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How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Slide to Upgrade Screen

Are you trying to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS 16 Beta but you keep getting stuck on the “Slide to Upgrade” screen? This is a common problem that can occur on older device models like iPhone 8 or older, but it has also been observed in newer iPhone models.

iphone stuck on slide to upgrade

In this article, we will look at this particular issue and share with you some of the best ways to fix an iPhone that is stuck on the swipe to upgrade screen during an iOS 16 update.

1. Force Restart iPhone

One of the best ways to fix this problem is to force restart your iPhone. A force restart can refresh the device’s memory and remove any system bugs that could be keeping it from completing the update process.

  • To force restart an iPhone 12, 11, XS, XR, and X: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

force restart iphone

  • To force restart an iPad with Face ID: Press and hold one of the Volume buttons and the Top button at the same time. Drag the slider to turn off the device and then press and hold the Top button until the Apple logo appears.

force restart ipad

2. Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup

Restoring the iPhone in iTunes is another great way to fix this and many other iOS problems that may affect your device. Follow these steps to restore our iPhone from an iTunes backup;

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer and open iTunes if it doesn’t automatically open.

Step 2: Click on the device icon when it appears in iTunes. If iTunes cannot detect the connected device, you may need to put the iPhone in recovery mode (see the next solution).

Step 3: Click on the “Summary” tab and then select “Restore Backup.” Choose the most recent backup file that you have and click “Restore.” Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

restore iphone from itunes backup

NoteNote
This method may not work if Find My iPhone is enabled on the device. To disable it, go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and enter your iCloud password.

3. Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode

If restoring the iPhone from an iTunes backup doesn’t work or if iTunes fails to detect the connected device, you should try to restore the device in recovery mode. This method may cause data loss, so ensure that you have a recent backup of all the data on your iPhone before attempting this solution.

Step 1: Ensure that you are using the latest version of iTunes. Connect the iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes.

Step 2: Now put your device in recovery mode.

  • For iPhone 12, 11, XS, XR and X: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

  • For iPads with Face ID: Press and release the Volume Up button quickly, do the same with the Volume Down button, and then keep pressing the Top button until the device begins the restart process. Continue to hold down the Top button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

Step 3: iTunes will detect the device that is in recovery mode and inform you to “Restore” or “Update” it. Just click on “Restore”and wait for the restoration to complete.

itunes recovery mode

4. Fix iPhone Stuck on Slide to Upgrade with Third-party Tool

If you don’t want to lose any data, the best way for you to fix this problem is to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This is a third-party iOS system repair tool that is designed to fix iOS system issues like this one and it will do so without affecting any of the data on your device.

Before we look at how it works, let’s first take a look at some of its main features;

  • Fix most of the common iOS issues including a device that is stuck on the black screen, white Apple logo, or a boot loop.

  • It will fix all these common iOS errors without causing data loss.

  • You can use it to update or downgrade the iOS version on your device without using iTunes.

  • Fully compatible with all versions of iOS, including iOS 16 and all iPhone models.

Here’s how to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix an iPhone stuck on the “Slide to Upgrade” screen;

Step 1: Start by installing the program on your computer. You can download the setup file from the FoneGeek’s main website and then follow the installation wizard’s instructions to install it.

   

Step 2: Open it after installation and then click on the “Standard Mode” on the main page.

choose repair mode

Step 3: Now connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables, unlock it and then click “Next” to continue.

connect ios device

If the program is unable to detect the connected device, follow the onscreen instructions to put it in DFU or recovery mode.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 4: On the next screen, you should see details about the connected device and you will be required to download the matching firmware package for the device. Just click “Download” to start downloading the firmware package that you need.

download firmware

Step 5: Once the download is finished, tap on “Fix Now” and FoneGeek iOS System Recovery will begin fixing the device. Your device will restart in normal mode and you should be able to update it to the latest version of iOS without any issues.

fix now

Final Words

Updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS should be a very simple process, but sometimes you can run into various issues that can hinder the update process, preventing you from installing the update.

If you get stuck on the “Slide to Upgrade” screen when trying to update the device, the solutions in this guide should help. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery in particular will fix the issue without affecting any of the data on your device.

Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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