7 Time-Saving Ways to Fix iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update

Nicole Campbell
January 19, 2021
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    Here, we address the problem of an iPhone that is stuck on “Verifying Update” during the new iOS 14 update. The solutions we will outline in this article have been extensively tested and present the best way to fix the problem and easily resume the update in 2020.

    Before we get to the solutions, however, let’s first begin by taking a look at exactly what this problem is.

    What Is “Verifying Update” on iPhone?

    Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t always mean that your device is stuck on an update when your iPhone says “Verifying Update”. Sometimes it just indicates a verification process that normally takes a few seconds is taking longer than usual.

    Therefore, when you first see “Verifying Update” appear on the screen, give it a few minutes. But if it takes more than 15 minutes for Apple to verify the update, you will know the device is stuck and you need to fix it.

    What is Verifying Update on iPhone?

    Is the iOS Device Really Stuck on “Verifying Update?”

    Just because you see the “Verifying Update” screen for a few minutes on your device, doesn’t mean that the device is stuck. It is important to note that this problem will often occur when Apple releases a new update and millions of users try to download the update at the same time.

    In this scenario, Apple servers can easily get overwhelmed, making the verification process take longer than usual. But like we said, if the verification takes longer than 15 minutes, your device may be stuck.

    How Long Should My iPhone Say Verifying Update?

    Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to this question. The verification process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and depends on numerous factors, some of which you have no control over. As long as there is no problem with the device, a strong and stable Wi-Fi.

    There are users who say the process takes a few seconds and some who had to wait over 5 minutes. But again, if you see “Verifying Update” for longer than 15 minutes, something could be wrong. The following are some of the fixes we recommend you try:

    1. Lock and Wake Up your iPhone

    One of the fastest ways to fix an iPhone that is unable to verify update is to simply press the “Power” button on the device several times. This forces the iPhone’s screen to lock and wake up several times. Doing this several times (up to 5-10 times) has been known to fix this verifying problem. You will know that this solution has worked when the screen goes black and then you see the Apple logo followed by a progress bar, indicating the update process has begun.

    Lock and Wake Up your iPhone

    2. Make Sure that Your iPhone is Connected to a Reliable Wi-Fi Network

    This problem will persist as long as the Wi-Fi network you are using is not strong enough. You may, therefore, want to go to Settings – Wi-Fi to make sure that that the network you’re using is strong and stable. It is also important to note that large and significant updates like an iOS update can’t often be done over cellular data.

    check wifi network

    3. Force Restart the iPhone

    If the problem still persists or the update process takes longer than an hour, you may want to force reboot the iPhone and try again. Just hold down both the Power and Home button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

    When the device restarts, go to Settings > General > Software Update to try again.

    force restart iphone

    3. Redownload the iOS Update

    If this problem persists, it is likely that even the resultant update will be problematic and will not be easily verifiable. The best thing to do in this case is to delete the update and then redownload the iOS update and reinstall it. Follow these simple steps to do it;

    • Step 1: Go to the Settings and then tap on “General > iPhone Storage.”  Find the update and then tap “Delete Update”
    • Step 2: When the update is deleted, restart the device and then go back to Settings > General > Software Update to re-download the update.

    redownload the ios update

    4. Update iPhone via iTunes

    If you’re still unable to update the device OTA, the best solution is to update the device using iTunes. The process is simple, just follow these steps:

    Step 1: Connect the device to the computer using the device’s USB cable or lightning cable.

    Step 2: Open iTunes and make sure that the version of iTunes running on your device is the latest to avoid problems.

    Step 3: Wait while iTunes syncs with the device. When the synchronization process is complete, click on the iPhone icon to select the device.

    Step 4: Go to the “Summary” section and select “Check for Update” and then follow the on-screen instructions to update the device. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

    update via iTunes

    5. Restore with iTunes

    An iTunes update should usually fix the problem, but if you find that your device is still stuck or if new problems come up, you may want to restore the device in iTunes.

    An iTunes restore refreshes the device by removing all the data and settings on the device and reinstalling everything. But it often means that you will lose all the data on your device, particularly if you don’t have a recent backup.

    restore with iTunes

    6. Put the iPhone in DFU Mode

    Putting your iPhone in DFU mode should be a last resort, only to be considered when nothing works and you suspect that there is a serious software issue. A DFU restore allows you to get the iOS out of the way so you can fix the device without any issues that may be affecting the software.

    choose standard mode from interface

    7. Use FixGo

    Rather than restore the device in iTunes and lose all the data on it or perform a DFU restore, we recommend using FixGo. FixGo is an iOS system repair tool that can be used to fix this and 200 other iOS stuck issues, iOS update issues without causing data loss.

    With FixGo you can fix the common system issues of your iPhone at home so that you won’t need to pay high fees to take it to a technical specialist. It is very easy to use and compatible with all iOS devices.

    To use FixGo to fix this problem, install the program on your computer, and then follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: Launch FixGo on your computer and select “Standard Mode” in the main window. Connect the iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect the device.

    choose standard mode

    Step 2: Now download the latest firmware for the device. Click “Browse” to select a path for the firmware package and then click “Download” to begin downloading the firmware.

    download the firmware

    Step 3: Once the firmware download is complete, click “Repair Now” to begin fixing the device. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

    fix your iphone

    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of itoolab.com. She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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