Despite the seemingly flawless iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, even Apple mobile devices can hang on updating, especially if you follow the development progress of new iOS versions and always install the latest builds you are testing. In this manual, I will tell you what to do if the iPhone freezes while updating and how to get the device back to life on our own.

Hanging iPhone, iPad or iPod touch when installing a new version of iOS, or rolling back to one of the available previous builds, can be caused by a number of reasons. At the same time, the saddest thing is that the user, for his part, can influence the installation process to a minimum – he just needs not to disconnect the device and not disconnect it from the computer if the firmware is installed via iTunes.

But after the failure occurred the owner of the mobile device, you can perform a number of actions aimed at saving the distressed gadget. It is recommended to start with the simplest.

Read more: How to Fix when the iPhone is Frozen and Won’t Turn Off?

How Long Does it Take to Update iPhone?

  • Downloading: 3-10 minutes;
  • Installing: 10-20 minutes;
  • Setting up: 1-5 minutes;
  • Total update time: 30 minutes to 1hour.

If the device update lasts a very long time, I hasten to upset you, you will most likely have to restore the iPhone due to a hangup at the time of updating the firmware.

Fix iPhone Verifying Update Stuck via Power Button

The old trick was to simply press the power button, and after the iPhone went off, turn it on again. But as practice shows, this trick is not relevant since the days of iOS 9.

Fix iPhone Verifying Update Stuck via Force Reboot

I consider the situation when the iPhone is frozen and the smartphone does not make any calls to action, such as the requirement to connect to iTunes. In cases where the image on the device screen has stopped, a banal forced reboot can help.

What to Do if iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update?

To do this, you need to simultaneously hold down the Home and Power buttons and hold them until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Depending on the severity of the crash, the frozen picture may change, thereby connecting to iTunes and this means that the new version of iOS, unfortunately, could not be installed correctly.

Restore iPhone via iTunes

If the forced reboot did not help to fix the problem or a notification appeared on the screen about the need to restore the smartphone via iTunes, we have no other way out how to connect the device to the computer for later recovery.

The recovery process is easy:

  • Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer and launch iTunes;
  • If the device has not yet been entered into recovery mode, hold down the Home and Power buttons and hold them until the iTunes icon appears on the screen (as in the image below);
What to Do if iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update?
  • Click on the “Restore iPhone” button, confirm the start of the operation and wait for it to finish.
What to Do if iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update?

Important: in the case of an update, you will try to reinstall iOS without losing data. If you choose recovery, then all content and settings will be erased. The process can take quite a long time, because initially iTunes will download the required version of iOS from Apple servers.


After the recovery process is complete, the latest available iOS version will be installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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