7 Ways to Fix iTunes is Downloading the Software for This iPhone Issue

You might know the error of ‘iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone and will restore your iPhone when the download is complete’ if you have used your iPhone for a long time. This kind of error will most likely occur during the iOS 14 update or iOS system restore. The iTunes seems to take forever to download the software or firmware files.

itunes download software stuck

1. How Long Will it Take for iTunes to Download the Software for This iPhone

As a matter of fact, there is no rule restricting how long long it takes to download software for your iPhone via iTunes. It entirely depends on the connection between the device and the Apple server as well as the data size of the software to be downloaded. Here is the estimated time to download and update iOS 14 version. I hope it works for you.

• Download iOS 14 firmware: 15 minutes
• Update to iOS 14: 15 – 30 minutes

If the duration is longer than 1 hour, the error of ‘iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone’ will pop up on iTunes.

2. Solutions to Fix This iTunes Downloading Error

2.1 Reset Network Connection

The primary requirement for iTunes to download software for iPhone is stable network environment. The network performance or its instability can lead to the errors when downloading a software update with iTunes. The very simple solution is to refresh network connection.

After resetting network settings, the source of network connection on your iPhone will be restarted. You can then download software for iPhone with iTunes.

reset network settings

2.2.Check iTunes System Status

In the premise of downloading the software for this iPhone or restring software using iTunes, you have to ensure that iTunes system status is stable. To do that:

Visit the site of Apple system status (https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/) to check if iTunes system is available.

check apple system status

2.3.Uninstall 3rd-Party Apps

The connection between iTunes and Apple server may be influenced by specific 3rd-party apps installed on iPhone or computer. The object-oriented solution to such a problem is to uninstall this kind of security apps.

• Find the app you want to delete.
• Tap and hold the app's icon. After a few seconds, all your iPhone apps will start to swing and there will be a small "X" icon next to them.
• Click "X" to delete the application.

remove iphone app

When iTunes has finished downloading the software for this iPhone, you can search this app from Apple store and reinstall it.

2.4.Update iTunes to the Latest Version

If the iTunes software installed on your computer is not of the latest version, it may not be compatible with an iPhone that has been updated to the newest iOS 14. Consequently, the iTunes may be stuck in downloading the software for this iPhone.

Therefore, you need to check if the new version of iTunes is available. And update the iTunes to the latest version if it is outdated.

update itunes

2.5.Restore iPhone System from Previous iTunes Backup

There is a substantial chance of fixing the error of iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone by restoring your iPhone from old iTunes backup. Here is the step-by-steps guide to restore the iTunes backup.

• Connect the iPhone to your computer with an USB cable and run the iTunes software.
• Click on the iPhone device name on the right left side of the software.
• Select "Restore Backup" and choose an old iTunes backup that will be restored to your iPhone.

restore ios system

2.6.Restore iPhone with Recovery Mode or DFU Mode

Another commonly used solution to restore iPhone using iTunes is via Recovery mode or DFU mode, especially if your iPhone is disabled can cannot be detected by computer.

Step 1. Start by attaching your iPhone to computer and launching iTunes at the same time.

Step 2. Long press the Power button and Home button simultaneously for 8 seconds. Release the Power button and keep pressing down Home button when the iPhone screen goes black.

Step 3. Then you will be prompted that the device is in Recovery Mode and you need to update or restore the device.

put iphone in recovery mode

2.7.The Ultimate Solution to Fix This iTunes Issue without Data Loss

The ultimate and most useful program introduced here is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. It has been recognized as one of the best iTunes alternative that adopts advanced technology to fix all iOS system issues as well as iTunes errors. Hence, iOS System Recovery will be your best choice if your iTunes is stuck in downloading the software for this iPhone and will restore your iPhone when the download is complete.

The core functionality of this repair tool is to repair all iOS system issues with no risk of data loss, for instance, an iPhone stuck in black screen/recovery mode/white screen, etc. In a word, any iPhone/iPad/iTunes issues can be handled with this program. And supported devices and iOS version include the newest iOS 14 and iPhone 12/11.


So just follow these steps to repair the downloading error of iTunes.

Step 1. After downloading the software on your computer, click the software icon to run it. In the main interface, select the mode of ‘Repair Operating System’.

choose repair mode

Step 2. Then the iPhone should be connected to PC and hit the ‘Fix Now’ button.

connect ios device

Step 3. Normally, the device info will be recognized by the software. Download the available firmware by tapping on ‘Download’.

download firmware

Step 4. As soon as the firmware is downloaded, the iPhone will work normally and there will no the error of "iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone” after that.



All the fixes listed in this tutorial are approved to be serviceable for the issue of iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone. If you are worried that your iPhone will get damaged after trying these solutions, then iOS System Recovery will eliminate your doubt.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Sep 09, 2019, 23:10:20

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