By Nick / Last Updated August 17, 2020

iOS 14 won’t install

Why won’t my iPhone update to iOS 14. After downloading the firmware from ipsw.me, I can’t install it on my iPhone 11. If I tap Download and Install in Software Update, nothing happens. How should I install iOS 14 now?

- Question from Apple Community

iOS 14 public beta has been released in July and many users update updates iPhone immediately. Most of users think the new iOS safe and stable, but some users report that there are still many bugs like Bluetooth problem, cellular problem or broken app, so that you’d better wait for the official iOS 14.

Update to iOS 14

The installation of the beta might fail for some reasons like iOS 14 stuck on verifying update or not able to contact the server. Since the official push of iOS 14 has been delayed, it’s hard to refuse the beta. Follow this guide to fix the issue.

Why can’t I download iOS 14 on iPhone?

The first thing you should know is that iOS 14 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later, so if you use iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, you cannot install iOS 14 beta on it.

If you can’t download iOS 14, it might be caused by that iPhone is not able to visit the update server, you need to check the Internet connection.

This update needs to download a package of about 5GB, so the enough space on iPhone is a must. Generally speaking, 7GB is enough for that.

Apart from the two reasons, this problem might be causes by server errors or iPhone errors. The following section will tell you the ways to fix every error.

How to fix iOS 14 won’t install issues?

You could use the following solutions to fix the failed iOS 14 installation. To make sure your important data would not be wrongly deleted, you need to move to the next section to backup iPhone to computer.

#1 Reset network settings: You have known that Internet conditions are very important when installing iOS 14. Without stable internet, you can’t get the full package from Apple’s server, so connect iPhone to a fast and secure Wi-Fi and then try installing the new iOS again.

You could also reset network settings on iPhone to reset all the Internet service on iPhone:

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

Reset Network Setting

#2 Reset all the iPhone settings: Your settings do not only come from your will. Sometimes the apps would ask the permission to change iPhone settings and you tap Allow so that there might be the wrong settings which could stop iOS 14 installation.

Before you reset the settings, you need to remember your necessary customized settings like Wi-Fi passwords.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

#3 Remove the latest update: If you have downloaded an official iOS update before you get the iOS 14 beta profile, you cannot install iOS 14, so you need to remove the update.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storage to find the update and delete it.

iPhone Storage

#4 Export iPhone data to have available space: You need to check iPhone storage status before you download the full package of iOS 14 beta.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

You could see the status of iPhone storage and how much storage every app has taken. If the storage is not enough to save and install the package, you could clear app data or uninstall some apps.

There might be a lot of photos and movies on your computer and they could take most of the storage. To safely delete iPhone data, you could go to the next part of this passage to export the large files to computer so you don’t need to modify other apps.

#5 Force restart iPhone: If the internet and iPhone storage are OK, you need to fix iPhone system glitches. It is common to see bugs on smartphone. To fix this problem, you could have a very effective way.

Hard reset on iPhone will help completely refresh the system to fix all the system glitches.

  • 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.

  • Restart iPhone

#6 Check iOS system status: Except the errors on iPhone, this problem could be caused by the errors of Apple server. Maybe it is visited by too many users at the same time, or the engineers has closed this service. You can wait for several hours or go to Apple System Status to check the service.

Quickly backup iPhone before iOS 14 installation

Updating iOS 14 might cause all kinds of iPhone issues and makes you lose data so copy the important data to computer.

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could use it to quickly backup photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to computer in 3 steps.

Download AIMEI MBackupper, connect iPhone to computer with USB cable, and get ready to backup your iPhone:

Step 1. Select Custom Backup to save all the five kinds of iPhone data.

Custom Backup iPhone

Step 2. Click the icon to select related iPhone data and click OK.

Select iPhone Data

Step 3. Click Start Backup and finish the task.

Click Start Backup

Conclusion

Many errors could stop you installing the latest iPhone system. If iOS 14 won’t install on your iPhone, you could use the above 6 solutions to easily fix the problem.

Remember to save important iPhone data with AOMEI MBackupper because iOS 14 beta might cause data loss.

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