iOS 10 Update Issues: Problems and Solutions

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In the last article, we talked about the iOS 10 in general, the features, and discussed the importance of beta versions and how to prepare your device for an update. Despite this, chances are you’ll likely encounter glitches while doing the update. This post will examine every known difficulty encountered in this area and provide easy to follow steps to overcome these difficulties speedily.

Common iOS 10 Update Related Problems

1 Error 14 After Updating to iOS 10

The most common update problem recorded by users who have updated to iOS 10 has been the infamous error 14. This error stands for iOS device cannot be restored and shows as “An Unknown Error Occurred (14)”. This is one of the many bugs of iOS 10 and no official fix has been given. However, there are certain tricks you can use to overcome this error. These tricks include:

  • If you had backed up your device prior to the update, perform a clean restore of your iOS 9.3.2/3/4.
  • Check if your USB device is supported by Apple.
  • Ensure you the Xcode 8 version you have is the latest version, you can always get this on the Apple developer website.

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2 iDevice Stuck on Verifying Update

Having the screen stuck on a “Verifying Update” messages for hours can be infuriating, but that exactly one of the most common problems when users try to upgrade their Apple devices to iOS 10. As always, there’s a way around it and they are:

  • Try to press the power button repeatedly to see if it will have an effect on the stuck screen.
  • Perform a hard reset of your device by holding down the “Power” button and the “Home button till the Apple logo appears on the screen signaling a restart of the device.
  • Upgrade your iTunes to the latest version (12.3) and update your device using iTunes. Updating with iTunes is often more reliable than updating over WIFI.

3 Update Troubles Related to Downloading iOS 10

When new releases come out from Apple, virtually the whole Apple community wants to get their hands on it. As a result, some users get the “Software Update Failed” error message while updating their devices to iOS 10. Just imagine millions of consecutive downloads at once. It will sure put a strain on Apple’s server. To get around this, try the following:

  • Don’t rush to update your device; give it a few days, so the rush would have calmed down.
  • You can try rebooting your router and iOS device, the problem can also be local.
  • Ditch the direct WIFI update and update via your iTunes. This is much more reliable from experience.
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4 Stuck on “Slide to Upgrade Screen” Headache

Another often reported update trouble by users trying to update to the iOS 10 is their device freezing while their device displays “Slide to Upgrade”. Users have reported it lasting for hours, and would sometimes need a hard reset to get out of the screen. To fix this, you should do the following:

  • Plug your device to your PC and launch iTunes. Press the home and sleep/wake button together till iTunes detects your device.
  • Restore your device to the previous iOS version you had initially before initiating iOS 10 update.
  • After restoring to the previous version you had, you can attempt to start your update over again, but ensure your iTunes and Xcode 8 are up-to-date before attempting to update again.

5 Low Memory Problems in iOS 10 Update

This is typically a major problem for Apple device owners whose devices have very small fixed storage (8 GB and 16 GB). This can pose a major challenge while trying to update their devices. It is not unusual for such device owners to encounter the “Insufficient Space for download” error message. iOS 10 requires free space of 4 GB on your device. Anything short of this will definitely serve out this error. Here are some tips to get over this hurdle:

  • Delete media (photos, songs and videos) that are no longer of interest to you.
  • Remove apps and games that have no more usefulness to you.
  • Conversely, you can use iMyfone Umate iPhone Cleaner to carry out the aforementioned in one click or check our other tips to free up more space on your iDevice.
  • Once you’ve freed up enough space, you can then update using iTunes.
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6 Stuck in Recovery Mode

For various reasons such as jailbreak and factory resetting, your Apple device can get stuck in recovery mode. This is very common to iPhone 6 and 6S and iPad Air. To get out of recovery mode, simply perform a hard reset to exit the recovery mode. From thence, restore your device from the backup you have made.

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