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Why Won’t iPhone Update? Here are 7 Ways to Fix it

Do you wish to have a better experience using your iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro? iOS 14 and newer iOS version is coming up for fixing several bugs and bringing new features such as Screen Time, Memoji, etc. Have you got a problem when you tried to upgraded your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to iOS 13? Some iPhone and iPad users said that iPhone won’t update to iOS 14. The same problem also occurs when installing and downloading the new iOS 14/13/12/12.2/12.3/12.4.

Fret not, this article will provide you with almost all potential solutions this get rid of this issue. If you are suffering the same upgrading issue, you can follow the solutions below to successfully download and install the newest iOS version.

Part 1. Why Won’t My iPhone Update?

Before we discuss all fixes for this issue, let’s explore the possible reasons why iPhone won’t update first.

  • There is no sufficient storage on your iPhone to install the new iOS package.
  • Poor network connection slows down the update progress.
  • Your iPhone or iPad’s power supply is less than 50%.

Part 2. How to Fix ‘iPhone Won’t Update’

1. Check the Compatibility between Your iPhone and iOS 14

After the release the of iOS 14, a number of users can’t wait to install the new iOS version to their iOS devices. When the new iOS 14 brings much more features than before, you should also consider that not all iOS devices are compatible with the newest iOS 14, especially for old iPhone models. So an error will occur when downloading iOS 14 to an old iPhone.

So you’d better check if your iOS devices are of the new model if you decided to update the iOS system to the new iOS 134

If your iPhone won’t update to the newest iOS version, you should check whether your iPhone has enough storage to install the new system, or an error will occur while installing iOS 14. So our 2nd suggestion is to check the iPhone storage.

Heading over to iPhone settings, click Settings and General, then select iPhone Storage. Generally, the spare storage to install a new iOS update should be more than 2.1 GB, if the iPhone storage is less than 2.1 GB, you should delete some photos or clear app caches to save enough space.

check iphone storage

3. Charge iPhone (Up to 50% Supply)

Besides enough storage, it is also very necessary to ensure enough battery power on your iPhone before upgrading to the newest iOS version. Thus it is advisable to charge the iOS device and ensure more than 50% power supply.

charge iphone

4. Delete the iOS Firmware and Download it Again

Your iPhone still won’t update to iOS 14 after ensuring that there is enough storage and power to install the new iOS 14? Then try to delete the firmware update package and reinstall it. The detailed steps are a below:

For iOS version easier than iOS 11:

Step 1. Go to Settings > General.

Step 2. Click on the tab of ‘Storage & iCloud Usage’ and select ‘Manage Storage’.

Step 3. The applications that you previously installed will be listed here, including the iOS 14 firmware package.

Step 4. Click the iOS update firmware and click ‘Delete Update’ to get it removed.

For iOS version later than iOS 11, check the steps below:

Step 1. Go to Settings > General.

Step 2. Tap on the option of 'iPhone Storage’, select the delete the iOS update package from the app list.

delete and reintall ios update

5. Ensure a Stable Network Connection on iPhone

Stable and strong network should be connected on your iPhone to ensure a stable iOS upgrade progress, or the iPhone update will fail due to the network connection error. So if your iPhone won’t update for network error, try to reset network settings on our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Simply click the Settings application icon, hit General option and select ‘Reset’ > ‘Reset Network Settings’. After resetting network settings, you will need to re-enter the password to connect the network.


6. iPhone Still Won’t Update? Try an iTunes Update

Your iPhone still cannot update after free up the iPhone storage or resetting network settings? Why not use another tool to complete the iOS update? We know that iTunes is one of the bet opts for upgrading to the new iOS version. However, it will take a long time and the current data saved on your iPhone will be wiped up and overwritten afterwards. Thus you’d better back up the iPhone data in advance, then follow the steps to upgrade your iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1. First of all, an newest version of iTunes should be downloaded and installed on your windows or Mac.

Step 2. Run it and hit ‘Back up Now’ to make a full backup of the device data.

Step 3. If your iPhone has not been upgraded to the newest iOS version, iTunes will prompt you that a new iOS version is available now.

Step 4. Click ‘Update’ and the new iOS 14 version firmware will start to be downloaded on your computer.

check network connection

7. Fix ‘iPhone Won’t Update’ Issue and Update iPhone to iOS 13

Even though iTunes can be a great opt to update your iPhone, it is not always 100% working to complete the update. Some users have said that they also failed to update with iTunes due to unknown errors. Don’t worry, there is an ultimate tool that 100% work to fix the updating problem:  FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This program allows all users to resolve all iPhone/iPad problems without damaging your iPhone data.

iOS System Recovery - Fix All iOS Issues in One Click

  • All difficult or easy issues could be resolved by this repair program, including the issue of iPhone won’t update, iPhone stuck in recovery mode/dfu mode, won’t turn on, black screen, etc.
  • Anyone will be able to easily use this tool without any basic technology knowledge.
  • All iOS devices are supported, including iPhone 12, 11, XS, XR, XS Max along with iOS 14, 13, 12, 12.1, 12.2.

Step 1. Download the trial version of this program on your computer. Running it and select ‘iOS System Recovery’ on the home screen.

choose ios system recovery

Step 2. Plug your iPhone or iPad to computer with a lightning cable. Click ‘Start’ and follow the steps on the program screen to put iPhone into DFU mode as the screenshot below.

iphone dfu mode

Step 3. After that, the program will be allowed to detect your iPhone information and corresponding firmware package. Click ‘Repair’ and the newest iOS version will be installed on the device.



All of the 7 solutions above will be able to fix the ‘iPhone won’t update’ problem for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Next time you won’t update your iPhone or an error occurred installing iOS 14/13, feel free to try to fixes mentioned above.

Joan J. Mims
Wednesday on May 01, 2019, 10:31:41 GMT / Post By Joan J. Mims to iPhone Issues

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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