Unable to Check for Update on iPhone? 10 Easy Solutions!

Apple often releases the new iOS versions in order to bring users a new experience. However, the problem of iPhone saying unable to check for update always happen during the OTA update. It’s annoying a lot if the problem often appears.

unable to check for update iphone

Don't worry, here are 10 tips to help you solve the problem easily.

1. Just Wait

If you get an error when trying to update the device to the latest iOS version, just wait a while. There may be lots of users trying to update at the same time and Apple's servers may be busy.

2. Make Sure Your iPhone Has Enough Power

The iPhone will not update if the device is out of power. The device will shut down automatically during the update process. Therefore, it is advisable to update your iPhone when it is fully charged.

3. Ensure iPhone Has Enough Space

The iPhone may be unable to check for update and download the iOS firmware package if there is not enough storage on the device.

Thus you need to check if the space is sufficient by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

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If the space is insufficient, just delete unused apps to free up more space.

4. Check If the New iOS 15 Supports Your iPhone

Apple's latest iOS system does not support all iPhone and iPad models. For example, iOS 13 no longer supports iPhone 6 Plus and earlier models.

To make sure your iPhone is compatible with the latest version, go to Settings > General > About and check the Model Number to see if it is supported by iOS 15.

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5. Force Restart Your iPhone

Sometimes iPhone will get stuck in the update process due to a bug in the OTA system. Force restart the device will clear all temporary caches and refresh the  update process.

  • iPhone 6s and earlier devices: Press and hold the power and Home button at the same time.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time.

  • From iPhone 8/8 Plus to iPhone 13 Pro/13: Press the volume up button and release it quickly, then press the volume down button and release it quickly, and finally press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

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6. Reset Network Settings

You may not be able to check for update on iPhone due to instability in the network. We therefore strongly recommend resetting the network settings  before updating.

Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Reset Network Settings", then enter the password and confirm.

The important thing to note here is that this will not erase the app data, but erasing all the network settings and restore them to the factory defaults.

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7. Update iOS and iPadOS Using iTunes

If you have tried all the methods above and the iOS update is still not showing on settings, you can update your iPhone through iTunes.

  • Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to your computer via the USB charging cable.

  • After trusting your device, click the "Check for Updates" button to update the device via iTunes.

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8. Delete iOS Update Package and Install Again

  • Go to iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storage and find and delete the new iOS update file.

  • Then go to Settings > General > Software Update again to download the new iOS update.

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9. Remove iOS Beta Version Profile

If the new iOS or iPadOS update is still not showing up when you downloaded the iOS beta version, you can try to delete the iOS Beta version profile:

Go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management to remove all the profiles and restart the iPhone.

profiles device management

10. Fix iPhone Unable to Check for Update in One Click

LazePaw iOS System Recovery is a good software that can help you easily fix iPhone being unable to check for updates. It can fix more than 200 iPhone issues with  2 professional repair modes. Meanwhile, it can solve various iTunes errors suck as iPhone/iTunes error 14 when you have problems restoring your iPhone or updating iOS version with iTunes.

Below are the simple steps to fix iPhone unable to check for updates with LazePaw:

  • After the installation of this software, open it and click  "Start" on the interface.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer via an USB cable and click "Fix Now" to proceed to the next step.

  • On the next interface, click ‘Standard Mode’ and download the firmware package.

  • If you have successfully downloaded the firmware, just click the ‘Start Standard Repair’ to start the repair process.

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When the repair process is done, your iPhone will boot up as normal.

FAQs about Can't I Install iPhone Update

Here are some frequently-asked questions related to iPhone update failure.

Q1. How long should a software update take on a new iPhone 13?

It usually takes about 30 minutes for the software update. The specific time depends on the device storage and the network.

Q2. How to avoid iPhone update getting stuck?

To avoid an iPhone being stuck during the update process, you can take a look at the tips below.

  • Connect the device to a stable Wi-Fi network.

  • Make sure the battery of your iPhone is at least 50%, and charge it promptly if it is less than 50%.

  • Update your iPhone on computer.

  • Clean up iPhone storage before updating to get as much storage as possible. You can check the free storage by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.


These are 10 effective ways to help you get rid of the iPhone unable to check for update issue.

Now your iPhone may be back to normal and has been upgraded to the latest version! If you have any questions about the above methods, or if none of the methods above help you solve the iPhone update problem, or if you have other better ways, please feel free to leave us a comment.

By Teresa Monday on May 16, 2022, 17:27:23 GMT / Post By Teresa

Teresa is tech-savvy and has 5-year experiences in writing articles about mobile phones, computer, etc.

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