Why iOS 14 Not Showing Up? How to Update to iOS 14 without iTunes

If you are not a big fan of iTunes, we will show you how to update your iPhone without the help of iTunes. That way you will not have to use the app that you do not like and still get the updates installed on your device.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 30, 2020

iOS 14 is here now. When it comes to performing tasks like updating the iOS version on an iOS device, iTunes is one possible choice to do the task. If you have been using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for yourself, you have likely used iTunes to backup as well as update the iOS version on your devices.

With the macOS Catalina doing away with iTunes, the day is not too far when Apple will discard the iTunes app for Windows machines as well. And if that ever happens, how would you update your iOS devices to the latest iOS 14? Why iOS 14 not showing up on my iPhone?

Well, that is exactly the question that the following guide answers. It also shows methods on how to update your iPad without iTunes and any other iOS device for that matter.

What is the Latest Version of iOS?

Before you proceed, you might want to know the latest iOS version that is available for your device. It makes no sense to try and do the procedure only to realize that you already run the latest version of the operating system on your device.

As of this writing, the latest version of the iOS operating system is iOS 14 which has recently been rolled out by Apple and it can be downloaded and installed on a number of iPhone and iPad models. As long as your device supports this version of iOS, you should be able to see the update and get it installed on your phone.

The Features of New iOS

After you have confirmed that you do not yet run the latest version of iOS, you might be interested in finding out what is new in this latest update. Well, the newest iOS system brings with it a plethora of new features and you are certainly going to find these features useful and cool on your iPhone and iPad models.

The following are some of the new features you are going to find in the iOS 14(beta):

Compact Phone Calls

With the compact phone calls, your incoming phone calls will no longer take up your entire screen since iOS 14(beta). The incoming phone call will be compacted and just show as a little banner at the top of the display. You can answer the phone call directly and reject the phone call at the banner.

Picture in Picture

With the Picture in Picture feature, you can use several functions at the same time. This feature was applied on iPad days back while. It applies to the new iOS system that will optimize the experience for iPhone users.

Siri and Search Updates

Like the Phone call feature, in iOS 14(beta), the Siri won’t pop up taken a whole screen. No matter you activate Siri through physical buttons or the voice command, a small animated Siri logo at the bottom of the iPhone’s display will show up.

Why is iOS 14 Not Showing Up?

Even iOS 14 has been released out, many people find that iOS 14 not showing up on their iPhone. Firstly, make sure your iPhone supports the iOS 14 update (from iPhone 6s to iPhone 11). To fix the iOS 14 not showing up, you can manually check the update:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap on General > Then tap on Software Update.
  • It will start to search and check update, and generally will show you the iOS 14 update.
  • Tap on Download and install.
iOS 14 Update

iOS 14 Update

How to Update to iOS 14 with AnyFix

If the above way not working, you can try an alternative tool to update to iOS 14. AnyFix – iOS System Recovery 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. Also, if your iPhone is unable to update, AnyFix can definitely help out the situation.  Now, you can follow the steps below to fix iPhone unable to check for updates.

Step 1: Download and install AnyFix on your computer. Then launch it on your computer > Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS.

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Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Step 2: Connect your iPhone with Computer and choose 1 click to upgrade iOS/iPadOS > Tap on Start Now.

Choose Upgrade iOS

Choose Upgrade iOS

Step 3: AnyFix will download the latest version of the firmware on your computer. Click on the Download and then tap on Upgrade to go to the next step.

Select, Download, and Upgrade iPhone Firmware Version

Select, Download, and Upgrade iPhone Firmware Version

Step 4: Now you need to wait for a while. Once AnyFix finished the update process, you will see the Upgrade Completed on your computer.

Upgrade iOS Version-3

Upgrade iOS Version-3

How to Update iPhone via Wi-Fi

With all the new exciting features in iOS 14(beta), we are sure you cannot wait to get your device updated to this latest version of the operating system.

One of the ways you can update your iPhone to the latest iOS without iTunes is to update your iPhone over the air. That basically means connecting your iPhone to the Internet over WiFi and then getting the update downloaded and installed on the device directly. You are going to need a stable Internet connection and that is all, really.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on the option that says Wi-Fi. It will open your WiFi settings.

Access the WiFi option on iPhone

Access the WiFi option on iPhone

Step 2. If it is the first time you using your iPhone, select the WiFi network from the list, enter the password to connect to it.

Step 3. Head back to the main interface of the Settings app and tap on General. Then tap on Software Update on the following screen.

Navigate to the Software Update option on iPhone

Navigate to the Software Update option on iPhone

Step 4. Wait while your iPhone checks for available updates. When an update is shown on your screen, tap on the option that says Download and Install. Your iPhone will automatically download the update for you and get it installed on your device. All you need to do is keep an eye on the update status to see when it finishes.

How to Update iPhone with Computer

There is another way to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version which does not fully depend on the iTunes app. It does use it to accomplish a few steps though so we cannot say that this is a completely iTunes-less method of updating iOS devices.

You are going to need a computer and an Internet connection to do this method.

Step 1. Launch a browser and head over to the IPSW website from where you can download a firmware file for your device.

Step 2. Select your iOS device model on the website and you will be presented with links to download a firmware for your device. Click on the latest IPSW file to download it to your computer.

Download IPSW file for your iOS device

Download IPSW file for your iOS device

Step 3. Plug-in your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 4. Select your device in iTunes and hold down Option (Mac) or Shift (Windows) and click on the Update button.

You will then be asked to choose the location of your IPSW file. When you have done that, your device will automatically begin to update to the latest version of iOS.

Bonus Tip: iOS 14 Troubleshooter

No matter how great the newest iOS system would be, some iPhone users have reported they had encountered some bugs after updated their iPhone to the latest iOS system. Therefore, how to fix some small bugs with a few clicks becomes surging.

AnyFix – iOS System Recovery, with professional problems solutions, can fix most iPhone system issues like stuck on a white Apple logo, freeze after the update, and iPhone stuck on verifying update screen, etc.

Besides the system issues, it supports getting out of the iTunes issue with your ease.

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The Bottom Line

Updating an iPhone without iTunes is totally possible as shown in the above guide. In fact, there are multiple ways to get your iOS device updated to the latest iOS without needing or partially needing the iTunes app.

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.