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iPhone Cellular Update Failed? 10 Tips to Fix It

When you receive the failed cellular update notification on your iPhone, you will not make and receive phone calls anymore, nor can you use the internet.

If you are not sure what this issue means, this article will explore some of the possible causes behind the iPhone cellular update failed error and what you can do to fix it. Keep reading!

iphone cellular update failed

Why Does My iPhone Keep Saying Cellular Update Failed?

The cellular update always fail due to the reasons below:

  • Software issue: Sometimes, network settings or recent network updates can cause the error.
  • Hardware issue: The hardware malfunction can also cause the error. Especially, there is a high chance of encountering the error if the sim tray on the device is misplaced or damaged.

What Do I Do If My iPhone Says Cellular Update Failed?

Here are some of the fixes you can try to solve the iPhone cellular update failed error.

1. Disable WiFi Calling and Voice LTE

As per some users, turning off the Wi-Fi calling and Voice LTE helped them fix the error. This can be a temporary solution to get rid of the issue while working on the permanent fixes. But some carriers may not support the two features, so this method doesn’t work for all users.

Here is how to turn off the WiFi and LTE:

  • Open Settings and go to Cellular. Scroll down to find WiFi Calling.
  • Switch off the toggle bar aside it. Then come back to Cellular.
  • Find and open Cellular Data Options. Press on Enable LTE and select Data Only. 

turn off wifi calling iphone

2. Restart Your iPhone

This may sound ridiculous, but restarting your iPhone may help solve the cellular update failed error. Restarting the device will stop all the running processes and resume them. It can eradicate minor network glitches.

  • If you are using an iPhone with a Face ID: Tap and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons together. Wait until you see the slider. Let go of the button and drag the slider to the right to turn off the device.
  • If you are using an iPhone without a Face ID: Tap and hold the power button and drag the slider when it occurs after letting the button go.

restart iphone

Wait a while after the iPhone shuts down, and then press and hold the power button or side button to restart it.

3. Turn Airplane Mode on and Ooff

If Airplane Mode is enabled, your iPhone will not connect to the cellular network. Sometimes turning the Airplane Mode on and off also helps to fix minor cellular connectivity issues.

Go to Settings of your iPhone and press the switch next to Airplane Mode. After a while, press the button again to disable Airplane Mode.

turn off airplane mode iphone

4. Turn Cellular Data Off and Back On

Another way to quickly fix the minor cellular update failed issue is by turning the cellular data on and off.

Go to Settings > Cellular. Press the switch next to Cellular Data to turn it off. Press it again to turn on the cellular data.

enable cellular data

5. Update iOS & Carrier Settings

Apple often releases new iOS version  to solve known errors and bugs. So, updating the iOS version of your iPhone might help to solve the cellular update error.

  • Head over to Settings and tap General, then tap “Software Update”.
  • Tap “Download and Install” if there is a new iOS update.

update ios version

Also, you can check for the carrier settings update, which Apple or the cellular service provider can bring out to improve the network.

Go to Settings > General > About. If the update is available, a popup will appear. Tap Update under the popup to proceed.

update carrier settings

6. Remove and Reinsert Your SIM Card

Another small fix you can try is removing and reinstalling the SIM card. Sometimes the SIM card might be misplaced, which will lead to the Cellular Update Failed error.

To remove the SIM card, use a sim ejector tool and poke at the hole in the sim tray. The tray will pop open. Now remove the sim card and put it back. Make sure to align the SIM correctly before re-inserting the tray.

remove sim card iphone

7. Reset Network Settings

Resetting the network settings will erase the cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, which may help if a problematic network setting is causing the issue.

Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset. Under the Reset tab, find Reset Network Settings and then press Reset to proceed.

reset network settings iphone

8. Restore iPhone Using iTunes

Sometimes issues like Cellular Update Failed will occur due to some major system errors. In such situations, the only thing you can do is restore the iPhone to default. Although there are several ways to do this, the iTunes method is the most standard and safe. However, it comes with a drawback: you will lose all the data stored on the device. So, make sure to back up the iPhone before proceeding.

Here is how to restore iPhone using iTunes:

  • Open iTunes on your PC. Make sure it is updated to the latest version.
  • Connect your iPhone to PC through a USB cable. Trust this Computer on your iPhone if you get the prompt.
  • Select the device when you see it on iTunes.
  • Go to the Summary section from the left panel and then press the Restore [iPhone] button.
  • Confirm the restore if a prompt occurs. After that, iTunes will restore the device within a while.

restore iphone via itunes

9. Repair iOS to Fix Cellular Update Failed Error

There is another way to fix the cellular update failed error. You can use the FoneGeek iOS System Recovery tool. It is a powerful program with sophisticated technology that can fix more than 200 iOS system errors. And it can do so without eradicating the data on your iPhone. In addition, it is easy to use and works efficiently on most iPhone devices, including the latest iPhone 15/14.


Here is how to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery tool to fix the issue:

Step 1: Download and install the FoneGeek app from their official website. Once completed, launch it and press “Standard Mode” on the home screen.

choose repair mode

Step 2: Now connect the iPhone to the PC using a USB cable. If the iPhone is running on iOS 12 or later, press "Next" on the screen after unlocking it.

connect ios device

If the device is not detected, you will need to boot it into DFU or recovery mode. You can do this following the on-screen guide on the Fonegeek app.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 3: Now, you will see the iPhone model and available firmware versions. Select the preferred version and then click "Download."

download firmware

Step 4: The firmware package will be downloaded and verified by the Fonegeek app within a while. After that, press "Fix Now." The program will start fixing the issue, and your device should get back to its normal state within a while.

fix now

10. Contact Apple or Your Wireless Provider

If the issue still persists, you should better contact Apple support or the wireless service provider. They will help you detect what is causing the cellular update failed error and suggest solutions. In addition, you may get the iPhone fixed for free if it is under warranty coverage.

The Bottom Line

We hope the above-discussed solutions will help you effectively fix the iPhone cellular update failed error. All these solutions work to some extent, but you will have a higher chance of resolving the issue with FoneGeek iOS System Recovery if a system error is causing it. So, make sure that you are trying this. Best of luck!

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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