iPhone/iPad Won’t Update to iOS 12/11? Fixed Here

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Do you have an iPhone or iPad that won't update to iOS 12/11 or gets stuck midway through the update? You may also meet some errors during the process. There are some common reasons that could lead to the problem that iOS 12/11 cannot be installed on your iPhone or iPad . We have listed the most possible causes in this article that will surely give you a clear perception of the reasons behind it, and how you can fix the iPhone or iPad not updating to iOS 12/11 issue all by yourself.

7 Tips to Fix iPhone or iPad Won't Update to iOS 12/11

1. Check Wi-Fi Connection

One of the probable reasons why your iPhone/iPad doesn't update to iOS 12/11 might be a poor Wi-Fi connection. Software updates freeze because of a bad internet connection. So, make sure to check your Wi-Fi connection. To check if the problem lies with your internet connection, try and download from some other Wi-Fi connection. Alternatively, you can also restart your Wi-Fi router by unplugging the power cable and re-plugging it and then checking if your iPhone/iPad updates to iOS 12/11 or not.

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2. Force Quit Setting App

In case that the above fix didn't work and your iPhone/iPad won't just update to iOS 12/11 or it simply hangs in between the process, we recommend you to force quit the Settings App and retry the process. If the Settings app not working properly, it will make your iPhone or iPad not update to iOS 12/11. In order to do this, follow these steps:

  • The Home Button should be double pressed to open the app switcher.
  • Now, you have to swipe up the Settings app to force quit it.
  • Try again now to download and update the software.

force quit Settings App

3. Force Restart iPhone/iPad

Forcibly rebooting your iPhone can also solve iPhone/iPad not updating to iOS 12/11 problem. So, if you are not out of trouble, we recommend this method as it has worked for many. Different versions of iPhones have different methods of doing this. A list of the processes used for different models is mentioned below-

  • iPad

Hold the 'Home' and 'Power' button together until you can see the Apple logo.

  • iPhone 6 and earlier models:

These models' users need to press the 'Power' and 'Home' buttons together. Release the buttons only when the screen turns black followed by an Apple logo on the screen.

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  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

Press the 'Power' and 'Volume Down' buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. Let go of the buttons when you see the Apple logo on your screen.

force restart iPhone 7

  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X:

The users of these models will have to first press the 'Volume up' button with an immediate release to it and follow the same procedure with the 'Volume Down' button. The 'Power' button present at right side of the screen needs to be pressed after this until the moment the Apple logo appears.

force restart iPhone 8

After you hard restart your iPhone, you can try again to see if your iPhone or iPad can be updated to iOS 12/11.

4. Wait for a While and Then Try Again

Another solution when your iPhone/iPad won't update to iOS 12/11 is to wait for a while and retry. If you get a pop up of 'Software Update Failed', give a gap of a few hours before you try again. The reason behind this is that the Apple server may be overloaded with huge number of update requests, immediately after the new update is announced. Hence, you might fail to download due to overcrowding. So, it is appropriate to wait for a few hours and then try downloading again for a flawless downloading experience.

5. Make Sure There Are Enough Space on Your iPhone/iPad

Not enough storage on your iPhone or iPad could also be one of the reasons for iOS 12/11 update failure, so it is important to cancel some useless apps and leave enough storage for the update. These steps shall guide you how to check the available space on your iOS device:

  • Go to 'Settings' on your phone and choose the 'General' option.
  • Now, tap 'Storage & iCloud Usage' > 'Manage Storage'. The amount of space available on your device will be displayed now and you can check if you have enough space to run your apps properly.

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6. Fix iPhone/iPad Won't Update to iOS 12/11 without Data Loss

If still your iPhone/iPad isn't updating to iOS 12/11 after trying the above solutions, or it is unfortunately stuck on certain screen now and won't go further, here is the best solution to get you out of the trouble. You can try this tool iMyFone iOS System Recovery which is a much recommended tool to fix various iOS problems without data loss. It is a professional iOS repair tool which fix a great deal of iOS issues like iPhone is stuck at white/black screen, Apple logo or recovery mode. Loved by all its users, the software provides a full solution to the glitches with just a few clicks. Follow the steps below to fix your iPhone/iPad not updating to iOS 12/11 issue.

Step 1:  Install and launch iMyFone iOS System Recovery

After launching the program, connect your iPhone and your computer. In the home screen, you will find the 'Standard Mode' option. Choose it and continue with the next step.

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interface of iMyFone iOS system recovery

Step 2: Enter your iPhone in DFU Mode

The software requires appropriate permissions to detect and fix the iOS related issues of the phone and that can only be done by entering the DFU Mode. Select 'Start' button and continue with the instructions displayed on your screen to put your device into the DFU mode.

 enter DFU mode under Standard mode

Step 3: Download the firmware

The software now has all the required permissions to detect your device model and fix it iOS related issues. The next screen will load the device model information of your phone and shows you the latest available firmware. Select 'Download' to download the relevant latest firmware.

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Step 4: Fix the iOS problem

You may select the 'Start to Fix' to update and fix your iPhone or iPad soon and iOS 12/11 will be installed on your iPhone/iPad.

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7. Update iPhone or iPad to iOS 12/11 with iTunes

Another way to get through the iPhone/iPad won't update to iOS 12/11 is to update your device via iTunes. Follow the below mentioned steps to perform the process.

  • iTunes should be installed and launched on your computer.
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad and computer with a USB cable.
  • Select 'Summary' after selecting your iOS device on the screen.
  • Next, select 'Check for Update' or 'Update'. After confirming positively, the device will be updated and the latest firmware iOS 12 will be installed by iTunes.

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Note: If your iPhone or iPad cannot work normally during the unsuccessful iOS 12/11 update over the air, for example, stuck or frozen on certain screen, then some of the above tips may not work. We recommend that you use iTunes to update your device; but if iTunes doesn't work either, we recommend that you try iMyFone iOS System Recovery.