How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Updating iCloud Settings

Find that your iPhone has gotten stuck whilst updating the iCloud settings?

Apple has been known to provide software support on iPhones for a long period.

This means that you would still receive security and performance updates even if your device is two or more years old. While this offers longevity to iPhones and iPads it can still encounter minor issues while updating your software.

One of the common issues when updating iPhone software is the iCloud settings take forever to update. Some reports even said that after 48 hours, their device is still stuck on updating iCloud settings. This is really annoying especially if you have important things to do with your iPhone and iPad.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


Today, we are going to show you possible fixes to the iPhone getting stuck on updating iCloud settings.

But first, you should perform a couple of checks before starting the software update on your iPhone. This will help you avoid problems and errors while performing the software update.


What to Check Before Updating Your iPhone

Given that iPhones last longer compared to android phones in terms of software support. You might find yourself updating your operating system once in a while. However, this software update can also encounter bugs or issues during the process. 

To minimize problems when updating your iOS version, it is important that you check a few things like the available storage of your iPhone. This is where the update file is going to be stored and installed so make sure that you have enough space for the update. 

Also, you might want to check if Apple’s servers are working properly before updating your iPhone’s software. 

To perform these checks, you can follow the guide below.


1. Check Your iPhone’s Available Storage

Before you proceed in updating your iPhone, it is important to check if you have enough storage space to download and install Apple’s latest software update to avoid any problems during the process.

  1. First, open your iPhone and find Settings and open it.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Inside Settings, click on General which you can find below the Do Not Disturb option.


  1. Now, find iPhone Storage and open it to view detailed information about your phone’s storage capacity.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. On the iPhone’s Storage page, you will see a chart that shows the storage available on your iPhone. We recommend you have at least 2GB of available storage before downloading the software update.



2. Check Apple’s Website for System Status

Another thing to check before updating your iPhone is Apple’s servers. If their servers are down then chances are you will encounter several issues while updating your iPhone.

  1. Go to Apple’s official website to check Apple’s System Status for any down servers.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Now, on Apple’s website, you will see the System Status of their servers. Available servers will have a green circle mark on the left side. Check all the status of their system and make sure that all iCloud related and Sign in with Apple server are available.
  2. Lastly, if all system servers are running, you can now proceed with the update. However, if any of the iCloud servers are down, it is best to wait until the servers are available and running.

Now, if you are on the process of updating your iPhone, it is normal for the iCloud settings to update to take some time. However, if it is stuck on updating iCloud settings for more than 30 minutes you can try these simple methods to possibly fix the issue on iCloud settings.



How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Updating iCloud Settings: 5 Ways


After checking that you have enough storage and all Apple’s servers are up and running but your iPhone is still stuck on Updating iCloud settings. You can try these simple ways to possibly fix problems with your iPhone getting stuck on updating.

Let’s get started!


1. Restart Your iPhone

If you have a lot of applications running in the background, it can take a lot of resources. Updating your iPhone’s software also uses a lot of system resources during the process. If you are stuck on updating your iCloud settings, restarting your iPhone will free up system resources making it available for use while performing software updates.

You can follow the steps below to properly restart your iPhone.

  1. Find the Power Button on your iPhone, press and hold it until the Slide to Power Off option appears.
  2. Now, press on the Power Switch on the screen and slide it to the right until the screen turns off.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Finally, After turning off your iPhone, press on the Power Button again to turn it on.
  2. Once your phone boots up, try to update it again and see if the problem of updating iCloud settings is resolved.

If this method did not work, you can try doing a force restart on your iPhone. Then proceed to the next method below if force restart did not work.



2. Skip iCloud Setup on Update

One of the best ways to fix issues with updating iCloud settings is to skip the iCloud setup during the update. After completing the update, you can manually login to your iCloud account to avoid getting stuck on updating iCloud settings.

See the steps below, to guide you in doing this.

  1. Go to iPhone’s Settings.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Now on Settings, click on General.


  1. Next, click on Software Updates. This will prompt your iPhone to check for available software updates. Download and Install the update if available. While installing the update, keep in mind that your phone may restart a couple of times.
  2. Now, If it prompts you to set up your iCloud account after installing the update, click on Skip. This will skip the update on your iCloud settings.
  3. Lastly, if you wish to log in to your iCloud account after the update, you can manually do this by going to Settings and click on Sign in to your iPhone.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings




3. Reset Your Network Settings

If your iPhone is having trouble connecting to Apple’s server this can also cause issues with updating your iCloud settings. 

Resetting your network configurations can possibly fix connection problems that cause errors in updating your iCloud configurations.

To reset your network settings, follow the steps below:

  1. On your Home, click on the Settings icon.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Now inside Settings, click on General.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. After opening General, click on Reset.


  1. Find Reset Network Settings and click it.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. Now, your device will prompt for your Passcode. Enter it and wait for the process to finish.
  2. Lastly, Go back to the Software Update page and continue to update your iPhone.



4. Update Your iPhone Using iTunes

If you are having problems updating your iPhone using on the air software updates, you can use iTunes to manually update your software and avoid iCloud setup issues.

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  2. Now, Open iTunes from your computer.
  3. After launching iTunes, you will find a Device Icon button on the top left side of the page, click it to access your iPhone.

iPhone stuck on updating iCloud settings


  1. On your Device Menu, click on Summary.


  1. Then, click Check for Updates.
  2. Finally, if an update is available, click Update to start updating your iPhone’s software.



5. Have Apple Check Your Device

If you are still having problems updating your device, you might want to ask Apple for help. There’s a possibility that the operating system on your iPhone has a problem or your unit is defective. In this case, you should visit the nearest Apple Store and ask them to check your phone.

Apple Store


However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, you might want to check the available support for Apple products in your location. This way, you can know the repair option or product replacement for your device. If possible, you can send them your iPhone via courier.


Apple Repair Support


Make sure to follow the steps above carefully. These are the best possible solutions for iPhone stuck on Updating iCloud settings. 

If you know other ways to fix this problem on iPhone and iCloud let us know in the comment section. We would be happy to give you credit once we updated the article. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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