iOS 15 Installing Errors: How to fix iOS 15 Stuck on Preparing Update?

Your iPhone may get stuck on the “preparing update screen” at times. This may happen for a variety of reasons. This guide will show you how to solve your iPhone update stuck problem using some of the most effective methods available. After that, you should be able to upgrade your iPhone without any problems.

Part 1: What Does Preparing Update Mean?

When you want to download and install an update on your iPhone, one of the stages it goes through is preparation for the update. This update process preparation should just take a few minutes to complete. However, it may sometimes take longer. If you see an error saying “iPhone unable to check for update” or the step is taking considerably longer than it should, there is probably a problem with your device’s hardware or software.

The problem is typically caused by a partially downloaded update file or a problem with your Internet connection on the software side. Other software problems, such as a small bug in your current iOS version, may also be present. This may prevent your phone from receiving new updates.

On the hardware side, it’s possible that your device has been physically damaged. This may cause your iPhone to behave in unexpected ways, including how it downloads, prepares, and installs updates. These hardware problems are often difficult to detect and resolve. It’s quite likely that you’ll have to take your phone to a repair shop to get it repaired. If you try to do it yourself, you risk bricking the device, which would permanently harm your phone.

Part 2: How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Preparing Update iOS 15

Way 1. Delete Previous Update File

The downloaded update may be corrupted, which is one of the reasons your iPhone is stuck on the processing an update screen. Something went wrong during the download of the update, causing the update file to become corrupted. The update file is causing your iPhone to get stuck on a screen in this case.

Dealing with iOS update files is a pain in the neck. This is due to the fact that, unlike Android, iOS does not allow you to see your update files. You can’t interact with them as you do with normal files on your device. It’s a little harder to locate and repair downloaded updates on your iPhone due to the absence of this feature.

However, this does not rule out the possibility of repairing a defective update on your phone. In fact, your iPhone includes a menu where you can see the updates that have been downloaded. You can actually find and remove your recently downloaded update from this screen. One way to solve the problem on your phone is to delete the update, which is highly recommended.

You’ll need to re-download the update once you’ve deleted it from your phone. This is the method’s major drawback, and if you’re okay with that, here’s how you do it.

  1. Click General in the Settings app.
  2. To see your iPhone’s storage information, choose the option that says iPhone Storage.
  3. Find your iOS 15 update file, tap it, then on the next page, choose Delete Update.
  4. Your device’s update file will be deleted. Then, to redownload the update to your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Way 2: Fix iOS System Issue with ReiBoot

If removing software update files or restarting your iOS device didn’t solve your problem, you may be facing some iOS issues. Whatever system error your iPhone is experiencing, this method will help you in resolving the issue. Tenorshare ReiBoot  – iOS system recovery is a powerful system repair solution designed to fix your iOS device’s typical core system problems. You can easily fix 130+ iOS/iPadOS/tvOS problems using ReiBoot, including any issues with iPhone preparing for iOS 15 upgrade.

Here are the key features of Reiboot:

  • Enter recovery mode in just a click
  • Repair more than 150+ problems related to iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS, including stuck on preparing update, stuck on Apple logo, recovery mode loop, etc.
  • Reset your Apple device without using iTunes or Finder 
  • Repair iPhone and iTunes errors such as 4013 or 4005 in just a few clicks

Follow these steps to  fix iPhone stuck on preparing update iOS 15:

Step 1: Download and Install ReiBoot on PC or Mac

Connect your iPhone to your PC and run ReiBoot. To utilize the iOS System Recovery program, click the ‘Start’ button after the device has been recognized.

Step 2: Click ‘Standard Repair’ to Proceed

To prevent repairing process failure, choose ‘Standard Repair’ in the interface below and read the notice below. Click ‘Standard Repair’ when you’re ready.

Step 3: Download Firmware Package

If you’re ready, go ahead and click ‘Download’ to get the latest firmware package. Due to the 5GB firmware package, it will take some time.

Step 4: Start Standard Repair

After you’ve downloaded the firmware package to your computer, click ‘Start Standard Repair’ to begin the system recovery process.

Please be patient as the whole repair procedure takes a few minutes. Your iOS device will auto reboot once the repair is completed, and all of your data will not be deleted.

Way 3: Check Network Conditions

Another reason your iPhone stuck on preparing update is because your network settings are malfunctioning. This often results in problems like the one you’re having with your phone right now.

Your iPhone’s network problems may be caused by a variety of reasons. It’s possible that your router is faulty. If that’s the case, you’ll need to repair your router before your iPhone can connect to the Internet. It’s also possible that your iPhone’s network settings are improperly configured. Also, these settings may have been modified by you or someone else, and they are now causing the problem on your phone.

Resetting your iPhone’s network settings is one of the simplest methods to resolve any network problems. Your iPhone’s network settings are reset to factory defaults when you do this. All of the changes you’ve made to your settings will be lost. You’ll be able to clean out any faulty settings and resolve problems on your iPhone this way.

Note that this will also reset your good settings. If you don’t mind this drawback, here’s how to reset the settings.

  1. Open the Settings app and choose General.
  2. To see your device’s reset settings, tap on Reset.
  3. To reset all of your network settings, choose Reset Network Settings.

Your iPhone should now be able to connect to the Internet and download updates without any error.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons why your iPhone may get stuck on the preparing for an update screen. You do not need to be worried, though, since there are many ways to fix this problem. After you’ve tried one of the techniques above and fixed the problem, your iPhone should be able to download and install updates without difficulty. Tenorshare ReiBoot can also update your iPhone/iPad with a few clicks, preventing stuck problems from happening again.

the authorDennisSellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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