Where to Start If Your iPad Update Gets Stuck on Progress Bar?

by Sovan Mandal Updated On Jul 18, 2024 Published On May 23, 2022 iPad

Apple's focus on enhancing the user experience is evident in the software updates they provide. With every iOS update, your device either fixes a bug, gets a performance boost, or introduces new features. However, many iPad users encounter a common problem: the iPad update gets stuck on the progress bar.

Software updates on an iPad require downloading the file on your system and installing it. During installation, a progress bar with the Apple logo appears on the screen. If there is an error, the update progress bar may stop moving.

If you are experiencing this problem, here are some troubleshooting methods you can try:

Let Your iPad Complete the Process

The speed of the installation depends on the file size. While smaller updates take a few minutes to install, larger updates, such as from iOS 17 to iOS 18, can take up to an hour or more. As a result, the progress bar may move very slowly, making the installation process seem never-ending.

Additionally, if you are trying to download a new iPadOS version immediately after Apple's announcement, the servers might be overloaded. In such cases, it is best to wait for the process to complete. If you notice that the update is not proceeding, press any button on your iPad. If you see an updating message, it means the installation is ongoing.

If you are installing the update through your computer and your iPad has been detected, you can configure sync options. This will sync content on your device and computer, helping complete the process smoothly.

Let Your iPad Complete the Process

Plug Your iPad into a Wall Outlet

Your iPad requires a minimum battery percentage of 50% to complete the update. If it dips below this level, the progress bar will not move. To avoid this, find a wall outlet, attach your iPad charger, and plug in your iPad. Wait for ten to fifteen minutes for the update to resume.

Plug Your iPad into a Wall Outlet

Ensure a Stable Wi-Fi Connection

A stable Wi-Fi connection is essential for downloading and installing updates on your iPad. To connect to a Wi-Fi network, go to Settings, tap on Wi-Fi, select a network, and enter the password to connect.

If you experience authentication errors, reboot your Wi-Fi router by turning it off for five to ten minutes before turning it back on. Ensure that multiple devices are not connected to the Wi-Fi during the update, as this can slow down the connection. 

Force Restart Your iPad

If you believe your iPad update is completely stuck and you want to start over, try a force restart to stop the update and troubleshoot your iPad before trying again.

To force restart your iPad, follow the steps below:

Force Restart for iPads with a Home Button

  1. Press and hold the Home button and the Top button simultaneously.
  2. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears on your screen.

iPads with a Home button

Force Restart for iPads without the Home Button

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up button for a few seconds, then quickly release it.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down button for a few seconds, then quickly release it.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Top button until the Apple logo pops up on your screen.

iPads with Face ID

Once your iPad turns on, allow it to complete the reboot process. After that, check the storage, free up some space if needed, and check the Apple System Status before proceeding.

Ensure There is Enough Free Storage Space

Once your iPad restarts, ensure there is enough free storage space. Low storage can cause the update process to fail. To free up space, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select iPad Storage.
  4. Delete unnecessary apps or clear cache data from apps you want to keep.

Ensure There is Enough Free Storage Space

Check Apple System Status

Visit Apple's System Status page to ensure services like the App Store, iCloud Backup, and iCloud Account & Sign In are marked with a green dot or the word "Available." If they are not, you may need to wait until Apple resolves any issues before updating your iPadOS.

Check Apple System Status

Remove the iPadOS Update file and Redownload the Software Update

If you believe everything is ready, try updating your device over the air again by removing the previous software update files and redownloading them.

Follow these steps to remove and redownload the software update on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. Scroll down and locate the update file, for example, the iOS 15 Update File. Tap on the update file.
  5. Choose Delete Update.
  6. A confirmation alert will pop up. Tap Delete Update to confirm.
  7. After the file is removed, go back to Settings > General.
  8. Click on Software Update.
  9. Tap on Download and Install. Your iPad will start downloading the software update files.
  10. Once the download is complete, you will see the message Preparing Updates, or your iPad will directly start the installation process.

Remove the iPadOS Update file

Update Your iPadOS Using iTunes or Finder

If your iPadOS update is still stuck, or you don't want to update iPadOS over the air, try updating your device using iTunes or Finder:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer with a USB or Lightning Cable.
  2. If you are using macOS Catalina or later, open Finder. If you are using Windows or macOS Mojave or earlier, open iTunes. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes.
  3. Wait for iTunes or Finder to detect your device, then click on the iPad icon when it appears.
  4. Go to the Summary section and select Check for Updates. Follow the on-screen instructions to update your device. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

Update Your iPhone via finder

Apply TinyFix System Repair Tool

If your iPad still gets stuck during the update process after force restarting or other troubleshooting steps, you may need to use iOS system recovery software like TinyFix to fix potential system errors and reinstall the firmware.

TinyFix is an easy-to-use tool that resolves technical difficulties, such as being stuck on the Apple logo, black screen, loading screen, or not turning on. The software is reliable and uses top-notch privacy features to keep your data safe.

To use TinyFix, follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install the software on your computer.
  2. On the home screen of the software, select iOS System Repair.
  3. Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable and click Standard Mode.
  4. If the software fails to detect your iPad, you will receive a set of instructions on the interface.
  5. On the next screen, you will see all the available firmware options for your iPad. Select one and click Download.
  6. After the download is complete, click Start and wait for TinyFix to fix the iPad update stuck on the progress bar issue.
  7. Once your device gets out of the progress bar black screen, click Done and unplug the USB cable from the iPad.

 main screen of TinyFix

Visit Apple Store

If none of the troubleshooting techniques fix the update problem, your iPad might have a major software glitch or hardware failure. It's best to visit an Apple Store or contact the Apple helpline for expert assistance.


While Apple enhances the user experience with every update, installing them can be frustrating if your iPad gets stuck on the update progress bar. The issue might be due to a corrupt file or a large update taking too long to complete.

You can try waiting for the update to finish, charging your iPad while it installs the update, ensuring a stable Wi-Fi connection, force restarting the iPad, or removing and redownloading the update file. If none of these methods work, use TinyFix to fix iPad updates stuck on the progress bar.

Sovan Mandal
As a tech enthusiast at heart, I make it a priority to stay informed about the latest developments in the world of technology. Troubleshooting Android and iPhone issues is an area that particularly captivates me, along with exploring recent advancements like self-driving automobiles and AI.
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