Once in a while, Apple will release performance and security updates that are meant to keep certain services like iCloud running more efficiently.
This is why you may sometimes see “Updating iCloud Settings” when you try to set up your iPhone after updating your iPhone's software.
But this notification is supposed to disappear after a few minutes. If you see it for longer than an hour, your iPhone may be stuck on “Updating iCloud Settings.”
In this article, we will talk about the best ways to fix this particular iOS stuck issue.
Why is My iPhone Stuck on Updating iCloud Settings?
Most iOS device users will see this screen after an iOS update after the device has been restored from a backup.
Your iOS device completes several steps after upgrading to a new version of iOS, including making sure that the iCloud settings are also updated to be compatible with the new version of iOS.
When this process is interrupted for one reason or another, the device may get stuck on “Updating iCloud Settings.” Here, we look at the best ways to fix this problem.
Check Apple' System Status Page
When faced with this problem, you might want to check if the issue is Apple’s servers. If there is an issue with the servers, you may not be able to sufficiently complete the update process, which can cause this particular stuck issue.
Here’s how to check the Apple server status:
- Step 1: Go to Apple's System Status page to access the system status page where you can check the server status.
- Step 2: All available servers will be marked in green. Locate the “iCloud” and “Sign in with Apple” or any other related servers to check their status.
If all servers are running properly, then the problem may be with your device. If some servers are down, then you just have to wait until they are available and running again.
Restart Your iPhone
If the servers are not the issue, then the device itself and its performance may be causing the problem. This is especially true if there are a lot of apps running in the background.
One of the best ways to boost the device’s performance is to restart the device. Here are the steps to do it:
- Step 1: Press and hold the Power button on your iPhone until you see the “Slide to Power Off” option on the screen.
- Step 2: Drag the power button on the screen to the right to turn off the device.
- Step 3: Then press and hold the Power Button again to turn on the device. Once the device has fully restarted, check to see if the problem is gone.
Force Restart Your iPhone and Try Again
Force restarting your iPhone is also a good way to improve its performance and the next most logical solution when a simple restart doesn’t work.
Here’s how to force restart your iPhone:
iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home and the Power buttons at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side button and the Volume Down button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and newer: press and quickly release the Volume up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up.
Skip iCloud Setup after Update
Once you force restart your iPhone, one way that you can avoid this problem altogether is to skip the iCloud setup process when updating the device.
Use the steps below to do it:
- Step 1: Open the Settings app on the device and tap “General.”
- Step 2: Tap “Software Updates” and if an update is available, select “Download and Install.” Your device may restart several times during the update.
- Step 3: When prompted to set up your iCloud account during the setup process, click on “Skip.”
Once the setup process is complete, you can always add your iCloud account to the device by going to Settings > Sign in to your iPhone.
Fix iPhone Stuck on Updating iCloud Settings with TinyFix
A device that is stuck on “Updating iCloud Settings” could also have suffered some serious system damage that can only be fixed by restoring the device in iTunes. But a restore often erases all the data on the device.
If you don’t want to lose data, you can repair the iOS system and therefore bypass this iOS stuck issue using TinyFix iPhone system repair. The following are the reasons why TinyFix is the most ideal solution for this problem:
- It will repair the device’s iOS system without affecting the data on your device.
- It can resolve some of the most common iOS stuck issues including a device that is stuck in recovery mode, on the Apple logo, or even a device that is stuck on a boot loop.
- It works on all iPhone and iPad models.
- It is fully compatible with all versions of iOS.
Here’s how to use it to fix your device:
Step 1: Download and install TinyFix onto your computer.
Open it and in the main window, choose the “iOS System Repair” option.
Step 2: Connect the iOS device to the computer using its original lighting cable and once the program detects the connected device, click on “Standard Mode” to begin the repair.
Step 3: The program will provide you with instructions to put the device in DFU mode. Follow the instructions on the screen as carefully as you can.
Step 4: Once the device is in DFU mode, you will be prompted to download the latest firmware for the device. Click on “Download” to begin downloading the firmware you need.
Step 5: When the download is complete, click on “Start” and TinyFix will begin fixing the device. In a few minutes, your iPhone will restart in normal mode.
Update Your iPhone Using iTunes Instead
Of course, the other way that you can avoid this problem is to update the device via iTunes or Finder. Follow these steps to do it:
- Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
- Step 2: Open iTunes/Finder it if doesn’t open automatically and then click on the device’s icon when it appears.
- Step 3: Click on “Summary” in the “Device Menu.”
- Step 4: Select “Check for Updates” and if iTunes/Finder can find an update, click on the “Update” button to start updating the software on your device.
Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.
Let Apple Check Your Device
If you are still having issues accessing the iCloud settings even after trying all the solutions above, it is time to ask Apple for help.
Contact Apple Support to make an appointment at your local Apple Store to get the device checked out by qualified Apple technicians.
An iPhone stuck on “updating iCloud Settings” is not an uncommon occurrence. Use the solutions we have outlined above to attempt to repair the device and then share your thoughts with us. We’d love to know if you are able to overcome this issue.