By AOMEI / Last Updated August 24, 2020

iOS 14 software update failed

I would like to try iOS 14 beta 5, but I can’t install it on my iPhone 11. The pop-up says an error occurred downloading iOS 14.0. How can I fix it?

- Question from Apple Community

In the WWDC 2020, Apple announced the next iPhone operating system, iOS 14. More than 80 new features have been added. Except for improving iPhone performance, iOS 14 will make iPhone more interesting and convenient. That’s why users want to try it, even the official update has not been push.

Software Update Failed

Although iOS 14 beta has the least issues reported compared with other iOS beta, it is still very likely to bring trouble to users. The common issues include iOS 14 Bluetooth problem, iPhone restart loop, cellular problem, etc.

Still want to install iOS 14? You might have problem in Software Update. This passage will tell you the reason for iOS 14 update failed and how to fix the issue.

How do I fix iOS 14 software update failed?

iOS update issues are usually caused by 3 reasons: the network conditions are bad, iPhone has not enough storage or has wrong settings, or Apple server gives no response.

There is one more thing that needed to be mentioned. You need to install the new iOS as soon as possible, because according to Apple Support, if a profile is not installed in 8 minutes after being downloaded, it will be automatically removed by the system. To save your time, you’d better check your Internet conditions by method 1 and then try other solutions to resume iOS 14 update.

#1 Check network conditions on iPhone

First, you need to make sure the Internet is available on iPhone. Bad Internet might cause iOS 14 download stuck. Open Safari to see whether you can view any page.

Then, you need to stop other apps using Internet on iPhone so close other apps like Netflix or Dropbox on iPhone, because they might use the Internet to load videos or files. Restarting iPhone would be a good choice.

Finally, if the network conditions are still not good for software update. You need to find another Wi-Fi or reset network Settings on iPhone.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Setting

※Hint: Tips: Resetting will make iPhone forget Wi-Fi passwords, so write down the passwords before you erase the them.

#2 Make sure enough iPhone storage

The full installation package of iOS 14 beta is more than 5GB (the profile is just several hundreds GB) so you need to prepare 10GB of space on iPhone to download and install the package.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storage

You would see the left iPhone storage and remove the useless apps.

If you have too much photos and videos on iPhone, uploading them to iCloud won’t stop them using iPhone storage. You could go to the final section in this guide to export them to computer.

iPhone Storage

#3 Hard reset iPhone

If internet or iPhone storage is not the problem, something might go wrong on iPhone. System glitches often appear on iPhone, but most of time you are not aware of it or care it. They could be cause iOS software update failed, but also could be easily fixed after a hard reset.

● iPhone 8 or later
1. Press the volume+ button and then quickly release.
2. Press the volume- button and then quickly release.
3. Press the power button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.
● iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
1. Press both the power button and volume- button for seconds.
2. Wait for the Apple logo appearing.
● iPhone 6s or earlier
1. Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds.
2. Wait for the Apple logo appearing.

#4 Check Apple System Status

iPhone update error could not be caused by your device or Internet, Apple’s server might cause this problem, either. Maybe there are too many users visiting the server at the same time, so that you can’t get the response or check for update.

Apple System Status

It not too late to backup your iPhone

You have known iOS 14 beta might cause all kind of issues on iPhone. Updating iOS 14 beta or fix the issues might let you lost iPhone data. Therefore, you need to backup important iPhone data like photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages with AOMEI MBackupper.

  • Free Software: You could backup and restore unlimited data with AOMEI MBackupper.

  • Fast Software: AOMEI MBackupper is the fastest iPhone backup software.

  • Select Data: You could select the specific items when backing up or restoring.

  • Widely Compatible: It supports all the iPhone including iPhone 11/11 Pro/SE 2020.

Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 1. Select Custom Backup.

Custom Backup iPhone

Step 2. Click the feature’s icon to preview and select specific items. Click OK then.

Select iPhone Data

Step 3. Click Start Backup.

Click Start Backup


You want to update iOS 14 beta, but the process is not completed. Many issues could make this update stuck or fail.

If iOS 14 software update failed, you could use the 4 methods in this passage to fix the issue.

Updating iPhone might let you lose data, so backup iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper to make your data always safe.

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