How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update When Upgrading to iOS 12.4/12/11/10

It’s very likely to stuck on “Verifying Update” screen when downloading new iOS, including the latest iOS 12.1/12/11/10. Read on to learn some potential methods to fix it.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 11, 2020

If you are hesitating on whether updating to the latest iOS 12/12.1 update, you can read: should I update to iOS 12.1/12. Meanwhile, we prepared some common iOS 12/12.1 problems you may meet as well as some potential solutions.

When downloading a new iOS on your iPhone/iPad over the air (directly in Settings), you will see the “Verifying Update…” screen. Generally, it takes a few minutes to finish the verifying procedure, and you will be able to download the iOS update.

iOS 12 Unable to Verify Update

iPhone iPad Stuck on Verifying Update

But some people may accidentally be stuck on this window for endless hours while updating to iOS 12 or iOS 12.4. This may be easily fixed itself after some minutes cause the new update is just debuted for millions of Apple users, so there are so many people are trying to download the new iOS 12.4 or iOS 12, and the server may be busy, overload or down.

Surely, this issue may be an accident, and there are some other methods you can have a try to get out of this iPhone verifying update problem. Now follow us to have a try.

Part 1. Preparations

Fortunately, fixing iOS 12.1/12/11 stuck on verifying update issue on iPhone or iPad is not a hard job for almost all cases. Before we start, be sure of the following:

  • Keep your iPhone full charged
  • Make sure your iDevice has an active Wi-Fi connection
  • Make sure your iDevice has enough available storage space to install the new update
  • Do Not restore your iDevice unless you have a complete backup

With all that said, we will show you some quick solutions worth trying in the following part.

Part 2. Fix iOS 11/12/12.1 Stuck on Verifying Update

Solution 1. Lock and wake your iDevice using the power button

  • Simply press the Power button on the side or top to lock your iDevice.
  • Then wake it again.
  • Repeat to lock and wake your iDevice several times.
  • You may need to repeat for 5-10 times.

Solution 2. Do a hard reset or hard reboot

  • Simply hold the “Home” button and the “Sleep/Wake” button at the same time.
  • Keep holding until the screen turns off and then release buttons once Apple Logo appears.
  • Once your iPhone has rebooted, go to Settings > General > About and make sure that the iPhone is running on the iOS 10. If not, repeat the update process.

Solution 3. Restore with iTunes

  • This Is Important: Make sure you have a complete backup on computer.
  • Launch iTunes and connect your iDevice to computer. Click the Device button.
  • Click on Summary tab and choose Restore iPhone…
  • Choose the backup you need, and click Restore.

Solution 4. Update with iTunes

If the above solutions not working, you can try an alternative way to upgrade to a new iOS update: upgrade with iTunes on your PC or Mac.

Also Read: How Long Does the iOS 13/12 Update Take >

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.