How To Fix iOS 17 Update Requested And Stuck Issue On iPhone And iPad

Here’s how you can fix the iOS 17 OTA Update Requested or stuck issue on your iPhone or iPad.

Updating to iOS 17 can be a difficult time sometimes, especially if you’re doing the update process soon after Apple made the update available to the public. It isn’t unheard of for people trying to do over-the-air iOS and iPadOS updates to see errors, including a message that says Update Requested and little more. In some instances, the update simply stays in that state and doesn’t progress.

If that’s a position that you find yourself in you can try some of the steps below to see if things improve.

Restart Your iPhone or iPad

It might be something of a trope, but restarting your iPhone or iPad can be enough to kick things into gear if you’re stuck.

Try Hard Reboot

If a normal restart doesn’t work, a hard reset may be needed. To do that, the steps depend on the device that you are using.

Follow our guides for the iPhone 11 lineup here: Force Restart / Hard Reset iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, 15 Pro Max. Here’s How. If you have an iPhone XS / XS Max / XR head here.

Do The Update Via iTunes or Finder Instead

Plugging our iPhones and iPads into a computer definitely feels like something from the Dark Ages, but sometimes we just have to do it. If going the easier OTA route isn’t working, iTunes on a PC or Finder on your Mac might be a better option.

Just Wait

These issues normally happen when Apple’s servers are over-stretched which means that they just can’t cope with the demand. If that’s the case, hanging fire and trying again later should be enough to get things up and running properly.

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