What to know about iOS 15 stuck on Update Requested:
- This is normal when a new iOS version is released. Waiting for some time helps.
- But if you have been waiting for too long, restart your iPhone to solve this problem.
- And when nothing helps, reset all settings by opening Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings. After this, try updating your iPhone. It will work.
Whenever Apple introduces a new version of iOS, people globally flock to download it and be among the first users. Due to this, it is normal for iOS 15 to stay stuck on the ‘Update Requested’ screen for a while as the Apple servers are overloaded. However, if the screen stays stagnant for a very long time, here are the fixes.
Once you follow the steps mentioned here, you will be able to download iOS 15 and install it successfully.
- Force quit the Settings app
- Check your Wi-Fi connection and restart the router
- Restart your iPhone
- Delete the iOS file if visible
- Free space on your iPhone
- Reset network settings
- Update using a computer
1. Force quit the Settings app
The first solution is to force quit the Settings app. For this, on iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On iPhone with a Home button, quickly double press it. Next, drag the Settings app card up to force close it.
After a few seconds, open the app again and see if the problem is solved or not.
2. Check your Wi-Fi connection and restart the router
Make sure you have fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Restart the Wi-Fi router, and it will improve the connectivity making it easier to download iOS 15.
Additionally, make sure you have turned off any VPN on your iPhone (if enabled). And if none of these help, connect your iPhone to a different Wi-Fi network. This will most likely start the new iOS download.
3. Restart your iPhone
Another working way to fix the iOS update stuck on the update requested screen is to restart the iPhone. This will refresh things which may help in starting the download of iOS 15. So, go ahead and turn off your iPhone and after a minute, turn it back on.
4. Delete the iOS file if visible
- Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
- Scroll down, and if you see any file named iOS 15, tap it.
- From the next screen, tap Delete Update.
- Next, restart your iPhone and follow the steps to download iOS 15 again.
5. Free space on your iPhone
If you do not have sufficient space on your iPhone, the entire update process will not work correctly. To fix this, delete some unnecessary apps, photos, videos, music, and files, to empty around six-seven gigabytes of storage. If you need detailed instructions, learn how to free space on your iPhone.
6. Reset network settings
When none of the above solutions work, reset the network settings. This will remove all custom settings related to things like carrier and Wi-Fi.
- Open Settings and tap General.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset Network Settings and proceed.
- After this completes, try downloading the update again. It will work.
And in the rare case, if resetting the network is not enough, reset all settings. The steps are the same as above. Just make sure to select Reset All Settings in step 3.
7. Update using a computer
At last, if nothing helps, consider updating to iOS 15 using your Mac or PC. You will need iTunes on old Macs or Windows PC. And on macOS Catalina and later, Finder does the job. Head over to this guide to learn how to update your iPhone using a computer.
These are the solutions to fix the iOS 15 stuck on preparing the update screen. I hope these solutions worked for you, and now you can enjoy the new and exciting version of iOS. If you need further help, please ask via the comments section below.
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