


Hello. Chaltrends here. 

Let's talk about what to do when your iPhone is not updating. There are a lot f different ways to update an iPhone. Most people watching this Post probably just went to the setting app, went to software Update, and had a problem. 

You can also use a computer. We're gonna walk you through the gamut of fixes, and there are a bunch o different ways to fix this problem. 

For 90% of the people, what we talk about, is gonna fix the problem right away. The other 10% are gonna have to do a DFU Restore and we're gonna help you with that too. 

What's the first one? 

1. Make sure Your iPhone is actually compatible with the new iOS update. 

Every year a few phones just don't make the cut. So we'll leave a link below to the phones that are up -to- date and compatible with the most recent iOS update. 


And if its time for a new phone, which it might be if your phone isn't on that list, check out.

2. Hard Reset Your iPhone. 

Yeah, if your iPhone is compatible with the new iOS update, let's do a hard reset. Why are we doing a hard reset instead of a normal restart? 

Because sometimes a little software problems can crop up that cause iPhones to have a difficult time updating. How do we do it? to hard reset an iPhone eight or newer, press and release the volume down button. 

How to hard reset iPhone

Then press and hold that side button. Keep holding, the screen was gonna go black, Apple logo will appear and then you can release the side button. 

If you have an iPhone seven, it's the side button and the volume down button. Just press and hold those simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. Sometimes it can take 25 - to 30 seconds for this to actually happen. 

So be patient and keep holding, don't give up early. Right, and then you can let go. Especially if there's a software problem, it can take a long time. 

3. Make Sure You Have Enough Storage Space On Your iPhone  (For The IOS Update.)

These updates can be one - and - a- half, two gigabytes. The iOS 14.5 update on my phone was 5.7 gigabytes, which felt kind of high. They used to be one-and-a-half or two. Now they're getting. 

Let's go to settings, tap General, tap iPhone Storage. And here you'll see how much storage space you have left. I have 46.3 gigabytes of 64 use, so that's about 18 gigabytes left. That should be enough for an iOS update. 

iPhone Storage

Absolutely, good math right there, 

4. Delete And Reinstall The IOS Update

While you're here if you'r iPhone's just stuck on update and verifying, or stuck preparing, come down here and look for iOS 14.5, 14.6 15. And just tap on that and then tap, delete, and go back and download and install the update again. 

That's where a lot of people can get stuck when it's when it's verifying or preparing. And just, start over. Exactly.

It's not like you can get in there and tell it to one on. That's the way to do it. Actually, had that problem the other day I did have that problem the other day. And you fixed it. 

5. Try A Different Update Method 

So maybe you just tried using your computer. Well, now you try it on the iPhone. If you go to settings and then tap on General, select the main page of Settings. 

Tap on General, tap Software Update, and then tap Download and Install if an iOS update is available. And  if you've already tried this way, it's time to use a computer. 

It can be any computer, it doesn't have to be yours. Cause iTunes or Finder is just a tool in this scenario. So if you have a Mac that's running Mac OS 10. 15 or later, you're gonna use Finder. 

If you have a PC or a Mac running a 10.14 or before, you're gonna use iTunes. Try to update your iPhone that way. If you're using your computer to update your iPhone, try using a different lightning cable. 

Sometimes the cables can get frayed and then it won't update if it can't make a clean connection and make it all the way through the process. Yes it's cool that they built in the over-the-air software updates, even though most of the people who are watching this Post had a problem with the over-the-air software updates; meaning it just happens on the phone. 

Because there are so many variables with PCs and Macs, like cables, like USB ports would have be a problem. Try somebody else's computer, try the phone. 

And if you're using a PC watch out for that antivirus software. Right, and we're not even gonna get into how to fix that.  

We can put a link to that article. perfect, we'll leave a link to that in the Description section of this Post. 

6. Check Apple's Servers. 

This is really only an issue with the major iOS updates, iOS 15, but everyone tries to download the new major update all at once, and Apple's servers, sometimes they just can't handle it. Can you believe that? That can happen at anytime, really. 

Sometime they just do it to drive traffic to the Apple store when they stop selling enough stuff. Just turn off the servers. 

But you can check to see if they're off. How do we do it? we'll leave the link in the Description Section below to the Apple system Status page. System Status page. 

One of the lesser visited websites, make sure that the dots are green. If the dots aren't green, there might be an issue. 

7. Back Up Your iPhone. 

If you've made it this far and your iPhone still won't update, back it up. Back it up, because we're gonna have to get a little bit more invasive with the fixes. 

You can either back your iPhone up to iCloud, which Is I think the easiest way, or a computer. Same deal as before with finder on the newer Macs, or iTunes on the older Macs and the PCs. 

8. Reset All Settings

Then we're going dot reset all the settings. yes this restores everything in the Settings app to factory defaults. Your Wi-Fi passwords are gonna. 

Bluetooth devices, they're gone. But really its kind of annoying, but this is this can fix a lingering software problem. 

Right, and if you're really, annoyed by it then you can just restore from the backup afterwards, which is more annoying. 

But at leats you won't have lost anything at all. So Reset All Settings can get things unstuck. It's a magic bullet for software problems like updates not working. 

So let's tap back to General, upper left - hand corner of the screen. Scroll all the way down and tap on Reset, and then tap Reset All Settings. 

Enter your passcode, a confirmation pop-up will appear saying, are you sure you want to secret all settings? You tap Reset All Settings, the reset Happens, your iPhone will turn off and then turn back on. 

We've done it before.

9. DFU Restore Your iPhone 

 If we Reset All Settings didn't work, its time to put  your iPhone inDFU mode. Before you do a DFU Restore, which takes everything off your phone and puts it back on again. 

Because, if your iPhone is damaged in any way, sometimes the DFU Restore will fail and then you'll end up with a Bricked iPhone. So it just won't work. 

So be very careful before you do this. 

There should be absolutely no problem with a DFU Restore and it will update your iPhone in the process. You can read our Post about how to DFU Restore your iPhone. 

we'll drop some links in the Description Section below. But especially if you just dropped your iPhone in a lake or dropped it on the concrete and ran over with your car, may be then the DFU Restore, kinda scary.

Don't do it. And don't blame us. 

There's a reason why we added this warning Post and it's because we didn't have it in other Posts.

10. Contact Apple. 

If maybe you're a little bit concerned' Apple store punch out, set up an appointment, or call or online. Lots of good options there. 

So different Wi-Fi networks  different stuff until this works. And eventually your iPhone will update. 


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