Top 15 iOS 10 Update Problems and Solutions (Works for iOS 10.3/10.2/10.1/10)

It is always an exciting time when Apple decides to roll out a new iOS update. They come with new features, new emojis, and they help get rid of previous bugs and glitches. However, there are also a lot of iOS 10 update problems that can come up as a result of the change. You might experience troubles with iMessage, or you might find your iPhone memory filling up for no reason, or youtube videos might not work properly, or a number of other errors or bugs in iOS 10.

However, these errors and glitches are common, and you can actually work through them all. In this article we will show you the top 15 iOS 10 update problems and solutions. You should know that these iOS 10 update problems and solutions also apply to iOS 10.3/10.2/10.1/10.

Part 1: iOS 10 Update Problem - The "Raise to Wake" feature isn't working

iOS 10 introduced the "Raise to Wake" feature on iPhones. With this, your screen comes on when you raise the iPhone. However, in some of the iOS updates this feature doesn't function.

iOS 10 Update Problem

Solution to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 "Raise to Wake" feature not working problem:

First off you need to know that this feature won't work on an iPad Pro because it doesn't have the feature yet. If you're using any iPhone model after the 6S, you can check whether the "Raise to Wake" feature is turned on. Simply go to Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle on "Raise to Wake".

Part 2: iOS 10 Update Problems - Software Update Failed

One of the pernicious iOS 10 update problems is that you might get the message: "An error occurred downloading iOS 10."

iOS 10 Update Problems - Software Update Failed

Solutions to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 software update failed:

  • Solution 1: Hit "close" and then try updating it again.
  • Solution 2: Try downloading iOS after a couple of hours, or maybe even a few days.
  • Solution 3: Try updating iOS 10 using iTunes through the computer.
  • Solution 4: If you're an advanced user of iOS devices, you can also try upgrading with IPSW File.

For a detailed solution you can read this tutorial on how to fix software update fail problem >>

Part 3: iOS 10 Update Problem - Slows down while switching apps

A few users of iOS 10 have pointed out an iOS 10 update problem wherein the device slows down or starts stuttering while switching apps. When you double-tap the home screen to switch apps, the display isn't as seamless as it used to be.

iOS 10 Update Problem - Slows down while switching apps

Solution to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 slows down while switching apps problem:

Shut down apps that you don't use often or haven't used in a while. The app switcher might slow down if you have too many active apps in the background. Simply slide up on an app to close it properly.

Part 4: iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update

One of the most common iOS 10 update problems is that the iOS device gets stuck on the "verifying update" screen and never ends. This usually happens when you update iOS 10 Over the Air as opposed to updating it via iTunes.

iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update

Solutions to iOS 10/10.1/10.2 stuck on verifying update problem:

Solution 1: Lock and then wake your iOS device again using the power button.

Solution 2: Perform a factory reset. However, before you do this, you should also backup iPhone using a third party software such as dr.fone - iOS Data Backup and Restore.

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Solution 3: Restore iOS device with iTunes.

Restore iOS device with iTunes

Solution 4: Update to iOS 10 using iTunes over the computer.

Solution 5: Use dr.fone - iOS System Recovery: This is a simple and reliable tool that has been rolled out by Wondershare, one of the world's most well reputed companies with rave reviews and millions of dedicated followers. It can help weed out whatever system errors may be present and reset your iPhone to perfect working condition.

For a detailed solution, please refer to this tutorial to learn how to fix the Verifying Update problem >>

Part 5: iOS 10 Update Problem - Mail not working

Another iOS 10 update problem is that the mail app stops receiving messages, or shows a message that your password is incorrect, even if you enter the correct password.

Solution to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 Mail not working problem:

Solution 1: Remove all the email accounts and then configure them again. You need to go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Select the accounts you want to delete and then tap "delete account." Once you've deleted all the accounts, simply go to "Add Account" and re-configure them.

Solution 2: There may be a lot of other iPhone email related problems, however they all have simple solutions.

iOS 10 Mail not working

For a detailed solution for various iPhone mail related problems, you can read this guide >>

Part 6: iOS 10 Update Problem - Stuck on Slide to Upgrade Screen

One of the iOS 10 update problems is that the screen might get stuck on the "Slide to Upgrade" screen. This problem was also there in the previous iOS updates, and it's also there on iOS 10. However, this only happen when updating from the iOS device directly. The simple solution is to restore it with iTunes over the computer.

iOS 10 Update Problem - Stuck on Slide to Upgrade Screen

Solution to iOS 10/10.1/10.2 stuck on Slide to Upgrade screen:

Step 1: Update iTunes, and then connect the iOS device to the computer.

Step 2: Click the device button on iTunes.

Step 3: Now simply click on "restore backup", choose the right backup file, and then click "Restore."

Part 7: iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

This is one of the most serious iOS 10 update problems out there. This happens in the middle of updating your iOS. You'll see a connect to iTunes image on the screen, and you won't even be able to restart the iOS device. There are a few solutions to this problem, however they may lead to data loss, so you should first selectively backup iPhone to dr.fone.

iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

Solutions to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 stuck in recovery mode problem:

Solution 1: Force Restart the device, by pressing down on the Power and Home buttons.

Solution 2: Recover using iTunes: Connect your device to the iTunes, and then go to "Recovery Mode."

Solution 3: Use dr.fone - iOS System Recovery, as mentioned in Part 4 earlier. Since this is a very multi-purpose tool it can take care of a wide range of problems.

For a detailed solution on how to fix the iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode problem without data loss, you can read this guide >>

Part 8: iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo

iPhone stuck on white screen with apple logo is a common iOS 10 update problem. Even this problem has a few solutions, but they may lead to data loss, so please remember to backup iPhone.

iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo

Solutions to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 stuck on Apple Logo problem:

Solution 1: Force restart the iOS device.

Solution 2: Go to "Recovery Mode" using iTunes.

Solution 3: Use dr.fone - iOS System Recovery.

Solution 4: If the previous methods don't work, then contact Apple support.

For a detailed guide on how to fix the iPhone stuck on Apple Logo problem, you can read this tutorial >>

Part 9: iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone activation error after iOS 10 update

After you set up a new iPhone or after an iPhone update, you generally get the white "Hello" screen after which you have to activate the device. However, this activation may sometimes fail, in which case you will have to follow one of the following solutions.

iPhone activation error after iOS 10 update

Solutions to fix the activation error after iOS 10/10.1/10.2 update problem.

Solution 1: Wait and Try.

Sometimes when too many people are trying to update iOS 10 together, you might not be able to activate your iPhone. In that case you need to wait and activate your iOS device later.

Solution 2: Activate via iTunes.

  1. Download the latest iTunes.
  2. Connect iOS device to the computer.
  3. Select your device to find the activate screen.
  4. Enter the Apple ID and password and click on 'Continue.'

Solution 3: Release Activation Lock on iCloud.

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Go to iCloud.com. Enter your ID and password.
  3. Go to Find iPhone > All Devices. Choose the device that can't be activated and remove it by clicking on "Remove from Account."
  4. Try activating the device again.

activating the device

For a detailed solution to the problem, you can read this full guide to fix iPhone Activation Error easily >>

Part 10: iOS 10 Update Problem - iPhone randomly starts rebooting

An iOS 10 update problem is that after the update sometimes your iPhone may suddenly turn black and start rebooting randomly.

iPhone randomly starts rebooting

Solution to fix the iOS 10/10.1/10.2 random reboot problem:

Solution 1: Check whether the lightning port is clean.

Solution 2: Check whether all your cables are in proper working condition.

Solution 3: Use dr.fone - iOS System Recovery .

Part 11: iOS 10 Update Problem - Message/iMessage Not Working

There are a lot of different iMessage related iOS 10 update problems. The iMessage may not get delivered, the screen may start crashing, or the iPhone may not receive or send messages.

Message/iMessage Not Working

Solutions to fix the iOS 10/10.1/10.2 Message/iMessage Not Working problem:

Solution 1: Make sure that you are properly connected to a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G network.

Solution 2: Turn iMessage off and then back on.

Solution 3: Make sure the date and time on your iPhone are correct.

Solution 4: Turn on and off the Airplane mode.

Solution 5: If these don't work out, you can try out a couple of other, more intensive methods to fix the iPhone not receiving and sending text messages problem.

For a detailed solution, you can read this guide on how to fix the iMessage Waiting for Activation error >>

Part 12: iOS 10 Update Problem - Notes App keeps closing down

Sometimes while using the Notes app, it might automatically close for no reason.

Notes App keeps closing down

Solution to fix the iOS 10/10.1/10.2 notes app not working problem:

Go to Settings > General > iCloud. Toggle the Notes app off and then back on.

Part 13: iOS 10 Update Problem - Bluetooth Issues

Bluetooth can make life easier in a lot of different ways. It can help you easily transfer files between phones even without WiFi, it can help you connect your iPhone to your computer and answer calls, and do a lot of other things. However, one of the iOS 10 update problems is that the Bluetooth doesn't function well. It may not connect to your car, the connection may drop, etc.

Bluetooth Issues

Solutions to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 bluetooth issues:

Solution 1: Ensure that you Bluetooth is turned on.

Solution 2: Make sure that your iOS device and your Bluetooth accessory are within range of each other.

Solution 3: Turn off the Bluetooth connection and then restart the devices.

Solution 4: Pair the devices again. Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Choose the device you're having trouble with. There is an info button next to it, select that, and then click on "Forget This Device."

For detailed solutions, you can read this guide on solutions for Bluetooth Related Issues >>

Part 14: iOS 10 Update Problem - Issues with the App Store

Various problems have been reported after an iOS 10 update. Users complain that the App store may take a long time to load, or it may appear blank, or it may not update the apps in time.

Issues with the App Store

Solutions fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 issues with the app store:

Solution 1: Check whether your iOS device is connected to a stable WiFi network.

Solution 2: Restart the device and then access the App store again to see whether it runs well now.

Solution 3: Caches often store images and text to the App store, which prevents the App store from working properly. You can clean out these cached files so you can make more space for your App store to function properly.

For a detailed solution you can read this tutorial on App Store related problems >>

Part 15: iOS 10 Update Problem - Battery Issues

Another iOS 10 update problem is that the iPhone battery life drains very quickly for no reason.

iOS 10 Update Problem - Battery Issues

Solutions to fix iOS 10/10.1/10.2 battery issues:

Solution 1 - Reboot: Hold down both Power and Sleep button until the apple logo comes up.

Solution 2 - Reset: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

reset all settings

Solution 3 - Erase iPhone: You can do this preserve space and get rid of background apps that might have been eating up your battery. Go to Settings > Reset > Erase all Contents and Settings > Erase iPhone.

erase all content and settings

Solution 4 - Airplane Mode: You can turn on Airplane Mode to preserve battery if you don't need to use your phone or internet.

Solution 5 - Turn off Background App Refresh: Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Now turn it off to preserve a lot of background battery.

For more detailed solutions, you can read this guide on how to fix the iPhone battery drain problem >>

Hopefully, you now know about all the important iOS 10 update problems and solutions. However, you should remember that a lot of these solutions lead to data loss, so before you try them out, remember to backup your iPhone.

In case you still don't like working with iOS 10, then you can also choose to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 from iOS 10!

Do let us know down in the comments section what you thought of these solutions, and if you have any other questions. We'd love to hear from you!

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