By AOMEI / Last Updated November 17, 2020

iOS update stuck on verifying update

I want to update my iPhone 7 to iOS 13.4, but it is unable to verify update. How can I fix it?

- Question from Apple Community

Updating iPhone to the latest iOS is good for adding new features to your device, but sometimes the update could be not so easy. After you download the software and tap Install Now, the words Verifying update stays on the screen forever.

iPhone Verifying Update

It is certainly abnormal to see it occupying your screen for so long. Generally, this step just takes several seconds to complete. Read this passage and you will know why that happens and how to be well-prepared for a successful iPhone update.

Why is iOS update stuck on verifying update?

If you want to update iOS, you need to send the request to the server, get the package, and then finish the installation and setup on your device, so the problem could be caused by not connecting to the server or system issues on your device.

Generally speaking, when the latest iOS update is pushed to every Apple user, many of them choose to update iPhone right away. Therefore, the server is visited by too many people at the same time. Some of the requests cannot be disposed by the server so that there would be many issues like iOS 14 download stuck.

You can take a rest and try updating iPhone next day.

How to prepare for iOS update?
● Make iPhone fully charged or connect iPhone to power when updating iOS
● Give enough space (more than 2GB) to allow downloading and installing software
● Connect iPhone to a good Wi-Fi

If the issue that iPhone stuck on verifying update still exist after several tries, you can follow the 7 solutions to fix the stuck update.

Solution 1. Refresh your iPhone

If your iPhone is stuck for verifying update, you can simply exist the update by restarting iPhone and then try again.

What if the screen is frozen and nothing happens when pressing the power button? You might need to hard reset your iPhone. The method will rescue your iPhone from any conditions.

  • iPhone 8 or later: Press the volume+ button and then quickly release. Press the volume- button and then quickly release. Press the power button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the power button and volume- button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

  • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

Solution 2. Check the network conditions

If you have connected iPhone to a fast Wi-Fi, it is more possible for you to get the response from the server.

Try the other network applications on your iPhone to see whether the network condition is good. If it loads data very slowly, you need to connect iPhone to a better Wi-Fi.

To solve all the network problems, you can reset the network settings on iPhone, but you need to remember all the Wi-Fi passwords to enter them later. Go to iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Setting

Solution 3. Delete old iOS update

iOS 14 beta profile has been released, you might have downloaded it from the server. If there is another iOS installation package on your iPhone, you can not update your iPhone to the latest iOS, so you need to erase the information of other iOS updates.

Go to iPhone > General > iPhone Storage > find your iOS update > tap Delete Update.

iPhone Storage

Solution 4. Update iOS with iTunes on computer

The issue of iPhone/iPad stuck on verifying update can be solved by iTunes. It gives you more stable iOS update on computer.

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes on computer. Plug iPhone/iPad to computer to computer with a USB cable. Click the device icon.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Wait for iTunes check iOS update and download the package. Click Update.


Solution 5. Restore iPhone with iTunes to fix iOS

iOS not able to verify update might be caused by unknown system issues but you can easily fix the issue by restoring iPhone from a previous backup with iTunes.

This action will totally remove the data on iPhone and import data from the backup, you need to use AOMEI MBackupper to save the important data in advance.

To restore iPhone from iTunes backup, just enter the interface of step 2 in solution 4. Click Restore Backup.


iOS update stuck on verifying update could be caused by not connecting to the server or system issues on your device. You can follow the 5 solutions in this passage to fix the issue or the system.

Before you update iPhone or fix any system issues, you need to backup important data with AOMEI MBackupper to avoid any unacceptable results.

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