Unable to install iOS 17.4.1 update? Here’s how to fix it!

Written By Jibin Reviewed By How-to iPhone 6 Min Read

Apple regularly releases iOS updates to add new features and fix security concerns. Keeping up with the trend, Apple recently released the iOS 17.4.1 update, but some users encountered issues while installing it. If you are unable to install the iOS 17.4.1 update, here are a few tested solutions that will surely help you out.

How to fix iOS 17.4.1 update problems

1. Essentials to download and install iOS updates

There are a few things you need to ensure before you proceed to install the iOS 17.4.1 update:

  • Ensure your iPhone is compatible: You can install iOS 17.4.1 on iPhone XR/XS Max/XS, iPhone SE (2nd gen or later), and iPhone Series 11 or later.
  • Ensure you have over 50% battery: Your iPhone battery must have over 50% charge to install the iOS 17.4.1 update. If the charge is less, you must plug in your iPhone to charge.
  • Connect to stable Wi-Fi: While it is possible to download iOS updates using cellular data, I’d recommend connecting to a stable Wi-Fi network since the update files tend to be huge. Also, ensure you have turned off the VPN on your iPhone or router.
  • Ensure you have sufficient free space: To download and install iOS updates, you must have enough free space. If you do not have ample free space, check out our guide on how to free iPhone space to resolve it.
  • Wait for some time or try again later: When a major iOS update is released, millions of people worldwide rush to download it. This can put a strain on Apple’s servers, causing the update process to stall. If you see a “Waiting to update…” message, the best thing to do is wait a few hours.

2. Force quit Settings app

If you’re unable to install the iOS 17 update on your iPhone, force quit the Settings app.

  1. On an iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold.
    • On an iPhone with a Home button, quickly double-press it.
  2. Drag the Settings app card all the way up to force quit.
  3. After a few seconds, open the Settings app → GeneralSoftware Update and see if you can install the new iOS update.
Force Quit Apps on an iPhone

3. Restart your iPhone

Like any other tech device, restarting your iPhone might fix the underlying software glitch that might be hindering the iOS update process.

To restart your iPhone, turn it off, wait for a few seconds, and turn it back on.

4. Update iOS 17.4.1 using Finder or iTunes

If you can’t install the update over the air (OTA), try updating your iPhone using iTunes on a Windows PC or Finder on a Mac PC or MacBook.

Here’s how you can download and install iOS 17.4.1 on your iPhone using Finder on Mac:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using an appropriate cable.
  2. Click Trust if you see it on the computer screen. Tap Trust on the iPhone as well.
  3. Launch Finder and select your iPhone from the sidebar.
  4. Now, under General, click on the Check for Updates button.
  5. If a notification for an update pops up, click on the blue Download and Update button.

5. Reset Network Settings

This is an almost sure-shot solution to fix failed software update issues. Recently, my iPhone update also got stuck.

I switched to three different Wi-Fi networks, but the iOS 17.4.1 update was still not downloading. Finally, I reset the Network Settings, and everything was as good as possible.


This will not delete personal data like apps, photos, videos, songs, etc. However, all Network Settings related to Wi-Fi, Cellular, and such will be erased.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
  2. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhoneReset.
  3. Select Reset Network Settings. Enter your passcode and confirm your choice.

Once this is complete, try downloading and installing the update again. It will work.

In rare cases, if this does not help, go ahead and reset all settings. This, too, won’t delete personal data. But all settings you have ever changed or added, like notifications, keyboard, Wi-Fi, location, VPN, etc., will reset to the default state.

Contact Apple Support

If none of the above solutions work, it’s possible that there may be a hardware issue with your iPhone. Contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Learn how to fix frozen iPhone update

Is your iPhone update frozen? Is it stuck on the same Update Requested screen for a long time? In this situation, please see this post where I show you multiple solutions to fix this issue.


I hope the methods listed here helped. These were the solutions to fix the ‘cannot download and install iOS update’ issue. If you need more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me via the comments section below.  

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By Jibin Senior Editor
Jibin Joseph is an editor at iGeeksBlog and has excellent attention to detail. He is a voracious reader, with interests ranging from philosophy and history to geopolitics and tech. When not reading or correcting grammar, you’d find him engaging in discussions about football. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @4ibin.
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