[2024 Updated] iOS 17.3.1 Stuck on Software Update - 8 Fast Fixes

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Feb 15, 2024
Summary: This post is a detailed tutorial about fixing the iOS 17.3.1 stuck on software updates. Read on to learn more.

iOS 17.3.1 software update issues are common to hear. Many users have encountered issues like iOS 17.3.1 stuck on preparing update, iOS 17.3.1 update stuck on Apple Logo, etc.

It's necessary to learn some effective ways to fix the iOS 17.3.1 software update stuck. Keep reading!

iOS 17.3.1 Software Update Stuck

Possible Causes and Issues for iOS 17.3.1 Update Stuck

Possible Causes for iOS 17.3.1 Update Stuck

The possible causes for the iPhone getting stuck on software updates are many and hard to figure out the specific one. But here is a list of the most common ones:

iOS 17.3.1 Update Issues

  • iOS 17.3.1 stuck on preparing update.
  • iPhone stuck on Apple Logo.
  • iPhone stuck on "Install Now" screen.
  • iPhone stuck on the update screen.
  • iPhone stuck on loading bar.
  • iPhone stuck on "Checking for Update" screen.
  • iPhone stuck on "Verifying update" screen.
  • iPhone stuck on "Update Completed" screen.
  • iPhone stuck on "Update Requested".
iPhone Stuck on Checking for Update

You may receive an "Unable to Check for Update. An error occurred while checking for a software update." or "Unable to Check for Update. Software update requires a network connection." message while you update your iPhone.

How to Fix iOS 17.3.1 Software Update Stuck Issues

Now that you already figured out the possible reasons and issues for the iOS 17.3.1 update stuck, let's move on to learn some practical solutions to fix these issues.

In total, there are 7 methods to fix iPhone software update stuck that work well for iOS 15, iOS 16, iOS 17, etc. update. Let's check them one by one.

1. Force Restart

A quick and common yet effective solution for the iPhone stuck on software updates is to force restart your iPhone. Force restarting your iPhone can fix some occasional system errors quickly without losing data. See if force-restart works. If not, skip to other solutions.

2. Check Internet Connection and Reset Network Settings

A vital factor for iPhone update failure is a poor internet connection. Poor internet connection will slow down your downloading software update process as well as your installation process.

So if you tried the force-restart method but still failed to get out of the iPhone update stuck screen, just check your internet connection or reset network settings. Or you can make an attempt to update on cellular.

3. Clear iPhone Storage

If your iPhone gets stuck on software update while downloading, the most possible cause may be the iPhone storage full. In this case, just go to SettingsGeneraliPhone Storage to check your iPhone storage.

Check iPhone Storage in Settings

Every time you make an update for your iPhone, you'd better check and clear enough iPhone storage for installing the update before. Or you may receive the "Temporarily Remove Apps to Install Software Update?" pop-up message.

As for iPhone storage full, here are 7 effective solutions to free up space.

  • Optimize your iPhone storage according to recommendations.
  • Delete duplicate photos, similar photos, and large videos.
  • Transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer
  • Delete/offload unused apps.
  • Delete browsing history in browsers.
  • Delete messages.
  • Delete music and podcasts.

4. Charge Your iPhone

The low battery can be the main cause of the iOS 17.3.1 software update stuck issue. When you perform an update for your iPhone, it is recommended that the iPhone power be 50% or more. Or you can keep your iPhone charging while updating.

5. Remove and Download the Update Again

In the case that you think there is some error in the update software, you can remove and download the update software again.

It's worth noting that you can stop an iOS update while downloading the update. However, you can not stop an iOS update while installing the update.

Here is how to remove the update:

  1. Go to SettingsGeneraliPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll down and find the iOS version you have downloaded before.
  3. Tap on it >Delete UpdateDelete Update.

Here is how to download the update again:

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.
  2. Tap Download and Install to download the update again.

In the case that you can't download the update again, try to update your iPhone with Finder/iTunes using a computer.

6. Use Finder/iTunes to Update Your iPhone

Besides updating iOS via iPhone, you can also update with the help of your computer. For Mac users, use Finder/iTunes to update your iPhone. For Windows users, use iTunes to update your iPhone.

When using Finder/iTunes to update your iPhone, make sure that your Finder/iTunes is the latest version. If not, you'd better update it to the latest version first.

Here is how to use Finder to update your iPhone:

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. Open Finder> Find and click your iPhone's icon on the left sidebar.
  3. Click Update and wait for the update process to be completed.
    Update iPhone Using Finder

Also, if this method fails, you can try to use Finder/iTunes to update your iPhone in recovery mode. It's worth noting that you'd better back up important files before you update your iPhone in case of data loss.

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7. Use iOS System Repair Software

Have you tried all of the above methods but still failed to get out of the iOS 17.3.1 update issues? BuhoRepair is here to help. It is dedicated to helping Apple users fix various system issues.

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Here is how to use BuhoRepair to fix iPhone stuck on Software Update:

  1. Free download, install, and launch BuhoRepair.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Click the Repair Now button under System Repair>Select Standard RepairRepair Now.
  4. Click the Download button. Once the download is complete, click Repair Now.
  5. When your iPhone restarts, you can set it up as new.
iOS System Repair Software
Note
Back up your iPhone before you repair it in case of data loss.

8. Wait for More Time

Indeed, every time Apple releases a new iOS version, there would be numerous iPhone users follow the update immediately. With so many users updating their iPhones at the same time, it's possible for an Apple server error.

What's more, it is recommended that you update your iPhone in the evening. Updating may take a longer time than the iPhone shows. If your iPhone is stuck on iOS 17.3.1 software update when transferring data, it may be caused by too many files and photos, etc. in your iPhone, which may greatly slow down the updating process. So just be patient.

Tips
  1. If you don't want an automatic update, follow the steps below to turn off Automatic Updates: Go to SettingsGeneralSoftware UpdateAutomatic Updates>switch off Download iOS Updates.
  2. Besides the methods we mentioned above, there are other effective ways worth a try. For example, try a professional repair tool, restore your iPhone in recovery mode with Finder/iTunes (erase all data), contact Apple Support, etc.

Final Words

This post teaches you 8 ways to fix the iOS 17.3.1 software update stuck issue. Hope they help you get out of the iPhone software update stuck screen successfully.

In addition, if you need Mac update stuck fixes, here are 9 effective ones.

Clare Weaver

Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.