Unable to Check for iOS 14 Update? How to Fix

When heading to updating iPhone iPad to the new operating system iOS 14 over the Air, iOS update not showing up in Settings at all, and saying a message “Unable to Check for Update. An error occurred while checking for a software update”. Check the steps in this post to fix them easily.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 21, 2020

Cannot do a software update on my iPhone. Apple online support says to go to Settings/General/software update? I am trying to update to iOS 14. The problem is under general there is no software update for selection. I have looked everywhere for it and cannot locate it. Please let me know what to do. Thanks!

During the new iOS 14 updating, even afterward, you may run into various problems and issues, can’t download iOS, stuck on Apple logo, network problems, Bluetooth issues, Siri problems, and so on.

Besides, another very common iOS 14 update problem bug is when you go to Settings > General > Software Update, and install the newest version over the Air, iOS update does not appear at all, or notice you with the message “Unable to Check for Update. An error occurred while checking for a software update.” Especially, since 14 was released, lots of users have run into such situations and asked why the new iOS not showing up in the Settings.

Unable to Check for iOS or iPadOS Update

Unable to Check for iOS or iPadOS Update

This problem could cause by various factors. But don’t worry. You can try the tips in the following to get the iPhone unable to check for the update issue solved easily.

How to Fix Unable to Check for Update iOS 14

Sometimes, Apple servers will have something wrong, at this time you decide to update iPhone iPad to the new iOS, and you will get the iOS update not showing up in the Settings, or unable to check for update issue. So the first thing you need to do with this problem is visiting the Apple System Status web page.

If Apple System Status shows yellow, it means there is something wrong with this server for the moment; And what you can do is waiting, or contact Apple Support. If all servers show green, it means they all work OK. The unable to check for update issue is none of Apple server’s business, then what you need to do is moving to the next tip below.

Check Apple System Status

Check Apple System Status

Tip 2. Make Sure iDevice Connecting to Wi-Fi and in Charge

Updating over the Air requires iPhone iPad should be connected Wi-Fi, and battery life must be at 50% or greater (we sincerely recommend put it in charge). If Wi-Fi is connected, you can also try to disconnect it and after several minutes reconnect it.

Tip 3. Restart Your iDevice

If tip 1 does not work, you can try restarting your iPhone iPad: Press and hold the sleep/wake button, hold until you can’t see the Slide Power off button on your device screen > Pull the slider to turn it off > After several seconds, again press and hold the sleep/wake button to restart it.

Tip 4. Force Restart Your iDevice

If the new iOS version still not showing up in Settings, or unable to check for update existing, try force restarting the device: Press and hold down the On/Off button > While continuing to hold the On/Off button, press and hold the Home button > Keep holding them until the screen turns back on and shows the Apple logo. Then go to Settings > General > Software Update check if iOS 14 or iPadOS show up.

Tip 5. Reset Network Settings

Sometimes, this problem happening due to network. You can reset it on your device to fix it: Go to Settings > General > Scroll down to Reset > Tap on Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings

Tip 6. Delete iOS Beta Version Profile

If you have downloaded the iOS beta version on your iPhone iPad, a new iOS update will not show up in Settings, either. You should delete the beta firstly, then go to updating. How to delete a beta profile: Settings > General > Scroll down to Profiles & Device Management > Click on the beat version and delete this profile.

Further Reading: How to Downgrade from iOS 14to iOS 13 Step By Step >

Tip 7. Updating iOS and iPadOS using iTunes

If all the above methods do not work, then we can turn to iTunes for help. We have also prepared a practical guide to help you how to update iOS 14 via iTunes: How to Update Your iPhone/iPad to New iOS>

Ultimate Solution: Fix iPhone Unable to Check for Update

If none of the above tips can fix the problem, then you can try this ultimate guide with AnyFix – iOS System Recovery. This software is a one-stop solution to fix various iOS/iPadOS/tvOS/iTunes issues in minutes. It can bring your Apple devices back to normal without data loss.

So when your iPhone unable to check for update, AnyFix can definitely help out the situation. Since it can fix any type of stuck issue, iPhone is frozen & crashing, including the most common issues of the iPhone won’t update. Therefore, you can’t miss this complete iOS repair tool.

Now, you can follow the steps below to fix iPhone unable to check for update:

Step 1: Download and install AnyFix on your computer (Mac & PC). Then launch it on your computer > Choose System Repair.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Tap on System Repair

Tap on System Repair

Step 2: Connect your iPhone with Computer and choose 50+ iPhone Problems > Tap on Start Now.

Step 3: Now, you need to select a mode to repair according to your problem. And Standard Repair Mode is capable of fixing the most issues and no data will be erased. You can tap Standard Repair button to continue.

Select a Mode to Repair

Select a Mode to Repair

Step 4: Next, AnyFix will detect your iPhone and you need to tap Download button get a matching firmware.

Download a Firmware for your iPhone

Download a Firmware for your iPhone

Step 5: Once firmware downloaded, you can tap Fix Now button to continue. Then you need to put your iPhone in recovery mode. Once iPhone entered recovery mode, AnyFix will start repairing.

Repairing the System

Repairing the System

Step 6: Once Repair Completed, you will see the interface below. And your iPhone will restart and upgrade to the latest system version supported by the device.

Repair Completed

Repair Completed

The Bottom Line

With these solutions, hope you can fix the unable to check for the

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

update on iPhone iPad, and iOS update appearing in the Settings. We truly welcome any practical method, if you have one or more, and please share it in the comments below, to help more people, suffering from this new iOS update not showing up on iPhone iPad issue.

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.