iPad Update Stuck in iOS 14? Here Are 5 Easy Methods

iOS 14 is now available for most crazy Apple fans who have been waiting the new release of iOS version for a long time. The new version can be simply downloaded and installed on the iPhone or iPad. Or you can install it via iTunes. Yet, the iOS update may fail sometimes. For example, the error of iPad stuck on iOS 14 update always occurs in these days. Fortunately, most common reasons and solutions for this iPad update issue are listed in this article.

Part 1. Frequently Arising iPad Stuck Issues in iOS 14 Update

Update with iTunes:

If you update your iPad system with iTunes, you may have the issues below:

  • Some error codes arise when updating with iTunes, such as error 4013, 8, 51, 21, 2, etc.
  • iPad is stuck on black screen or white screen with spinning wheel.
  • iPad update process is taking forever in iTunes.
  • iPad is stuck on Recovery/DFU mode.
  • iPad is stuck on Apple logo.

Update over the Air:

If your install the newest iOS 14 directly from iPad settings, you may come across:

  • The device is stuck on preparing update.
  • Stuck on verifying update.
  • Stuck on "Download and Install" interface.
  • The iPad is stuck at "Update Requested".

Part 2. How to Fix iPad Update Stuck Issue in iOS 14

We have tested all the possible solutions and finally gathered the ones with the highest success rate to fix the iPad update stuck issue. You can check each solution one by one and get the most effective solution for yourself.

2.1 Force Reboot Your iPad

Any software related issues on youriPad can be repaired by a force restart. Follow the steps below to force reboot the iPad.

iPad models with home button: Press and hold the top button and the home button at the same time. When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons at the same time.

Other models of iPad: Press the Volume Up button and release it, press the Volume Down button and release it, then press and hold the top button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

restart ipad

2.2 Check the iPad Storage

iOS update usually requires the free storage of more than 750-800MB. Thus it is recommended to confirm the capacity and keep enough capacity to download and install iOS 13 before updating your iPad system.

  • Step 1. Click on Settings > General.
  • Step 2. Click on "iPad storage".
  • Step 3. You can see the remaining capacity at the top this interface. It is recommended to reserve at least 1GB.

check ipad storage

2.3 Delete iOS Update Firmware and Reinstall

One more tip available to fix iPad update stuck problem is to delete the iOS update file from your iPad and reinstall it. The procedures to perform this vary for iOS devices with different iOS versions.

  • For iOS 11 and older versions: Click on 'Settings' > 'General' > 'Storage & iCloud Usage' > 'Manage Storage' and the latest version of iOS 13 or iOS 13 will be displayed on the home screen. Hit on ‘Delete Update’.
  • For iOS versions later than iOS 11: Navigate to 'Settings' > 'General' > 'iPad Storage', then click on iOS update and tick 'Delete Update'.

After deleting the iOS version package, you can then go to Settings, tap on > 'General > 'Software Update' to reinstall the newest firmware package.

delete ipad update profile

2.4 Update iPad to iOS 13 Using iTunes

There are 2 ways to update iOS version: using iTunes or the device settings. If the update fails on the iPad, try to update using iTunes with the steps below.

  • Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to your computer.
  • Step 2. Click on "Update".
  • Step 3. Then click on "Download and Update" and the update will start automatically.

check for update

2.5 Update iPad to iOS 13 with the Best iTunes Alternative

Sometimes, when you update your iPad to iOS 13 with iTunes, and the update is unsuccessful just like what are mentioned in Part 1, the best way will be using one of the best iTunes alternatives – FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This repair tool is used to fix any types of iPhone and iPad issues, including the software issues and the update issues.

This program is safe and will not delete your iPad data during the repair process. Below are the procedures to fix this iPad update stuck issue with FoneGeek iOS System Recovery.


Step 1. Launch the repair program after downloading it on your Windows or Mac. Once launched, hit on ‘Repair Operating System’ from the given options.

choose repair mode and connect the device

Step 2. On the main screen of the repair mode, plug your device with the computer and click on ‘Fix Now’. The next screen will let you know how to put the iPad into DFU mode. You can do that by following the on-screen instructions.

cilck on fix now

Step 3. The software will detect that the iPad is in DFU mode and offer the firmware package of the newest iOS. After that, click on ‘download’ button to download and install the appropriate iOS version.

download firmware package

repair ios system

After checking the tricks in this post, you shall now have a clear idea on how to fix iPad upgrade stuck issue. You can refer to the article of ‘The Most Common 10 iOS 13/12 Problems and How to Fix Them


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Jul 07, 2019, 23:18:55

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.