How to Fix iOS 17 Update Stuck on Preparing Update

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many users are reporting that their iPhone is stuck on preparing update while updating to iOS 17. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix this issue.

Usually, updating your iPhone goes smoothly and sometimes you run into problems. You may even have your iPhone set to update automatically – you simply wake up in the morning, and your iPhone lets you know it has been updated. But what do you do when iOS 17 is stuck on preparing update? Fortunately, fixing the problem of iOS 17 stuck on preparing update is dead simple. In this article, I’ll explain why iOS 17 is stuck on preparing update and show you how to fix the problem.

Why is iOS 17 Stuck On Preparing Update?

The reason why iOS 17 is stuck on Preparing Update is due to a software or hardware glitch.

Are you experiencing this problem as well? Is iOS 17 stuck on “Preparing update” loop? Here is how you can fix the problem:

How to Fix iPhone Stuck on preparing updateWhen Updating to iOS 17

Try the following when iOS 17 is stuck on preparing update screen:

Solution 1. Turn on Airplane mode and turn it off

To do this, go to settings app. Here, enable airplane mode and wait for few seconds, then disable it

solution 2. Restart your iPhone

The next thing you should try when iPhone is stuck on preparing update is to restart the device. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.

Once your iPhone has booted back up again you can attempt to reinstall the update by going to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” and choosing “Install” as usual.

solution 3. Check your wi-fi connection

Make sure that you are connected to a strong wi-fi network. If it’s not stable, iOS 17 might get stuck on preparing update. Refresh wi-fi by turning it off and on

solution 4. Turn off Find My iPhone

To do this, go to the settings app. Tap on your Apple ID. Then tap Find My. Here, tap on Find My iPhone. If it’s on, turn it off. Next, you’ll be asked to enter your apple id password. Finally, tap turn off to confirm.

solution 5. Reset network settings

This process resets your wi-fi networks passwords, APN, VPN and cellular settings. Make sure that you remember your wi-fi passwords. To do this. Go to settings app. Tap on general. Now, scroll down to bottom and tap on reset. Select reset network settings. Next, enter your iPhone’s passcode. Tap reset network settings in the pop-up window to confirm this process.

Solution 6. Turn off low power mode

If low power mode is turned on, some functions may not work properly. Simply turn it off. To do this, go to settings app. Scroll down to find battery and tap It. Turn off low power mode if it’s turned on.

Solution 7. Force restart your iPhone

Quickly press and release the volume up button. Next, quickly press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the side button until the apple logo appears.

solution 8. Check your iphone storage

Make sure that you have enough storage space to install iOS 17 update. To check this, launch the settings app. Next, tap on general. Here, tap on iphone storage. If the storage is full, delete some apps, videos and photos to free up space.

solution 9. Wait for some time

Sometimes it takes 20 to 30 minutes to prepare the update, depending on which iphone you have. Connect your iPhone to power and give it plenty of time to make sure it is truly stuck.

Solution 10. Update Using your Computer

If you are having trouble updating your iPhone to iOS 17, you can try completing the update using Finder or iTunes.

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If necessary, enter your passcode on your iPhone to unlock.

Open Finder (for Macs runningCatalina or later) or iTunes (for Macs running Mohave or earlier and PCs) and select your iPhone in the side menu. If this is the first time you are connecting your iPhone, you may need to click Trust on your computer, then on your iPhone. You may need to follow onscreen instructions to set up Sync between your iPhone and computer.
Click on Check for Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to update your iPhone to iOS 17.

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