iOS 12.3.1/ iOS 12.3 Update Stuck at ‘Update Requested’ on iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/7/6S/6/SE/5S: Here’s fix

Unable to download new iOS 12 on your iPhone for OTA update, Download status showing Update requested. And continue appearing this message. This is the usual stage before download starts, but technically apple set this message because of getting little more wait for the device that is requesting for New iOS 12 download under Software update on iPhone, iPad settings app.

Why iPhone showing “Update stuck at update requested..” message or ios 12.1 update stuck on estimating time remaining? New iOS always release WorldWide at the same time. Apparently, Apple server receives vast spike and update request in the parallel queue. After confirming the terms and Conditions agree then Your OTA (over-the-air) iOS 12 updates stuck at update requested.

[For iOS 12: iOS 12 Update Stuck at “Update Requested” on iPhone, iPad.]

It’s a common problem on the day of release. iOS 12 compatible Device: iPhone XS Max, XS, XR,X, 88 Plus, 77 Plus6S6S Plus66 Plus, SE, and 5S.

So can’t download iOS 12 on your iDevice (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). So here’s what should you do to get rid of phone stuck or in a loop on update requested – Unable to start download iOS 12.

Reasons to be considered and fix Update Stuck at update requested…, in iOS 12: iPhone, iPad


Make sure latest iOS version is (iOS 12) released with Home app bug fixes, Camera focus fix.

Fix 1: Soft Restart or Hard Reset

Try to reset your iPhone once or Force Restart, Reset: Press and hold Sleep/Wake button until you see a slide to turn off icon.

For iPhone 8 Plus/8 Plus/ iPhone X/ XS Max/ XS/ XR users:

1: Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button, 2: Press and Quickly Release Volume Down Button, 3: Press and Hold Side Button until you see the Apple logo on Screen. To Start iPhone, Again press Side button until the startup apple logo on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone XS max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR when Face id disabled

For Hard Reset (iPhone 6S/6S Plus and Earlier model): Press and Hold Sleep/Wake button and Home button for 20 seconds until you see the apple logo on the screen.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus users: Use Sleep/Wake + Volume down button

Fix 2: Wi-Fi not Working or Slow Internet Speed

Disable or Enable WiFi on iPhone from Settings or Control center (Swipe up finger on Screen and Tap on WiFi icon). Or Go to the Settings > WiFi. 2 WiFi on iPhone settings Disable WiFi and Enable WiFi.

3 Enable Disable WiFi on iPhone in iOS 11 Also, Reset Network Settings, Go to the Settings App on iPhone > General > Reset.

1 Reset Network Settings on iPhone in iOS 11 Under Reset > Tap on Reset Network Settings

Fix 3: iOS 12 Software Update Failed

Anyhow, Download not started and irritating the things that are happening on install iOS 12 Try alternate installation solution, Install iOS using iTunes on iPhone, iPad. Or Try clean install by Download Latest Firmware for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Connect your iPhone to iTunes via lightning cable, Put iPhone into DFU mode and Browse .ipsw file and restore iPhone. Also Gettings error on installation,

Sit back and enjoy! It will faster than OTA update, and without any error, we can install iOS 11, iOS 12 or later iOS version.

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