iOS 12 Update Stuck at Update Requested? How to Fix It

12/21/2018 Posted by FoneGeek

I attempt to update my iPhone to iOS 12.1 but keep getting an 'Update Requested…' message and the download never start. How can I get out of this and update my iPhone X as usual?” 

Apple regularly released iOS update in order to fix minor bugs and other issues of iPhone. However, many users complained that their iPhone stuck on "Update Requested" when attempting to perform an update. Well, it is a common issue for iOS users while updating to a new iOS version such as iOS 12, and there are various reasons why your iOS stuck at Update Requested. In this article, we'll explain why your iPhone is stuck on Update Requested and show you some tips to fix this problem without any hassle. 

Tip 1. Check Your Device Storage 

In some cases, iOS update stuck on Update Requested could be a result of insufficient space on your iPhone. So the first and most obvious potential fix for iOS 12 updating issues is to check your device storage. If you get the message "Storage Almost Full", you can delete files that you no longer need to free up space and then try updating iPhone to iOS 12 again. 

iPhone Storage Almost Full

Tip 2. Perform a Hard Reset

If your iPhone is stuck on Update Requested, it is possible because software crashed and resulting in your device freezing. You can perform a hard reset on your iPhone to get the update working again. After hard reset, you can go back to the Software Update page and retry downloading & updating iOS 12. 

Below are different ways to hard reset your iPhone based on your device model: 

  1. iPhone 6s and earlier devices: Press and hold the Home button and Power button together until your iPhone powers off and the Apple logo comes up.  
  2. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Volume button and Sleep/Wake button until your device shuts down and the Apple logo appears on the screen. 
  3. iPhone 8, X, XS, XS Max, XR: Press the Volume Up button then Volume Down button in quick succession, then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen. 

Force Restart iPhone iPad

Tip 3. Reset Network Connection 

If you hard reset your device and still have the iPhone stuck on Update Requested problem, try to reset network settings. Sometimes the issue could be with your iPhone's network connection. Please note that all your WiFi networks and passwords, cellular settings, APN and VPN settings will also be reset. 

Follow the steps below to reset your iPhone's network connection: 

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General and tap "Rest". 
  2. Choose "Reset Network Settings" and enter your passcode to continue. 
  3. Re-connect your iPhone's WiFi networks and try the update process again. 

Reset iPhone Network Connection

Tip 4. Update iPhone via iTunes 

If you are unable to update iPhone to iOS 12, you can use the traditional method – iTunes to update your iPhone and fix iOS stuck at Update Requested error completely. Before doing this, we suggest you to make a backup of your iPhone in iTunes in case something goes wrong. 

Follow the steps below to update your iPhone using iTunes instead: 

  1. Launch the latest version of iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone via USB cable. 
  2. Once iTunes detected the device. Go to the Summary tab and click on the iPhone icon, then tap on "Update" to begin the process. 

Update iPhone with iTunes

Tip 5. Fix iOS Stuck at Update Requested without Data Loss

If none of the above solutions work, then you can use third-party tool to fix iOS stuck at Update Requested error. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is a powerful tool that fixes various common iOS issues without data loss, including iOS update stuck on Update Requested, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, iPhone stuck in Recovery mode, DFU mode, boot loop, iPhone black/white screen, etc. It works with the latest iOS 12 and iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. 

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Here are the steps to fix iOS stuck at Update Requested without data loss: 

  1. Download and install FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your computer. Launch it and choose "iOS System Recovery". 
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect it. Then click "Start" and follow the instructions to put your iPhone in DFU mode or Recovery mode. 
  3. Confirm your iPhone information and click "Repair" to download the repaired plug-in and fix the iPhone stuck on Update Requested without any data loss. 

iOS System Recovery


It is not a big issue any longer when you have an iPhone stuck on Update Requested issue. Try the methods mentioned above to fix iOS stuck on Update Requested with no worries. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is strongly recommended as there is no data loss and it is quite easy to use. You can easily fix the Update Requested stuck issue on iPhone and enjoy the new iOS 12 cool features. If you found this article helpful, please share it on Facebook or Twitter to help your friends and family if their iPhone stuck on Update Requested. If you know other solutions to fix iOS stuck at Update Requested, just leave a comment below and let us know. 

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