When Apple releases a new iOS update, most people are excited to install it. This is because an update often brings a lot of improvements to your iPhone including new features and new functionality. But in delivering these new features, the update can sometimes feel like it is taking longer than usual.
In this guide, we seek to determine if the iPhone is taking too long to update and what you should do if you think the update process is stuck.
How long does an iOS update take
To determine if an update is stuck or not, you must determine how long an iOS update should ordinarily take. While we may not be able to determine the exact amount of time it will take for an update to complete since it depends on several factors, we can tell you that sometimes, it is normal for an iOS update to take longer than you expect.
It is worth noting that if you are moving to a new version of iOS such as from iOS 12 to iOS 13, the process will take considerably longer to complete than if you were moving from one update point to another, such as iOS 13 to iOS 13.1.
Most people will however be discouraged by the process mostly because, during the update process, nothing else is happening on the screen apart from the progress bar. And it can be difficult to determine if the progress bar is moving at all, just based on the progress bar.
How to tell if an update is still running
There is however a simple way to determine if the update is still running or not. Just press any of the hardware buttons on the iPhone. If you see the message “iPhone will restart when update completes” then you have nothing to worry about since the process is proceeding as it should.
But if you press the button and you don’t see the message, then it is likely that the update is stuck.
How to fix iPhone taking forever to update
If you think that the update is stuck, you are not entirely without options. The following are just some of the things to do:
1. Wait for a while
The first and simplest is simply to wait. Sometimes, the update may be moving slowly and may indeed need a few minutes to complete. But if the progress bar doesn’t move for more than 30 minutes, then it may be unable to complete and you may need more advanced solutions.
2. Force restart the iPhone
You can also try to force restart your iPhone to fix an update that is stuck. Here’s how to force restart an iPhone depending on the model:
iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button and then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press the Side button until you see the Apple Logo.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the side buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.
3. Use FixGo to fix a hung update
If a forced restart doesn’t work or your iPhone won’t hard reset, we recommend using iToolab FixGo to repair your iPhone. This third-party iOS system repair tool is designed to fix problems like this one and many others. Its most notable features include the following:
- Prevent data loss on your iPhone when it is not working properly.
- It can be used to repair up to 200+ iOS system issues including iPhone stuck on the Apple logo, iPhone stuck in a boot loop, etc.
- It is compatible with all versions of the iOS and all models of iOS devices.
To use this program to fix a hung update, download and install it on to your computer and then follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Run the program on your computer and then select “Standard Mode.” Then, connect the iPhone to the computer using its lightning cable. Once the program detects your iPhone, click “Fix Now”.
Step 2: In the next window, click “Download” to begin downloading the latest firmware package for your iPhone.
Step 3: As soon as the download is complete, click on “Repair Now” to begin fixing your iPhone immediately. Just keep your iPhone connected to the computer until the process is complete.