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What do I Do if My iPhone is Stuck on Preparing Update?

Alex Scott,  29 November, 2021
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Summary

iPhone update stuck on preparing update for so long time, you can cancel the iPhone software preparing update and try again later, but when iOS stuck on preparing update and frozen, turn to EelPhone OSFixit to fix iOS update stuck on preparing update and update iOS to the latest version without losing data.


iPhone preparing update means that your iPhone is preparing the new iOS system version to download and install it to your iPhone after that you've tapped on Download and Install from the Software Update interface from iphonw settings. When the latest iOS software was downloaded, iPhone will update the new iOS system to iPhone immediately.

But when iOS preparing update screen frozen and won't finish for over one hour, you should take action to fix iPad/iPhone stuck on preparing update issue following the tips below.

Part 1: How Long Does It Take for iPhone to Prepare Update?


How long should it take to prepare update iOS? Generally, it takes around 10 minutes to prepare update iOS when you go to Settings>General>Software Update, and tap on Download and Install to start the software updating process.

Or when you are using iTunes to update iOS software, it takes also around 10 minutes to prepare software update.

Part 2: Why is iOS Stuck on Preparing Update?


preparing iPhone for software update on iTunes or iPhone stuck at preparing update in iPhone settings for so long time, if you can cancel the preparing update step, you should know that why is iOS stuck on preparing update and prevent iPhone from being stuck on preparing update next time.

Network Statue
In fact, how long does it take for iPhone to prepare update also depends on the network statue on iPhone or PC when you update iPhone software with the help of iTunes. The stable and strong network will shorten the time for iPhone to prepare updates. It's better to check the network is available or not before updating iPhone software.

iPhone Storage Space
The iPhone iOS software is also one part of iPhone, it takes a little storage space in iPhone once you've installed it to your iPhone. the size of iOS software is different, before updating iOS software, check the available storage space in iPhone Settings>General>iPhone Storage. If the iPhone storage is full, iOS update stuck on preparing and won't go on.

iOS System Corrupted
The corrupted iOS system file won't download to iPhone with success. The sudden stop of network will corrupt iOS software. Especially when iTunes stuck on preparing iPhone for software update, apart from the network and the storage space, the damaged iOS software file will make iPhone stuck on preparing update over one hour.

iPhone should download and install the new iOS software, you should be patient during the iPhone preparing update apart from the network and storage space of iPhone. It's the iOS system issue when iPhone stuck on preparing update for long time, select the suitable way to fix iPhone stuck preparing update from the third part.

Part 3: How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update?


Apple iPhone stuck on preparing update and won't go on, you can cancel it and try again later, or when iPhone preparing update interface frozen, use EelPhone OSFixit to fix iOS 15 stuck on preparing update without losing data.

Way 1: EelPhone OSFixit Fixes iPad/iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update


EelPhone OSFixit can update iPhone to the latest iOS software directly when it failed several times to fix iPhone stuck on preparing update, without data loss with the standard mode.


Download EelPhone OSFixit
According to the PC operation system to download the exact version, download and install it to PC. From the home interface, tap on the Standard Mode to fix iPhone stuck on preparing update without losing data.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

Connect iPhone/iPad to PC
Plug iPhone/iPad to PC using usb cable, it's better that iDevice can be linked to the tool automatically, or you can follow the steps on the tool to connect iPhone to PC manually.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

Check iOS Version
Once iPhone connected to the PC, the tool will present your iPhone system version, check the system version and tap on the Start button to download the related iPSW data package.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

Download and Unpack iPSW Data Package
The OSFixit will download the exact iPSW data package to repair iPhone stuck on preparing update without losing data.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

Repair Now
Once the iPSW data package was downloaded and unpacked, tap on the Repair Now button to fix iPhone update stuck on preparing update for the last step.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

Keep connection during the whole process, it's nearly automatic to fix iOS stuck on preparing update. The standard mode can fix iPhone stuck at preparing update without losing data, but if the standard mode can't fix iPhone iOS system issues, turn to the advanced mode, which is the last hope but will erase all data in iPhone.

Way 2: Restore from iTunes


iPhone stuck on preparing update screen and frozen, you can't link iPhone to iTunes by tapping on the Trust Computer button, you can try to use the recovery mode to link iPhone to iTunes. Put iPhone/iPad into recovery mode after that you linked iDevice to PC, once iPhone/iPad get into recovery mode, the iTunes will detect your iPhone and pop one window on PC, tap on the Restore button to fix iPhone stuck on preparing update.

Keep connection during the restoring process. Restore from iTunes/iCloud backup to get back lost data.
iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update

After an update is being prepared for your device you can update iDevice system software to the latest version with success. When iPhone or iTunes is preparing iPhone for update, just wait when the network and the storage space are available. iPhone/iTunes stuck on preparing to update too long to restore,



Alex Scott

This article was updated on 30 December, 2021

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