While updating your iPhone to iOS 14, you realize it’s spending an unusually long time updating. Your iPhone is stuck on “estimating time remaining” and you don’t know how to fix this issue. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone is stuck in “estimating time remaining” and how to fix the issue for good!
Before you try the solutions given below, having patience may fix this problem. Wait some more to see if it resolves on its own. If your issue does not resolve after several hours, then try the fix is below.
Normally, wireless iOS updates go smoothly. And furthermore, downloading and installing iOS updates are designed to be very easy. However, at times, you may experience some problems when you want to download and install the updates. And one of the problems that people are facing in iOS 14 is that the iPhone is stuck on “Estimating Time Remaining” when downloading the update. If you are also experiencing this problem, Here’s how to fix iOS 14 “Estimating Time Remaining” stuck issue on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Why is My iPhone stuck on “estimating time remaining?”
- slow internet connection
- Not enough space
- Server outage
Are you experiencing this problem as well? Is your iOS device stuck on “estimating time remaining” loop? Here is how you can fix:
How to Fix iPhone 12 Stuck on Estimating Time Remaining When Updated to iOS 14
Solution 1: Check your Wi-Fi connection When iOS 14 Stuck on Progress Bar
You may have a slow internet connection. Since the update requires an active internet connection, you may have a slow download speed or you may be having Wi-Fi related problems if you are experiencing this problem. You may want to check a few things:
- Are you also downloading other files at the same time? This may include downloading other apps from the App Store. This may also include YouTube videos or watching Netflix. Stop other download activities as doing so will improve your download speed and wait to see if your issue is fixed.
- You may want to restart your Modem and router.
- Restart your device.
- Reset network settings by heading to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. (Please note: this will erase your settings including your Wi-Fi passwords, VPN settings etc).
- Enable Airplane Mode and wait for a few seconds and then disable it by going to Settings > Airplane Mode.
Solution 2: Clear iPhone Storage If iOS 14 Stuck on Update
This issue can be caused by lack of enough storage space. Your iPhone or iPad requires at least 2 GB of free space to upgrade to iOS 14. You may need to create space to speed up the installation. Please follow these steps to free up space:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and go to General > [device] Storage and see how much available space you have on your device. Scroll down and you will see that there are Recommendations to free up space.
- Try to delete apps, videos or photos you don’t need.
Solution 3: Check the Apple’s server
Solution 4: Hard Reset iPhone to Fix iOS 14 Stuck on Update Requested
First, plug your device to a power outlet and charge it for at least 15 minutes. Then:
- iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or later,: Quickly press and release the volume up button then quickly press and release the volume down button and then press and hold the side (or top) button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
- If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold down the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Keep holding both buttons until the Apple logo appears.
- If you have other iPhone model (iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, & older, or iPod touch, etc): press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.
Solution 5: Delete Update and Download It Again
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General > iPhone Storage, find iOS 14 software and then tap on “Delete Update”. Now, restart your iPhone.
- Next, start the Settings app and go to General > Software Update, check if the latest iOS 14 appears. Tap “Download and Install”. Before doing so, ensure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
Solution 6: Use your computer to download iOS 14 update
- On your computer, launch Finder (if your Mac is running macOS Catalina) or iTunes (if your Mac is running macOS Mojave or earlier)
- Next, build a connection between your iPhone or iPad with your Mac.
- Now, click your device in iTunes or Finder
- Next, click General or Settings, then click Check for Update and then click Update.