How Long Does the iOS 12 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: Oct. 25, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2018
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Apple has released the iOS 12 in September, 2018. Compared with previous iOS versions, iOS 12 has added a lot of new features such as Measure and Screen Time, covered most of the iPhone and iPad device model, and it would make your Apple device faster and smoother. As a result, it is said to be a revolutionary operating system for Apple users. Now Apple has also released the iOS 12.0.1 to fix some minor bugs.

Before updating to iOS 12, some users , especially iPhone 5s/6/6s users, might wonder how long does it take to update to iOS 12, can their iPhone compatible with iOS 12? There are also some users reported that it takes forever to download the update. So here in this post, we are going to show 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 the iOS 12 Update Take

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 take to update to iOS 12.

 

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

 

If it takes too long for you to download iOS 12 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 on 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, a unstable network could make your iOS 12 update process taking too long. It is very crucial that you connect to a strong and stable network when you decide to start the 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 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 because there is no enough spaced on your iPhone/iPad. The iOS 12 requires at least 3GB storage, so if you find it is taking too long to download iOS 12 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 iOS 12 update once again.

Check Storage Space

Check Storage Space

The Bottom Line

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