How Long Does the iOS Update Take

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

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Aug. 07, 2019, Last Updated: Aug. 07, 2019

Generally, Apple will release its new iPhone as well as the new iOS version every September. This year, Apple will release the new 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.

For example, users are able to change the intensity of light in Portrait Lighting and it also available for users to check cities with an immersive 3D experience in the Map app. The official version of iOS 13 will be released in mid-September, 2019. If you can’t wait to try iOS 13, there’s a beta version available for users to download.

Update to a New iOS Version

Update to a New iOS Version

Every year when the new iOS released, there will be a lot of questions about the updating process. One issue that questioned the 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 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 12.4 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 iOS 12.4.

Update Process Time
iOS 12.4 download 3-10 minutes
iOS 12.4 install 10-20 minutes
Set up iOS 12.4 1-5 minutes
Total update time 30 minutes to 1hour

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 have listed three solutions for you, keep reading and learn more about it.

What to do if iPhone Stuck in Downloading the Update

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.

iPhone 8/X/XS/XR Force Restart

iPhone 8/X/XS/XR Force Restart

iPhone 7/7 Plus Force Restart

iPhone 7/7 Plus Force Restart

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

You can also fix the network problems by resetting the network. Go to Setting > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to reset your internet.

Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings

Method 3. Check and Free Space on iPhone/iPad

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

The Bottom Line

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

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.