iOS 10.3 comes with great new features like Find My AirPods, New Apple File System, 3D Touch Weather in Maps App and more. And many iPhone and iPad users tried to download and install iOS 10.3 soon after it was released. However, not everyone can smoothly install iOS 10.3 software update as expected. One fairly common problem is receiving “Unable to Install Update” message, and another is getting stuck on verifying update screen.
“I tried to install iOS 10.3 on my iPhone 7 (32G) this morning and it has been stuck on Verifying Update for several hours. During this time, I can’t do anything with my phone. Is there any way to get this off or will it eventually go away and finish installing?”
It’s really annoying to have iPhone/iPad stuck on verifying update screen, because during this time, we can’t do anything with our device. The “Verifying update…” message may resolve itself on some devices, but it may also take some people hours or even the whole day till the process ends. And is there any way to fix iPhone or iPad stuck on verifying update when updating to iOS 10.3? Follow this post to get 4 quick fixes to get rid of iOS 10.3 verifying update issue.
Tip: iOS 10.3.1 comes closely after the release of iOS 10.3, and Apple rolled out iOS 10.3.2 nearly six weeks later. The solutions below can be also used to fix iPhone stuck on “Verifying Update” during iOS 10.3.1 or iOS 10.3.2 update.
How to Fix iOS 10.3.2/iOS 10.3.1/iOS 10.3 Stuck on Verifying Update Screen
Before we start, you need to connect your iPhone to a steady Wi-Fi network and ensure you have enough storage space to install iOS 10.3.2/iOS 10.3.1 update. Unable to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi? Read How to Fix iPhone Wi-Fi Problems to troubleshoot iOS 10.3 Wi-Fi connection issues.
Then, try out the followings fixes to solve iPhone or iPad stuck on verifying update screen during iOS 10.3 update process.
Lock and unlock your iPhone iPad screen for 5+ times
The first way to get off iOS 10.3 “verifying update” issue is simple but proved to be effective by many people. All you need do is just press the power button to lock your device and then wake it up. Repeat this for at least 5 times till you see a progress bar.
Hard reboot your device
If the power button trick does not work for you, force restart your iPhone/iPad and try to install iOS 10.3.2/iOS 10.3.1 update again. To force reboot your device:
- On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
- On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
After rebooting your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and choose Install Now.
Restore your iPhone/iPad with iTunes
Update your iPhone iPad to iOS 10.3.2/10.3.1 with iTunes
If none of above ways works, you can try to update your device with iTunes from your computer:
- Install iTunes 12.6 on your computer and launch iTunes.
- Plug in your device and click the device icon.
- Click on Summary tab and choose Update.
- Follow the on screen steps to update your iPhone/iPad.