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iOS 17.5.1 stuck on ‘Preparing to Update’? 6 Ways to fix it

Software updates on iPhones and iPads involve three primary steps: downloading the updated file, preparing the file for installation, and finally, installing the actual iOS update. In rare instances, the process on your iPhone gets stuck at ‘Preparing Update…’ Significant time passes, and it does not move further. If you are facing this problem while trying to get iOS 17.5.1, here are the solutions to fix it.

1. Clear your iPhone storage

When encountering the frustrating issue of an iOS 17.5.1 update stuck on Preparing to Update, it is essential to have a systematic approach to resolving this problem. One effective solution involves clearing iPhone storage.

This method not only resolves the update obstruction but also ensures smoother device performance by decluttering the iPhone’s storage, ultimately facilitating a hassle-free installation process for the iOS 17.5.1 update.

2. Ensure Wi-Fi connectivity

Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a decent wireless network. While you can download an iOS update via mobile data, it is wiser, faster, and much easier to update your iPhone over a Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Open the Settings app → Wi-Fi → tap the Wi-Fi name to join.
  2. Choose a known network.
  3. Now, open Safari or an app like YouTube and check if the internet is working or not.
    Also, ensure the iPhone is adequately charged (above 20%) or connected to power.

3. Reset Network settings

If the problem persists, resetting the network settings can be a potential solution. This issue often arises due to conflicting network configurations or faulty internet connectivity during the update process.

By resetting the network settings, you eliminate any potential glitches in your network configuration that may be hindering the update process.

4. Delete the downloaded update file and re-download it

If the iOS update you have downloaded is corrupted, chances are your iPhone will display the Preparing to update status for a long time. To fix this, re-download the update.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on General.
  2. Tap on iPhone Storage.
  3. Scroll down and tap Software Update.
    Alternatively, some iPhones show iOS 17.5.1 instead of Software Update.

    Tap Software Update from iPhone Storage on iPhone
  4. Tap on Delete Update.
  5. Confirm by tapping Delete Update again.

    Tap on Delete Update to remove iOS from iPhone
  6. Now, restart your iPhone and download the update again. For this, open the Settings app → GeneralSoftware Update Download and Install.

    Open settings tap on general and then tap on software update

This time, the OTA update should download, prepare, and install without hiccups. Just ensure Wi-Fi is connected and the iPhone is charged or plugged in.

5. Force restart your iPhone

Even after downloading the latest update file, if your iPhone is stuck on Preparing to update, then you should hard reboot your iPhone.  

This will force restart the iPhone and get rid of glitches that were hampering the re-installation of iOS 17.5.1.

6. Update iOS using Mac

And even if the above-mentioned steps do not work, learn how to restore your iPhone via Mac or PC. Please note that when you restore, you will also get an option to Update.  

Try to update first. If this does not bring any luck, you may proceed with the restoration.

Make the most of iOS 17.5.1!

I hope these fixes have opened your doors to iOS 17.5.1. As you unravel the new software, new features like Live Voicemail and Check-In will make it easier than ever to stay connected and communicate with loved ones on your iPhone.  

If you have any further queries or questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them.

  • Vikhyat Rishi

    Vikhyat has a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering and over five years of writing experience. His passion for technology and Apple products led him to the tech writing space, where he specializes in writing App features, How-to guides, and troubleshooting guides for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on his MacBook Pro, he loves exploring the real world.

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