How Long Does the iOS 13/12 Update Take

Here in this post, we are going to focus on how long does it take to update to iOS 13/12 and what to do if the update process is taking too long. If you want to update your iPhone/iPad to the newest iOS version, you can refer to this post and make your decision.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 12, 2020

Generally, Apple will release its new iPhone as well as the new iOS version every September. In 2019, Apple released its newest operating system iOS 13. Compared with the previous iOS versions, iOS 13 has packed a bunch of new features such as dark mode and AR apps. What’s more, this new iOS version concentrates more on the apps that play a great role in our daily life. Now, Apple has released iOS 13.5.1, which fixed more bugs than the previous ones after updating.

Update to a New iOS Version

Update to a New iOS Version

About the updating process, one issue that questioned most is that some users reported that it takes forever to download the update. Here in this post, we would like to focus on this issue. Telling you how long does the iOS 13/13.4/13.5 update take and what to do if your iPhone/iPad is stuck in downloading the update.

How Long Does it Take to Update to A New iOS

It is a little bit difficult to answer this question because the time it spends various from device to device. We noted download the time it spends to update to iOS 13/12 and came up with the numbers below. Generally, update your iPhone/iPad to a new iOS version is need about 30 minutes, the specific time is according to your internet speed and device storage. The sheet below shows the time it takes to update to new iOS version.

Update Process Time
iOS 13.5/13/12 download 3-10 minutes
iOS 13.5/13/12 install 10-20 minutes
Set up iOS 13.5/13/12 1-5 minutes
Total update time 30 minutes to 1 hour

If it takes too long for you to download an iOS update or the procedure is getting frozen midway, there might be some problems during the updating process. We answered the question – why is my update taking so long and listed some solutions for you, keep reading and learn more about it.

Why is My Update Taking so Long

When you’re preparing iPhone for software update, you must make sure that you got a stable wifi connection and cellular data is not working for iOS software update. At the same time, you must keep the battery full or keep USB cable is connected. So if your iPhone is taking so long to update, here are some possible reasons are listed below:

  • Unstable even unavailable internet connection
  • USB cable connection is unstable or interrupted
  • Downloading other files while downloading the iOS update files
  • Unknown system issues

For the above issues, you can check the following methods to fix iPhone update is taking so long or the update procedure is stuck.

What to do if iPhone Update Taking Forever to Download

Method 1. Force Restart Your Device

When your iPhone/iPad stuck in the downloading process, your device might not get smooth by itself. This problem is usually caused by some tricky tweaks, simply force restart your iPhone could fix this out.

  • If you are using an iPhone 8/X/XS (Max)/XR, press and release the volume up key first, and then press and release the volume down key, at last press the power key until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone 8/X/XS/XR Force Restart

iPhone 8/X/XS/XR Force Restart

  • If you are using an iPhone 7/7 Plus, to force restart your iPhone, just press and hold the volume down key and power key at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone 7/7 Plus Force Restart

iPhone 7/7 Plus Force Restart

  • If you are using an iPhone 6/6 +/6s/6s + or an earlier model, you need to press and hold the home button and sleep button for at least ten seconds until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6 Series and Earlier Model Force Restart

iPhone 6 Series and Earlier Model Force Restart

Method 2. Check Your Internet Connection

Sometimes, an unstable network could make your iOS update process taking too long. It is very crucial that you connect to a strong and stable network when you decide to start updating. So, what you must do is check the network settings very thoroughly right before the installation.

Go to Setting > WLAN, turn on your Wi-Fi if it is off; turn off, wait for a while and then turn it on again if it is on.

Check Wi-Fi Connection

Check Wi-Fi Connection

Method 3. Reset Network Settings

You can also reset the network to remove all the glitches that might have been creating hindrances in the network connection. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to reset your internet. If asked, enter the passcode to confirm the selection. After that, restart the iPhone and download the update again.

Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings

Method 4. Check and Free Space on iPhone/iPad

Another possible reason why your iOS 13 update downloading process is frozen is that there is no enough space on your iPhone/iPad. The iOS 13 update requires at least 3GB storage, so if you find it is taking too long to download, go to check your device storage.

Go to Setting > General > iPhone Storage to check your storage, if you are low on storage, you can offload unused apps to free some space. After finishing free up space, try to download the iOS update file once again.

Check Storage Space

Check Storage Space

Method 5. Check Problems with the Apple Server

If the above 4 methods can’t fix the update taking so long or the update still doesn’t complete, maybe you need to check problems with the Apple server. Generally, when new software is released, some stuck issues could happen. So you can wait, then remove and download the update again. Or, you can contact Apple Support to ask whether your device got a problem with the Apple server.

Bonus Tip: Backup your iPhone Before Updating to New iOS Version

If you decided to update your device to the new iOS version, please backup your data first to protect you from unexpected data loss. Then you can have a try with AnyTrans for iOS, which is a comprehensive iPhone data management software:

If you want to ensure some special data are safe, you can choose and transfer them to another iPhone/iPad, or Mac/Windows. Learn how to transfer your content from iPhone to iPhone.

If there isn’t enough empty storage space available on the device to install the update, it also can help you backup your iPhone completely. Then you can delete unnecessary data to free up space. Learn how to backup your iPhone with ease.

Backup your iPhone using Backup Manager in AnyTrans for iOS

Backup your iPhone using Backup Manager in AnyTrans for iOS

Now download AnyTrans for iOS, and make sure your iOS 13/12 is successfully updated.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how long does the iOS 13/12 update take and what should you do if the updating process is taking too long. Hope that you can solve your problem and enjoy your iPhone/iPad with the newest iOS features.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.