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How to Update Your iPhone and What to Do When it Doesn’t Update

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Apple releases new updates every few months. They introduce new features, security patches, and other optimizations. Updates to your iPhone will make your device faster and safer. This is one reason to update your iPhone frequently. This article will show you how to update your iPhone automatically and manually, as well as what to do if your iPhone doesn’t update correctly.

How to Manually Update Your iPhone

Open the Settings app, then go to General > Software update > Download and install. Next, enter the passcode you used to sign in to your iPhone. Next, tap Accept. Wait for your iPhone’s update to complete and restart.

Important: Make sure you have strong and reliable WiFi connectivity before you update your iPhone. You should also make sure that your iPhone is plugged into a power source to back up your data. To learn more, check out our step-by-step on backing up your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app. This app has a gear-shaped icon. You can search for it by going to your home screen and then wiping it down. Use the on-screen keyboard for Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Next, choose Software Update. Your iPhone might take some time to find the latest updates.
  4. Next, tap Download and install. Your iPhone may start downloading and installing updates if automatic updates are enabled.
  5. Next, enter your iPhone passcode. This is the same password that you use to unlock your iPhone after it has been locked.
  6. Tap Accept.
  7. Tap Accept, wait for the update to be downloaded and then restart. The updates may take some time to install. After your iPhone restarts you will need to enter the passcode once again.

You can set up automatic updates to avoid having to update your iPhone manually every time. Here’s how:

How to enable automatic updates on your iPhone

Open the Settings app, then go to General > Automatic Updates. Next, tap the radio button beside Download iOS updates and the radio button beside Install iOS updates.

  1. Open Settings App.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Next, choose Software update.
  4. Next, tap Auto Updates.
  5. Next, click the radio button beside the Download iOS Updates button. Then click the Install iOS Updates link. When your iPhone is charged, this will allow your iPhone to automatically download updates and install them overnight.

You might be able to download and install updates from Mac computers if your iPhone doesn’t want to update via Settings. Here’s how:

How to update your iPhone using a Mac Computer

Plug your iPhone into your Mac with a USB cable to update it. Next, open Finder and select your iPhone in the left sidebar. Next, click General > Check For Update > Download and update

  1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac. This can be done with a USB cable.
    Important: First, make sure your computer is connected to a reliable and strong WiFi network.
  2. Next, open a Finder Window. Click the half-blue/half-gray face icon on your dock to do this. You can also click on any empty area on your desktop, and then press the Command +N keys simultaneously.
  3. Next, choose your iPhone from the left sidebar. Your iPhone should appear below Localities. Scroll down to the bottom of your left sidebar if you still don’t see the icon. If you still don’t see it, click Finder Select the option you want from the menu bar located at the top of the screen. Preferences. Click the button below. Sidebar Click the tab at the top of your pop-up window to check the box beside it CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices.
    Notice: If you are connecting your iPhone to the Mac for the first time, you will need to click trust on your Mac and then tap trust this device from your iPhone. Next, you’ll need to enter the passcode for your iPhone.
  4. Next, select the General tab. This will appear near the top in the Finder window. Make sure you back up all data on your iPhone before updating. Click on Backup now.
  5. Next, click on Check for Update. This will let you know if an update is available.
  6. Click on Download and then Update. Click Update when asked to verify. It may take some time for the update to download and install on your iPhone. Ensure that your iPhone is connected to your Mac during the update.

Why won’t my IP Update work?

Your iPhone may not update if you don’t have a reliable WiFi connection. Make sure your iPhone has enough storage and your battery is fully charged. Resetting your iPhone can be done to restore it or reinstall the update.

  • Your WiFi connection is not strong enough. Your WiFi connection may not be strong enough if you receive a message saying “Unable To Check For Update” or “Unable Verify Update”. You have two options: either you can try again with a stronger connection or you can modify the WiFi network to which your iPhone is connected by going to Settings > Wi-Fi.
    You might connect to a 5 GHz network to speed up the process. This will allow you to avoid streaming or downloading while your iPhone updates. Check out this guide to determine how strong your WiFi connection is.
  • There is not enough space. To download a software upgrade, you might need several gigabytes. The iOS 14 update took almost 3GB to download. You might also need more storage space if you’re updating an older iOS version. Go to Settings >General > iPhone Storage. For more information, see our step-by-step guide to free up space on iPhone.
  • Your iPhone battery has dropped To update your iPhone properly, your battery must be at least half-full. You can update your iPhone if your battery level drops below 50%. Our tips will show you how to fast charge your iPhone.
  • Restore the iPhone and install the update. You might consider restoring your iPhone or resetting it if your iPhone is still refusing to update. You can restore your iPhone to a backup. This means that you will have all your app data, settings, and messages. However, it may take some time for your data downloaded. Resetting your iPhone will wipe everything from your iPhone and restore it to factory settings. You can still access your contacts, calendar, and notes through iCloud. For more information, see our step-by-step guides on how you can reset your iPhone or how you can restore your iPhone to its factory condition.

To find out how much you can make with your iPhone’s old iPhone, visit our guide on Apple’s Trade-In Program.

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