Can’t Download and Install iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad? Tips to Fix the Issue

Whether you are unable to install iOS 12 official release on your iPhone or iPad or don't see the iOS 12 software update, this troubleshooting guide can help you get rid of the roadblock. Dive right in to cut the chase!


As its always the case whenever the new iOS version is rolled out, millions of iPhone and iPad users have rushed to upgrade to public iOS 12 release. While many users have succeeded in jumping on the bandwagon, quite a few can’t download and install iOS 12 on their iPhone. So, what’s keep them back?

As I have missed the bus several times in past, I know what could be at the heart of the issue. And if you have been using iOS for long, you might also be already aware of the problems. There could be multiple villains behind the stalled installation of the latest iOS version. Let’s give a try to some tried and tested tricks to overcome the hurdles!

Unable to Download iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad? Check Out the Viable Tricks

Quick Tips:

  • Ensure that your iPhone has at least 50% power and connected to Wi-Fi.
  • If your device doesn’t have enough juice, connect it to a power source and try to update.
  • If you are getting error message repeatedly even though you have checked all the requirements, it would be worth to wait for a couple days. There is a high chance that Apple’s server is too jam packed to let you update to iOS 12 smoothly.

Ensure That Your W-Fi is Up to the Task

If there is poor Wi-Fi or it’s not up to the mark, you may not be able to update your iPhone smoothly. So, ensure that your iPhone has a proper Wi-Fi connection. Follow this troubleshooting guide to resolve WiFi issues in iOS 12 on your iPhone.

Download iOS 12 Using iTunes

Most of the times, whenever Apple releases the public version of the new iOS, its server tends to get cramped due to massive traffic. Therefore, installing the latest iOS version via OTA (Over-the-Air Updates) is not the wise option as it often gets stuck.

If the iOS 12 installation is repeatedly failing, it would be better to take the help of iTunes to overcome the hurdle.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable and fire up iTunes.

Step #2. Now, select the device icon at the top left corner.

Select iPhone or iPad in iTunes

Step #3. Next, click on Check for Updates.

Download iOS 12 Using iTunes

Then, click on Download and Update.

Up next, follow the prompts to install the latest iOS version as usual.

Download and Install iOS 12 in Recovery Mode

If this trick hasn’t worked, you will need to download and install iOS 12 in Recovery Mode. But before trying out this trick, ensure that you have the latest backup of your iPhone.

Step #1. Turn off your iOS device and then connect it to your computer using the USB cable.

Now, put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. As the process is different on the latest iPhones, follow this quick guide to get it done.

Step #2. After you have entered recovery mode on the device, check out the message in the iTunes. Click on Update.

Click on Update again to download and install the official iOS version.

Step #3. Up next, click on Agree to accept the Terms and Conditions.

Now, let the OS get installed peacefully.

That’s it!

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Assuming, you have gotten the better of the problem, haven’t you? By the way, which one of the above tricks worked for you? It would be nice to know that.

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