How to Fix iOS 16 Stuck on Update Requested (Works on 16.5 and 16.6)

Most users face problems when updating their iOS device; they report errors like ‘Update Requested’ but never actually receive the update even after the official push of the update on all iOS devices. The problem is even more severe with iOS 16 as with the hype; many users are trying to update their devices to the latest iOS 16 version. Because of this, many users are facing issues with iOS 16 Stuck on Update Requested on iPhones and iPads.

The iPhone and iPad have become prevalent devices over the last decade due to Apple’s marketing. Their device features have always attracted customers. The iOS platform has created an excellent ecosystem for Apple users that is very user-friendly and keeps the trend always going with its latest software updates even for some of the older devices around 6 years old or so.

The user must download the update from the ‘Update Software’ section from the general settings to keep the software up-to-date. The updates are optional and the update version is mentioned along with a download and install button.

How to Fix iOS 16 Stuck on Update Requested on iPhone and iPad

How to Fix iOS 16 Stuck on Update Requested on iPhone and iPad

In this article, we shall guide you on how to solve this issue so that you can update to the latest iOS version on your Apple device and enjoy all the new features Apple is rolling out for their devices.

Method 1: Check internet connection

iOS updates will not be pushed out to devices with poor network connections, therefore check the strength of the network connection. Also, the updates are usually 2-4GB in size, so make sure you have good bandwidth to download the update as well.

Method 2: Reboot your iOS device

As we all know, rebooting your Apple device can fix minor bugs such as a frozen screen, an app that does not open, and so on. It’s the safest and easiest troubleshooting method to fix the issue you are facing. In this case, rebooting the iOS device might give the new update right away after the restart.

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To restart your iPhone, you must hold down the home button and the side button of the device simultaneously until they see the Apple logo appear on the device, they should let go of the buttons when the logo appears, this will reboot the device.

Method 3: Reset network settings

If turning off Airplane mode or switching networks does not solve the issue, it is better to reset the network settings of the Apple device. To do that we must

  • Open Settings, and head over to General Settings.
  • Here choose the reset option, and finally, select the Reset Network Settings.
  • Your device passcode will be requested.
  • Wait for the setting to finish up, and re-enter your Wi-Fi password to connect to the network.

Method 4: Set the date & time of the device

Wrong date & time of the iOS device may push out the update for the device very late as well. To fix this, we must set the date & time of the device according to our region.

For example – if the user is located in the UK, the time zone must be set as GMT+1. This automatically sets the time to that of UK and pushes out the update of the device as expected.

Method 5: Delete downloaded apps

Sometimes, the update file is already downloaded in the background but fails to install due to some technical errors. To fix this, the following steps must be followed –

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Choose the General Settings option.
  • Select iPhone Storage.
  • Select the iOS update file.
  • Delete the existing update and confirm it.
  • Re-download the update to install it.

Method 6: Reset all device settings to default

The device might be misbehaving regarding some settings that we as users might not be sure of, to avoid the hassle of going through all the applications and settings present in the device, we can simply reset all the settings to default and quite possibly fix the issue we are facing.

To reset all device settings back to default, we must do the following:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Choose the General Settings option.
  • Select Reset > Reset all settings.
  • Enter the passcode of the device and confirm the setting again.

Method 7: Update via iTunes on a desktop or mac

If all the above methods fail, we as users can try one last solution to update the iOS version of the device. With iTunes, you can easily update your iPhone and even take a backup as well. All you would need is access to a PC or a Mac device.

  • Install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows desktop or mac.
  • Open iTunes and connect your iOS device with a type-A to lighting cable.
  • Select the device tab, choose summary and click the check for update button.
  • In case the update is found, then choose the option to update it.

Method 8: Wait and Try again

If all the above solutions have been tried by the user and none of them seem to do the trick, we request you to wait. Apple is a marketing leading company and has many users using the iOS platform and thus is not able to push out the update to everyone all at once.

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Their servers might be overloaded due to the number of people trying. In the end, everyone will be receiving the update from the settings one way or the other.


This brings us to the end of this guide for fixing iOS 16 Stuck on Update Requested on iPhone and iPad. Please note that such issues are mostly temporary and will go away if you try back again in 15 -30 minutes. The above methods should be able to help you out, but if not, then you can always vising the Genius bar or contact Apple care.

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