Software Update Failed Error Fix

Do you get a Software Update Failed error when you try to update to a new iOS firmware? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It seems that with the recent iOS release, it happened on most devices and it may well be down to the servers being overloaded with so many people trying to update.  Of course, there may be a more serious issue or iOS itself could have a bug in it that causes the error.

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So what’s the answer?

How to Fix Software Update Failed Error:

In the absence of anything official from Apple, there are a few ways that you can try to solve it. We can’t guarantee that these methods will work for everyone; just start at the top and work through them:


Let’s dive in

Method 1: Reboot slide_to_power_off

Reboot both your iOS device and your Wi-Fi router in the first instance. It could be that your internet connection failed. Try again. If you still get the error

Method 2: Reset Network Settings reset-network settings phone

This will wipe all your Wi-Fi and data settings so be prepared to put them back in. Just go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. Reboot, setup your connections and try again

Above all

Method 3: Be patient

If it is down to the Apple servers being clogged up then waiting a few hours will probably solve the problem. Let things die down a little first and then try again. You could even leave it 24 hours – the servers are likely to have cleared by then,


Method 4: Try iTunes

If the error won’t go away, forget the OTA update and try doing it manually through iTunes. This seems to have worked for the majority of users,

Beyond that

If none of these work for you, you have two options – wait for a few more hours and give it another go, or wait until Apple can provide a solution for you.

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