My IPhone Won’t Update 5 Easy Fixes

Ah, technology! While it’s a marvel that has redefined the way we live, it can also be an enigmatic beast. There’s nothing more frustrating than when our reliable gadgets decide to play coy. Take the all-too-common issue: your iPhone refusing to update. This happened to me recently, and I’ve discovered some incredibly handy fixes that I want to share with you today.

Picture this: I’m sat comfortably in my home office, coffee in hand, getting ready to take advantage of the newest iOS features that the tech-world has been buzzing about. But, wait! My trusty iPhone, my constant companion in this tech-driven world, sits still, obstinately refusing to update. Frustrating, right? But don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Let’s dive into 10 hands-on fixes for this tech hiccup that worked for me.

1. Check Your Internet Connection

A strong Wi-Fi connection is crucial for downloading updates. To ensure your Wi-Fi is in good working condition, open your browser and visit any webpage (say, YouTube or Google). If it loads without issue, your Wi-Fi is probably not the problem. But if it’s slow or non-responsive, consider restarting your router or getting closer to it for better signal strength.

Check your internet connection


2. Ensure Sufficient Storage

The iOS update requires some free space on your iPhone. Head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to view your available storage. If it’s not enough, consider removing unused apps or deleting old photos/videos. I usually start with apps I haven’t opened in months or those blurry photos that I keep meaning to delete.

Ensure Sufficient Storage

3. Give Your iPhone a Fresh Start

Sometimes, a simple restart can solve the problem. To do this, press and hold the power button until the “slide to power off” option appears. Slide it, and your iPhone will turn off. After it’s completely off, press the power button until the Apple logo appears, indicating it’s rebooting.

Give Your iPhone a Fresh Start

4. Remove and Re-download the Update

If the update file is corrupt, it might refuse to install. To delete the update, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, find the update in the list, and tap it. Then, select “Delete Update.” Now you can go back to Settings > General > Software Update and download the update again. It might just do the trick!

Remove and Re-download the Update

5. Update Using Your Computer

If the over-the-air update refuses to cooperate, you can use your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer, and open iTunes (for Windows and older MacOS versions) or Finder (for MacOS Catalina and newer). Select your device and click on “Check for Update.” If an update is available, click “Update.”

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Benjamin Johnson

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