Is your iPhone stuck on verifying updates? This is what you should do.

Campbell Adams | Aug 25, 2022

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

Anytime your iPhone gets stuck on verifying updates, it brings inconveniences to your life and hinders your online activities. Thus, a quick fix is needed.

This article covers all necessary, quick solutions for iPhone stuck on verifying updates for different models of iPhone. Check them out!

iPhone stuck on verifying update iOS 15

iPhone stuck on verifying update iOS 15

What does "Verify Update" on iPhone mean?

Anytime your iPhone says "Verifying updates", it doesn’t imply that it’s stuck in an update. Rather, it indicates that the verification process (which normally takes 15 minutes) is prolonging longer than it should.

This happens for many reasons. For instance, there are many users rushing to update their devices to iOS 15.3 at once, and Apple servers crash. Or your iPhone is suffering some system errors, etc.

Whenever that happens, you should try the fixes below.


Things to do before you start fixing your iPhone

1. Ensure that your iPhone is charged fully. During any update, your iPhone should be well charged to ensure the update process can be completed uninterruptedly.

2. Check to ensure that your Wi-Fi has a good signal strength. Otherwise, with a poor internet connection, your iPhone will fail to verify the update and get stuck at verifying updates.

3. Ensure you have adequate free space on your iPhone to accommodate the update packages. You can easily verify this, Settings > General > About > Available.

4. Before you update, create a backup of your iPhone data, in case you lose it during the repair process. Also, this can ensure that you easily restore your backup later.


Quick fixes for iPhone stuck on verifying updates

1. Lock your iPhone and then wake it up.

To lock your iPhone and then wake it up, simply press the power button on the side or at the top, repeat this several times (5-10 repetitions). When the iPhone screen goes black, it means this solution has worked. Apple’s logo and the progress bar will appear as an indication that the update process has started.

2. Hard Reset

To hard reset your iPhone, do the following based on your model.

  • iPhone 6S or earlier: Long-press the Home and Power button at the same time and release both when Apple’s logo disappears and then reappears.
  • iPhone 7 series: Long-press the Power button, and the button for volume down until Apple’s logo disappears and then reappears.
  • iPhone 8 or newer: Press and then release the button for volume up. Press and then release the button for volume down. Then long-press the side button until Apple’s logo disappears and reappears.
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Once hard resetting is performed successfully, open Settings > General > Software updates. Try to redownload and install the update. If this method fails, proceed to the next step.

3. Redownload iOS update

This method assumes that the downloaded update is the cause of the problem. Therefore, the update file needs to be redownloaded via the steps below.

  • Step 1: Open Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Delete the updates.
  • Step 2: Once deleted, restart your iPhone
  • Open Settings > General > Software Update. Redownload the previous update
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4. Update iOS with iTunes

If your iPhone is still stuck at verifying updates, try to use iTunes to update it to iOS 15.3.

  1. Connect your iPhone via a USB (Apple-approved) to your laptop or PC
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and ensure it’s the latest version.
  3. Let iTunes sync and once completed, select your device by clicking on the icon for iPhone.
  4. Navigate to the Summary section, and select Check for updates, the on-screen instructions will guide you on updating your device.
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This method requires the latest iTunes version on your computer and all your data may be lost if you fail to create a backup before proceeding.

5. Use Perfix

It is recommended to use Perfix instead of restoring the device or performing a DFU recovery in iTunes. Mobitrix Perfix is an iOS system repair tool that can be used to fix 200+ iOS stuck issues without causing any data loss.

  1. Launch Perfix on your computer and select "Standard Repair"
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  3. Connect your iPhone to the computer and wait for Perfix to detect your iPhone.
  4. Download the needed latest firmware for your iPhone.
  5. To initiate the repair, click "Repair Now”.
  6. Why use Perfix?

    1. It doesn’t require you to have iTunes.
    2. It repairs your iPhone with no data loss.
    3. It is super simple to use. Just a few clicks are needed.
    4. It supports all iOS devices and versions.

    6. Use iTunes to restore your iPhone.

    1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer
    2. Select your iPhone from the screen, after iTunes recognizes it.
    3. At the left click Summary, and then click the option to Restore iPhone.
    4. Click the Recover button and confirm by clicking again.
    iphone stuck on verifying update via restore with itunes

    To use this method, you need to install the latest version of iTunes and you must have a prior iTunes backup.

    7. Put your iPhone into DFU mode and restore it with iTunes

    The above methods should have fixed your iPhone, but if for whatever reason they haven’t, go ahead and try this method, as a problematic software issue may be the fundamental cause. A DFU restore can fix your iPhone by cleaning up all new codes.

    1. Ensure you have iTunes latest version installed on your computer.
    2. Connect via a USB cable your iPhone to the PC.
    3. Wait for the computer to acknowledge your iPhone
    4. Go to Summary > Restore iPhone

    Note that, this method is complicated, can cause loss of data, and is not supported by all iOS models.


Last fix if your iPhone is still stuck on verifying updates

The last option is to visit an Apple store with your iPhone, or contact Apple Support online for them to fix your iPhone.

To conclude, we all need our iPhones in a good position for use. Therefore, having quick fixes for any problem with our iPhone is necessary. This article has introduced all the quick fixes that you need to fix your iPhone and most importantly via Mobitrix Perfix. Moreover, you should seek official help from Apple if your iPhone is still stuck at verifying updates.