iOS Update Stuck on Paused on iPhone [Solved]

In order to get many cool features that Apple releases with their recent updates, you have to update your iOS on your iPhone. Many iPhone users had mentioned in several reports that state when they tried updating their iPhone’s iOS, it got stuck on the “Paused” status on their iPhone.

Some of the potential reasons behind this issue include the following.

  1. Internal technical errors/glitches
  2. Wi-Fi connectivity issues
  3. Lack of stable internet
  4. Network issues
  5. No Storage Space
  6. VPN connected
  7. Not enough charge in iPhone

Don’t worry if you are also having this issue. We have listed a set of troubleshooting ideas in the post below.


  1. Restart your iPhone to avoid any technical glitches within your iPhone.
  2. Make sure there is a strong and stable internet connection on your iPhone and try to switch to a mobile network data connection if the Wi-Fi signal is not so strong enough.
  3. To ensure there is enough space to accommodate the update which is a huge file in some GBs, try deleting all the unnecessary files, folders, videos, and so on which take up large space on your iPhone.
  4. Plug the charger into your iPhone charging port and place it for charging if your battery is below 50%. iPhone constantly checks for the battery level and when it is below 50%, it will cause this type of issue.
  5. Sometimes, the Apple server gets down due to overloaded requests from millions of users to update their iPhones at a time. So wait for a few hours and try again.


Fix 1 – Delete Previous Interrupted Update on your iPhone

If you have already faced this issue and got interrupted while updating your iPhone, it might leave behind some traces of the update’s software on your iPhone which might create a problem now.

Step 1: You need to go to the Settings page on your iPhone.

Step 2: After that, click on the General option.


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Step 3: Now choose the iPhone Storage option by tapping on it as shown below.


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Step 4: Please wait for some time till it loads the details of the storage on your iPhone.

Step 5: Once the page gets loaded, scroll down the list and find if there is any update left over (For example, iOS 15.2, iOS 16.1, etc.)

Step 6: If there is any, then tap on it and click on Delete Update to clear the leftover from the interrupted previous update.

Step 7: You need to tap Delete Update again on the confirmation pop-up to continue.

This deletes the interrupted piece of update stored on your iPhone.


Fix 2 – Enable and then Disable Airplane Mode

Step 1: Tap on the Settings icon to open the settings page.

Step 2: After the settings page is open, click on the Airplane Mode toggle button to enable it.


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Step 3: You will see that enabling Airplane Mode disconnects all the network connections including the mobile network.

Step 4: Now you have to disable the Airplane mode after waiting for some time.

Step 5: To disable the Airplane mode, tap on its toggle switch again as shown below.


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Step 6: This tries to connect all the network connections that iPhone had earlier which refreshes them.

Fix 3 – Turn Off and then Turn On the Wi-Fi option

If there is some problem regarding the Wi-Fi network, you may also want to refresh it using the following steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone by tapping on the settings icon.

Step 2: Once it gets open, scroll down and click on the Wi-Fi option from the settings menu list.


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Step 3: Now disable or turn off the Wi-Fi option by tapping on its toggle button as shown.


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Step 4: After that, wait for some time and turn the Wi-Fi on again by clicking on the toggle button.


Fix 4 – Disable the VPN connection

When you have connected your iPhone to any VPN connection, it might throw such issues as discussed above. So you need to disable any VPN connection on your iPhone.

Step 1: For that, first you need to launch the settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Then navigate to the General option by clicking on general from the settings menu.


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Step 3: Scroll down the general page and click on the VPN & Device Management option as shown in the image below.


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Step 4: After that, tap on the VPN option at the top of the page as shown.


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Step 5: Here if there are any VPN connections, please delete them or you can also disable them if you want to use them later.



Fix 5 – Turn Off the Content & Privacy Restrictions

Step 1: Launch the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on the Screen Time option.


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Step 3: Now click on the Content & Privacy Restrictions option to proceed.


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Step 4: Turn off the Content & Privacy Restrictions by tapping on its toggle button to turn it grey as shown in the below screenshot.


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Fix 6 – Reset All Settings on your iPhone

Step 1: You got to open the settings app page on the iPhone by clicking on the settings icon.

Step 2: After doing so, click on the General option on the settings page as shown.


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Step 3: Now scroll down to the bottom and click Transfer or Reset iPhone.


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Step 4: After that, you should select the Reset option at the bottom.


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Step 5: You may get a pop-up on your iPhone screen.

Step 6: Then you should choose Reset All Settings from the context menu.


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Step 7: Before continuing, it will require you to enter your passcode.

Step 8: After successfully verifying your passcode, you need to click Reset All Settings for the last time to confirm.


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Step 9: Now it starts to reset all settings on your iPhone.