While updating your iPhone to iOS 14, you realize it’s spending an unusually long time updating. Your iPhone is stuck on “estimating time remaining” and you don’t know how to fix this issue. In this article, I’ll explain exactly how to fix “estimating time remaining” iOS 14 issue for good!
Before you try the solutions given below, having patience may resolve this issue. Wait some more to see if it resolves on its own. If your issue does not resolve after several hours, then read on for solution.
Normally, wireless iOS updates go smoothly. And furthermore, downloading and installing iOS updates are designed to be very easy. However, at times, you may experience some problems when you want to download and install the updates. And one of the problems that people are facing in iOS 14 is that the iPhone is stuck on “Estimating Time Remaining” when downloading the update. If you are facing this problem, this troubleshooting guide will show you how to fix iOS 14 “Estimating Time Remaining” stuck issue on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Please note,this guide applies to all iPhone and iPad models including: iPhone eight and earlier models, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 series.
Why is My iPhone stuck on “estimating time remaining?”
- slow internet connection
- Not enough space
- Server outage
Are you experiencing this problem as well? Is your iOS device stuck on “estimating time remaining” loop? Here is how you can fix:
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Solution 1: Check your Wi-Fi connection When iOS 14 Stuck on Progress Bar
You may have a slow internet connection. Since the update requires an active internet connection, you may have a slow download speed or you may be having Wi-Fi related problems if you are experiencing this problem. You may want to check a few things:
- Are you also downloading other files at the same time? This may include downloading other apps from the App Store. This may also include YouTube videos or watching Netflix. Stop other download activities as doing so will improve your download speed and wait to see if your issue is fixed.
- You may want to restart your Modem and router.
- Restart your device.
- Reset network settings by heading to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. (Please note: this will erase your settings including your Wi-Fi passwords, VPN settings etc).
- Enable Airplane Mode and wait for a few seconds and then disable it by going to Settings > Airplane Mode.
Solution 2: Clear iPhone Storage If iOS 14 Stuck on Update
This issue can be caused by lack of enough storage space. Your iPhone or iPad requires at least 2 GB of free space to upgrade to iOS 14. You may need to create space to speed up the installation. Please follow these steps to free up space:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and go to General > [device] Storage and see how much available space you have on your device. Scroll down and you will see that there are Recommendations to free up space.
- Try to delete apps, videos or photos you don’t need.
Solution 3: Check the Apple’s server
Are you trying to install an update that Apple just released? Apple’s update servers may be very busy since many people are trying to update simultaneously. People can’t wait because new updates bring a lot of new exciting features. If this is the case, Apple’s server might be slow to respond because they are overloaded because of this high demand. Maybe you can wait one day and try again when Apple’s servers are less busy.
Another related issue is that Apple’s servers may be down. Apple provides a support page where you can check whether or not there is a problem. If Apple’s servers are not available, do not worry, it is temporary. And Apple will resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Solution 4: Hard Reset iPhone to Fix iOS 14 Stuck on Update Requested
Sometimes forcing your iPhone to restart is all you need to do to fix estimating time remaining iOS 14 issue. The process of hard resetting an iPhone depends on which iPhone model you have, so we’ve broken down the process for each device.
First, plug your device to a power outlet and charge it for at least 15 minutes. Then:
- iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or later,: Quickly press and release the volume up button then quickly press and release the volume down button and then press and hold the side (or top) button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
- If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold down the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Keep holding both buttons until the Apple logo appears.
- If you have other iPhone model (iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, & older, or iPod touch, etc): press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.
Solution 5: Delete Update and Download It Again
You may also need to Reinstall update to fix iOS update issues. Simply follow these steps to delete and re-download the system update file:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General > iPhone Storage, find iOS 14 software and then tap on “Delete Update”. Now, restart your iPhone.
- Next, start the Settings app and go to General > Software Update, check if the latest iOS 14 appears. Tap “Download and Install”. Before doing so, ensure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
Solution 6: Use your computer to download iOS 14 update
You may need to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using a computer. Please follow these steps::
- On your computer, launch Finder (if your Mac is running macOS Catalina) or iTunes (if your Mac is running macOS Mojave or earlier)
- Next, build a connection between your iPhone or iPad with your Mac.
- Now, click your device in iTunes or Finder
- Next, click General or Settings, then click Check for Update and then click Update.
We know it’s frustrating when an iOS update is stuck on “estimaiting time remaining”. Now you know exactly how to fix this issue if you ever see “estimating time remaining” message on your iPhone. Thank you for reading. And feel free to ask any question you have on the comments section.