iOS 10 Update Fails to Work: Here's how to Fix it

The new iOS 10 is available for download ether Over the Air (OTA) or via iTunes. This one brings bug fixes as well a whole host of new features that have a lot of people eager to upgrade. With the new iOS 10 you get much smarter Siri, new iMessage sticks and Apps, camera portrait mdoe, etc . It is little wonder everyone is clamoring to get this new update. And you should to because not only will you get these cool new features but there will also be additional security upgrades with the new update.

Apple takes pride in these new software updates since they allow Apple users to experience better performance and better features. But as proud as they are of the new iOS 10, they also acknowledge that the new update does come with its own set of challenges. One of the most problematic has been simply an iOS 10 update fail on some devices for some users.

In this post we are going to be looking at some of the causes of this iOS 10 update fail and what you can do to fix it.

Part 1: What is it and what causes it?

This is an error that occurs immediately after the user agrees to the terms and conditions while performing an OTA update. The error message simply says “an error has occurred downloading iOS 10.”

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

This is actually a widespread problem among iPhone and iPad users around the world so you are not the only one. Apple is yet to release official communication as to why this could be happening but it is safe to guess that Apple servers could be having trouble taking in so many downloads requests at the same time. In this case, you can simply wait and then try to reinstall the download a little later.

It is also very likely that there could be a larger underlying issue. If you keep up with the latest news you will notice that Apple has recently released an update of the iOS 10 because many older devices have been having problems. If there is a larger issue causing the problem, you can rest assured that Apple will offer an update to fix the bug.

Despite the fact that we cannot pinpoint the major cause of the issue (only Apple can tell us) we have come up with a way to fix this particular problem as you shall see shortly.

Part 2: How to Solve the iOS 10 Update Failed Problem

The following are just some of the solutions that you can try on your iPhone or iPad. It is not a complete guarantee that they will work but trying couldn’t hurt.

Reboot your device

Simply rebooting your device has been known to work wonders for so many problems, why not this one. After the reboot, you should also reboot your Wi-Fi router. The problem could be your internet connection.

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Reset Your Network Settings

If you reboot your device and your internet connection is just fine and you still have the same problem. Try resetting your network settings. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Have some Patience

Sometimes a little patience goes a long way. It could be that the Apple servers are currently overloaded. Just wait a few hours and then try installing the update again when the Apple servers are not so busy. This solution has worked for many who thought they couldn't update their device only for the process to work a few hours later.

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Do it via iTunes

You will notice that this problem mostly occurs when you try to update OTA so why not try to do it via iTunes instead. Before we do that though, it is important to create a backup of your device in iTunes just in case something goes wrong.

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Armed with your most recent backup you are now ready to install iOS 10 on your device via iTunes. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch the latest version of iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone or iPad. iTunes should be able to detect your device. Navigate to the summary section and select your device

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Step 2: Now find the Update button and click on it. Ensure that your internet connection is working and be warned that iTunes will download the iOS firmware from the internet which is a large file and may drain your data.

iOS 10 Update Fails to Work

Step 3: iTunes will download the appropriate firmware. Just click on “Update” to complete the process. Your device will now be running the iOS 10.

There are a lot of people trying to download iOS 10 just as you are. No one wants to miss out on all the cool features that the new update brings. So if you experience this problem don’t panic, it doesn’t mean that you will miss out on iOS 10. Waiting a few hours and then trying the download again has worked for so many people to fix the issues. If it doesn’t for you, then you might want to try and get the upgrade via iTunes. The iTunes update is almost always fool proof.

We cannot guarantee that even after you get the download you will not have a few minor issues to deal with. But we can safely say that it is the best thing you can do for your device so never let a few issues stop you from experiencing the new iOS 10. Let us know if you are able to overcome this first major hurdle in updating your device and if you have any other issues with your device after the iOS 10 update.

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