iPhone Frozen During Update? Here’re the Quick Fixes

  1. Published on Nov 19, 2021
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There is always a lot of excitement when a new update is rolled out. You waste no time in downloading the latest iOS version but then, your iPhone freezes all of a sudden during the update.

It’s like a bolt from the blue and you are left as much perturbed as you have been excited, more so when it’s none of your faults.

Fortunately, there sure are ways to get out of the mess and get back to using your iPhone as before. Here is what you need to know and do.

How long does It take to update iOS?

There is never a fixed duration for an update to install on your device.

Rather, the amount of time depends on several factors such as how big the update is and how many files are already present on your iPhone device. A few other factors too can impact the installation time.

For instance, the amount of charge present on your device, internet speed, or even the external environment as adverse weather like too hot or cold temperatures can prevent the iPhone to perform to the optimum.

Also, if your device is struggling to install an update, for whatever the reason might be, keep it connected to a power source so that it does not run out of power while it is getting updated.

However, if you believe the device has already run out of power, connect to the mains, and restart it so that the update process gets completed.

Sometimes, if it’s a large update, the progress bar might still be moving but too slowly to be visibly perceptible.

So, you might as well wait for some time and see if the progress bar is showing visible movement.

If you think there is no change detected for a while, press any button. If there is an updating message shown, let it continue. Your iPhone is still updating.

How long does It take to update iOS

Why iPhone freezes during or after the iOS update?

There are several reasons for your iPhone to freeze while updating. Here are the more prominent ones.

1. Lack of internal storage

If your iPhone does not have enough storage to accommodate the update, then there is a high likelihood for your iPhone to freeze during the process.

This is because the update simply does not have the space needed to install and run to the optimum.

2. Poor Wi-Fi connection

Naturally, the update won't download and install on your device if the medium for the update to reach your device isn't working efficiently enough.

In other words, if your Wi-Fi isn't stable and fast enough, there is every chance of your iPhone to freeze while updating.

3. Overheated iPhone

If your iPhone is overheated, for whatever reason, there is going to be a gross anomaly in most of the things the iPhone does. That includes the updating process as well.

Now, there can be several reasons – of both hardware and software origin, for your iPhone to overheat but trying to update during that state can cause it to freeze all of a sudden.

4. Corrupted app or data

Any app or data getting corrupted can also be a reason for your iPhone to freeze while downloading the update or during the installation process.

How to fix an iPhone that has frozen during an update

1. The foremost thing to do will be to wait

The thing to keep in mind is that we might be tricked into believing the update process has stalled though, in reality, it might be very much in progress, albeit very slowly.

Since there is less screen space in horizontal orientation, the progress bar will move slowly, more so when it is a large update. The best thing to do before attempting anything exotic will be to give it some time.

However, if things remain unchanged even after say, half an hour, it probably is time for you to act. The best and probably the most logical thing to do under the circumstances will be to restart your iPhone.

This is sort of giving the update process a jolt and, in most cases, it has proved effective and the update process goes on to reach a conclusion soon enough.

2. Connect the iPhone to the mains

This may not seem to be too relevant a suggestion to bring back to life an iPhone that has frozen while updating. That however does not dent its efficacy as this simple trick has worked wonders for many.

The thing is that the device might just have run out of charge during the updating process in the worst-case scenario or dipped below the minimum threshold required for the installation process to complete.

To rule out such a scenario, just plug your iPhone into the mains and see if it reverts back to life within say, 15 mins.

Connect the iPhone to the mains

3. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet

A poor and unstable wireless internet connection is the perfect recipe for disaster when attempting to download the latest iOS update.

Unless you are able to provide a stable Wi-Fi connection, you can forget about having the latest iOS version on your device. Here are some ways to fix an intermittent Wi-Fi connection.

 Make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet

4. Turn off Wi-Fi and then turn it on again

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Tap on the Wi-Fi switch to turn it off.
  3. Tap on it again to turn it back on.
  4. This helps to refresh your Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

Turn off Wi-Fi and then turn it on again

5. Reboot your wireless router or modem

  1. Turn the router or modem off, wait for at least 30 secs, and then turn it back on again.
  2. This acts to refresh your entire wireless network connectivity.

Reboot your wireless router

6. Restart your iOS device

As already discussed, giving your iPhone a restart can be a good way to 'unfreeze' your iPhone and restart a stalled update process.

Here is how you restart your iPhone if you aren't aware of it already. The below-mentioned process applies to iPhone models with Face ID.

  1. Press and release the Volume Down button and the Volume Up in quick succession.
  2. Now, press and hold on to the Side button till the Apple logo appears.
  3. Release the Side button and let the iPhone to restart.

Restart your iOS device

7. Apple an iOS System Repair Tool to Fix the Issue

Sometimes, the problem could be embedded deep inside the OS and might require expert intervention to set things right. Or a more simple thing to do would be to use TinyFix.

It’s one of the best tools to not only diagnose the issue but also fix the same, all with almost zero user intervention. Not only that, you will have your iPhone up and running in no time and with no loss of data as well.

It works with several iOS versions with no incompatibility issues and can easily deal with a host of software issues easily and effectively. There is a version available for free for both Windows and Mac computers.

Here is how you use it.

  • 1. The process starts by downloading the version that suits you. Install the same and launch it on your computer.
  • 2. There are two options shown, Standard and Advanced Mode. Choose Standard Repair Mode.
  • 3. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a compatible cable. The software should be able to recognize your iPhone.
  • 4. Next you will be required to download the firmware. If there are multiple options shown, choose the one you like and click on the Download button.
  • 5. Once the download is complete, click on Start, and that is it. The process is as simple as that.
  • 6. TinyFix will start repairing your iPhone's software issues. There is a progress bar shown, wait till the process is complete.

 main screen of TinyFix

Your iPhone won't freeze anymore while updating. 

8. Update via iTunes/Finder

This can well be considered the last resort to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version. If every other method to install the latest iOS update has failed, you can always attempt doing so via iTunes.

All that you will need is access to a Windows PC or a Mac with the latest iTunes version installed and a suitable cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.

Here are the steps.

  • 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a compatible cable.
  • 2. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  • 3. Wait for iTunes to recognize your iPhone.
  • 4. There might be a prompt on iTunes asking if you Trust This computer. Consent to it.
  • 5. Click on the Device tab in iTunes.
  • 6. Under the Device tab, click on Summary.
  • 7. Click on the Check for Update button.
  • 8. Select Download and Update.
  • 9. Click on Agree when prompted.
  • 10. You might also be required to enter your passcode on your iPhone.
  • 11. Once you have done that, iTunes will try downloading and installing the latest iOS update on your iPhone.
  • 12. Once the update process is complete, reboot your iPhone.
  • 13. Your iPhone should now be running the latest version of iOS available.

Update Your iPhone via finder


The thing to keep in mind is that it is perfectly normal for your iPhone to freeze while updating. We discussed the various reasons that can cause the iPhone to freeze as well as the means to get rid of the same.

However, if the tips and tricks mentioned do not seem to work, there is also the TinyFix that you can rely on, and which has come across as a proven means of fixing a lot of software issues with your iPhone.

It works across several iOS versions and is a fast and secure means of fixing the iPhone freezing issue. 

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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