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How to Fix iOS 17 Stuck on Preparing Update?

Posted by Brian Davis on Aug 9, 2023 9:00 AM • Category: Fix iPhone Issues
6 mins read

Before the release of the official iOS 17 version, many folks would like to download the early beta version to enjoy the brand-new features in advance. But, when they started to download iOS 17 beta, it kept saying preparing update. And whatever actions they took, the preparing update mode cannot get passed. Why does the iOS 17 beta keep saying preparing update?

If you have also been stuck on preparing update for a long time, this post is a great troubleshooting resource for you to fix the iOS 17 stuck on preparing update issue.

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Part 1: Why is iOS 17 stuck on preparing update?

The update may take you a lot of time if you upgrade iOS 16 to iOS 17 beta, as it has so many files to download. If you have been waiting for a long time and iOS 17 stuck on preparing update remains, your iPhone may encounter one of the issues listed here.

1. Apple Server crashed. Because of the popularity of the iOS 17 beta, the Apple Server may crash if there are large amounts of users downloading it at the same time.

2. Network is unavailable. Downloading iOS 17 software requires a stable network status.

3. iPhone has insufficient storage. The files of iOS software will occupy some of your iPhone storage.

4. System issues. Unknown systems issues trigger the problem of iOS update.

Part 2: [Video Tutorial] How to fix iOS 17 stuck on preparing update?

[Video Tutorial]

Comprehensive guide for the iPhone stuck on preparing update issue.

Method 1: Restart iPhone

Restarting iPhone is an all-purpose way to tackle iOS system issues, like iOS update paused. The iOS system will be refreshed once you finish restarting iPhone. So, just give it a go before using those complicated methods to get rid of iOS 17 preparing update because nothing lost.

iPhone Models

How to Restart iPhone

iPhone X and later

Step 1: Press and hold the Side Button & Volume Up Button.
Step 2: Drag the slider.

iPhone 6, 7, or iPhone SE(2nd and 3rd gen)

Step 1 : Press and hold the Side Button.
Step 2: When the slider shows up, drag it.

iPhone SE (1st gen), 5, or earlier

Step 1: Press and hold the Top Button.
Step 2: Drag the power off slider.

Method 2: Check your network

Upgrading to iOS 17 needs to download the iOS software files on your iPhone, which requires an available and stable network. To suit this requirement, you can change your network, turn the Airplane Mode on and off, or get rid of the unstable network status from these steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings.

Step 2: Select General section. Then, tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Step 3: Click Reset, and continue to tap on Reset Network Settings.

reset network settings

Method 3: Delete iOS software files and try again

The best solution for fixing an accidentally paused program is to get started again. By deleting the iOS software files on your device, you can download the iOS 17 beta again. If you've tried to restart this program twice or more and the issues remain, go to other methods in this post.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings.

Step 2: Tap on General.

Step 3: Select iPhone Storage. Scroll down to tap on the update. Then, tap on Delete Update.

delete update

Method 4: Eliminate unknown bugs on iPhone via TunesKit iOS System Recovery

Have you considered if the iOS 17 stuck on preparing update problem caused by system issues after so many attempts but no dice? To successfully upgrade to iOS 17 and get rid of preparing update, you have to fix those unknown system issues on your iPhone.

Choosing a professional system repair tool, like TunesKit iOS System Recovery, can be a great option, as these kinds of tools specialize in fixing iOS system issues. By using TunesKit iOS System Recovery, you can fix the unknown issues on iPhone to get rid of certain dilemma without data loss, including iOS update stuck on preparing update, iOS update paused, iOS update not showing up, etc. The latest iOS version and iPhone models are available for TunesKit iOS System Recovery. No additional skills required. With the comprehensive guide from TunesKit, all of you can easily fix the iOS system issues by yourselves.

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Now, let's take a look at what steps you should follow to fix iPhone stuck on iOS 17 preparing update process via TunesKit iOS System Recovery.

Step 1 Connect iPhone

Ahead of clicking iOS System Repair to deal with iOS 17 preparing update, use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the PC. Once your iPhone is detected, select Other Problems showing on the left. And click Start.

connect iphone to PC

Step 2 Select repair mode

Click Standard Repair. This repair mode can fix most of the average issues on iOS system and comes with no data loss. If this one does not work on your iPhone, you can use the alternative repair mode - Deep Repair, which can handle complex iOS issues, however, it will cause data loss. Before using the Deep Repair to fix system issues, please back up your data.

select standard mode

Step 3 Download firmware package

Your iPhone's info, like the iOS version, iPhone model, is already detected by TunesKit iOS System Recovery. Check them carefully. Next, click the Download button to get the firmware package, and wait for its verification. After that, click the Repair button. It will start fixing bugs.

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Method 5: Update iOS via iTunes

iTunes is an additional way to update iOS. By connecting the iPhone to the latest iTunes, you can update to the latest iOS version (beta version may be excluded) and without being stuck on preparing update process. Here is the guide showing you how to check for update via iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to iTunes.

Step 2: You can see a small iPhone icon on the interface when iPhone is detected by iTunes. Click on it.

Step 3: Click Summary. And select Check for Update.

check for update via itunes

Part 3: Conclusion

Apple Server, network, iPhone storage, system issues are the main reasons causing the iOS 17 stuck on preparing update. And from this post, using the professional system repair tool - TunesKit iOS System Recovery, is the most effective way to fix those unknown system issues on iPhone. If you want to learn about other aspects of this tool, please contact us!

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