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4 Solutions To Fix iPhone/iPad Software Update Failed Error

It is always a great idea to download the latest version of iOS on your iPhone/iPad to access new and advanced features and to keep your device healthy. However, sometimes you might see that iOS software update has failed due to some unexplainable reasons during installation.

The iPad/iPhone software update error is no more a rare phenomenon and has affected many iOS users across the globe. It is in fact, amongst the most frequently occurring problems. When the iOS software update failed error occurs, you will see options before you, namely, “Settings” and “Close”. So you could either close the iPad/iPhone software update failed error and wait for a while before installing it again or visit “Settings” and troubleshoot the problem. 

We suggest you follow one of the 4 techniques listed below to combat iPad/iPhone software update error to download the firmware again and use your iPad/iPhone smoothly. So, let's not wait any further and set the ball rolling.

Part 1: Restart iPhone/iPad and try again

First and foremost, let us start with the easiest of all options before moving on to the more tedious ones. Rebooting your iPhone/iPad might seem like a home remedy but you will be pleasantly surprised to witness its outcome. Software update failed error issues are known to be resolved by merely restarting your device and trying again. This method also helps when the fault is due to Apple not being able to process too many update requests at a given point of time.

Don’t believe it? Try it now! Well, here is what you should do:

Step 1: The moment you see the iOS software update failed error message on the screen, hit “Close”.

ios software update failed

Step 2: Now turn off your device by the usual method which is by pressing the power button for 3-5 seconds and then sliding the bar rightwards on the top of the screen to turn it off.

power off iphone

Now, Once the device is switched off completely, wait for about 10 minutes or so.

Step 3: Finally, press the power button again and wait for the Apple logo to appear. You will then be directed to your Lock screen. Unlock your iPhone/iPad and try updating the firmware again.

power on iphone

Note: You may also restart your iPhone/iPad by pressing the Home and Power On/Off button together for 3-5 seconds.

Part 2: Check network status and wait for a while

This is yet another simple and easy tip to tackle the iOS software update failed issue. We all would agree to the fact that congestion in the network or unstable signal strength may hamper the process and prevent the software from downloading.  Hence, it is advisable to check your network status and wait for a while before updating again. Now, in order to check the network status here are a few steps that need to be followed.

Step 1: Start by checking your router and make sure it is turned on and working properly. Then switch off your router for around 10-15 minutes and wait.

Step 2: Now turn on the router and connect to Wi-Fi on your iPad/iPhone.

Step 3: Once your iPhone is connected successfully, visit “Settings” >“General” >“Software Update” and try installing the new firmware once again.

iphone software update

In case the above method doesn't help you, do not worry, look at the 2 more methods listed by us below.

Part 3: Update iPhone/iPad with iTunes

The third method to get rid of iPad/iPhone software update failed issue, is to install and update the iOS version via iTunes, a software specially designed and developed to manage all iOS devices. This method is recommended by many users who prefer it over downloading the software update on the device itself. This technique is also simple and only requires you to follow the steps given below:

Step 1: To start with, download latest iTunes version on your personal computer by visiting the Apple’s official website.

Step 2: Once downloaded, use a USB Cable to connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer and then wait for iTunes to recognize it.

connect iphone to itunes

Note: Just in case iTunes does not open itself, launch the software and select the iOS device on its main interface.

Step 3: Now the third step would be to click on “Summary” from the options listed on the screen and wait for the next screen to open. Once done, select “Check for updates” as shown in the image below.

itunes summary

Step 4: Now simply, hit “Update” when you are prompted that there is an update available.

update iphone

You just have to now wait for the installation to get over and please remember not to disconnect your iPad/iPhone before the process is completed. 

Quite simple, right?

Part 4: Download the firmware manually

The last and final solution to resolve the iPad/iPhone software update failed issue, is by downloading the firmware manually. However, this must be your last option and you must only consider doing this by downloading the iOS IPSW file when nothing else works. IPSW are files that help to download the latest firmware when the normal procedure fails to give the result.

This process is a lengthy and tedious one but following the steps, given below carefully will make the task much easier:

Step 1: Start with the download of the file on your personal computer. You must make sure to download the most suitable file for your iPhone/iPad only depending on its model and type. You can download the IPSW file for every device model on this link.

Step 2: Now using a USB Cable, attach your iPhone/iPad to the computer and wait for iTunes to recognize it. Once done,  you will need to hit the “Summary” option in iTunes and move on.

Step 3: This step is a little tricky so carefully press “Shift” (for Windows) or “Option” (for Mac) and hit “Restore iPad/iPhone” tab.

restore iphone/ipad

The above step will help you to browse in order to choose the IPSW file you had downloaded previously. 

choose IPSW file

Please wait patiently for iTunes to finish the software update process, it may take a few minutes.

Once the process is complete, you may then proceed to retrieve all your backed up data and continue to use your iPhone/iPad on the latest version of iOS.

iOS software update failed error might seem a little confusing and strange and leave you clueless. But here in this article, we have tried to ensure that we use the simplest of the explanations for all the 4 methods to help you get the best solution and fixes to this recurring issue. We do hope that now you will be able to resolve your iOS software update problems efficiently and with ease. We would also like to request you to go ahead and give these a try and also do let us know about your experience in the process. We, at Wondershare, would love to hear from you!!

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