iOS 15 Stuck on Preparing Update on iPhone? Fix


many users are reporting that their iPhone is stuck on preparing update while updating to iOS 15. In this article, I will show you how to fix this issue.

Usually, updating your iPhone goes smoothly and sometimes you run into problems. You may even have your iPhone set to update automatically – you simply wake up in the morning, and your iPhone lets you know it has been updated. But what do you do when your iPhone is stuck on preparing update? In this article, we will give some troubleshooting tips for dealing with iOS 15 update issues. We will specifically address the issue where your iPhone is stuck on “Preparing to Update” to iOS 15.

What does it mean when iPhone says preparing update?

When you instruct your iPhone to download and install an iOS update, it connects to Apple servers to begin the patching process. The screen displaying the message “Preparing Update” generally means just that, your iPhone is preparing the update file for download and installation.

Why is my iOS 15 stuck on preparing update?

One of the reasons why your iPhone is stuck on preparing an update screen is that the downloaded update is corrupted. Something went wrong while you were downloading the update and that caused the update file not to remain intact.

How long should Preparing Update take iOS 15?

iOS 15 software update file download should take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. – the ‘Preparing Update…’ part should be similar in duration (15 – 20 minutes). – ‘Verifying Update…’ lasts anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes, in normal circumstances.

The following steps will help you troubleshoot potential reasons why iOS 15 update got stuck on “preparing update” screen so you can complete the update!

Fixes for iOS 15 stuck on preparing update on iPhone

Try the following when iOS 15 is stuck on preparing update screen:

Solution 1. Turn on Airplane mode and turn it off

To do this, go to settings app. Here, enable airplane mode and wait for few seconds, then disable it

solution 2. Restart your iPhone

Launch the settings app. Now tap on general. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on shut down. Turn off your iphone by dragging the power off slider to the right side, then wait for few seconds and turn it back on

solution 3. Check your wi-fi connection

Make sure that you are connected to a strong wi-fi network. If it’s not stable, update may stuck on the screen. Refresh wi-fi by turning it off and on

See also: How to Fix iPhone Cellular Data Problems on ios 15

solution 4. Turn off Find My iPhone

To do this, go to the settings app. Tap on your Apple ID. Then tap Find My. Here, tap on Find My iPhone. If it’s on, turn it off. Next, you’ll be asked to enter your apple id password. Finally, tap turn off to confirm.

solution 5. Reset network settings

This process resets your wi-fi networks passwords, APN, VPN and cellular settings. Make sure that you remember your wi-fi passwords. To do this. Go to settings app. Tap on general. Now, scroll down to bottom and tap on reset. Select reset network settings. Next, enter your iPhone’s passcode. Tap reset network settings in the pop-up window to confirm this process.

Solution 6. Turn off low power mode

If low power mode is turned on, some functions may not work properly. Simply turn it off. To do this, go to settings app. Scroll down to find battery and tap It. Turn off low power mode if it’s turned on.

Solution 7. Force restart your iPhone

  • To force restart iPhone 8, 10, 11, 12 series and iPhone SE second generation, quickly press and release the volume up button. Next, quickly press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the side or power button until the apple logo appears.
  • To force restart iPhone 7 and 7 plus, press and hold the sleep or wake button and volume down button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.
  • To force restart iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, press and hold the home button and the power button at the same time until you see the apple logo on the screen.

solution 8. Check your iphone storage

Make sure that you have enough storage space to install iOS 15 update. To check this, launch the settings app. Next, tap on general. Here, tap on iphone storage. If the storage is full, delete some apps, videos and photos to free up space.

solution 9. Wait for some time

Sometimes it takes 20 to 30 minutes to prepare the update, depending on which iphone you have. Connect your iPhone to power and give it plenty of time to make sure it is truly stuck.

Solution 10. Update Using your Computer

If you are having trouble updating your iPhone to iOS15, you can try completing the update using Finder or iTunes.

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If necessary, enter your passcode on your iPhone to unlock.

Open Finder (for Macs runningCatalina or later) or iTunes (for Macs running Mohave or earlier and PCs) and select your iPhone in the side menu. If this is the first time you are connecting your iPhone, you may need to click Trust on your computer, then on your iPhone. You may need to follow onscreen instructions to set up Sync between your iPhone and computer.
Click on Check for Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to update your iPhone to iOS 15.

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