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What to do if your Apple iPhone is stuck on Verifying Update

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  • If your iPhone is stuck on Verifying Update, it might be because you don’t have enough storage space, the connection is slow or the phone is disconnected, or due to a temporary system halt.
  • You can always restart your iPhone and redownload the update again.
  • If a reboot didn’t help, consider making some storage space and inspecting the network.

How long should my iPhone be verifying the update?

The verification process after downloading a software update on iOS shouldn’t last more than a minute or so. However, there are records of it lasting up to 10 minutes, which are still quite rare. With that in mind, we can conclude that there’s something wrong with the update procedure if you are stuck at the Verifying Update screen for a long time. If that’s the case, we suggest checking storage space and the network.

But, before doing anything, restart your iPhone and check for updates in Settings > General > Software Update again. If that didn’t help, navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Once there, you can identify what’s taking a lot of space so you can delete some files.iphone stuck on verifying update

Updates usually take up to 5GB but they can get even larger. If you’re sure that you have enough storage space to download and install the update, check the network.

Even with all files downloaded, your iPhone needs an internet connection for the whole download process. Only once the device reboots to install the update, the network is of no importance. So, make sure that your iPhone has a connection to a stable Wi-Fi network throughout the whole download procedure. To install the update, ensure that your battery level is above 50%.

On the other hand, if you checked the storage and the network but your iPhone is still stuck on Verifying Update, you can reset and restore your device. You can either go through iPhone settings or use iTunes on your PC or Mac. Just make sure to back up everything before going through with the factory reset. To reset your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.iphone stuck on verifying update

That should do it. Thank you for reading and feel free to tell us if the provided instructions helped you or not. You can do that in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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