Updates on iOS devices are usually easy affairs and it usually follows Apple’s “It just works” philosophy. But unfortunately, there are times that it just doesn’t work as intended and just causes a lot of frustration. A lot of users have been reporting that their iPhones and iPads were getting stuck at the “Updating iCloud Settings” screen. If you are one of these unlucky users, then this article is surely going to help you out.
Today we are going to take a look at why your iOS device gets stuck here and what you can do to fix it. This will even work for older iOS devices like the iPhone 6 and 5s. Ready? Let’s get started.
- 1 What is this Error?
- 2 How to Fix the “Updating iCloud Settings” Error?
- 3 Final Take
What is this Error?
Usually, after completing an update, the iOS device will restart automatically and then ask you to enter your Apple ID and password. After you do that, you will be shown the “Updating iCloud Settings” screen and this usually lasts for a few minutes. Unfortunately, sometimes the iPhone or the iPad will get stuck there. This error occurs after you update iOS, try to set up your device or restore backups. It can occur on any device running iOS.
Why Does the iPhone gets stuck at Updating iCloud Settings?
This issue can be caused by a user error, a connection error, an Apple server error or a software error. User error occurs when a user accidentally interrupts the update process by (for example) switching off the iOS device in the middle of the update. It can also occur if the Apple servers are down or if your Internet connection is unstable or slow. The “Updating iCloud Settings” error can also be caused by iOS update bugs. In some cases, a low battery level or storage space can cause this issue to rear its ugly head.
How to Fix the “Updating iCloud Settings” Error?
You can fix this issue easily and you can save yourself a trip to the service center. However, make sure that you wait at least 90 minutes before attempting these fixes. Sometimes, the backup files can be too large and it can take some time. Also, make sure that the Apple servers are doing fine by checking out this link. With that out of the way, let’s jump into it.
Method 1: Skip “Updating iCloud Settings” Screen
This is one of the most popular and it is the fastest method to get out of this issue. Skipping the sign-in process means that you won’t ever have to get to the “Updating iCloud Settings” screen and you won’t face this issue.
- Restart your iOS device.
- When it asks you to enter your iCloud password, just skip it by pressing Cancel.
- Confirm and you can use your device without issues.
Method 2: Restarting/ Force Restarting Your Device
A lot of people would recommend a restart as the first thing someone has to do if they run into problems on their device. This method may be ignored by most but you’d be surprised to know that this has worked for a lot of users. You can read all about restarting your iOS device here.
A force restart is the best way to fix a software issue. It goes a bit deeper than a normal restart and we recommend it in case your iOS device gets stuck. There are different ways to do a force restart on different iOS devices.
Force restarting iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPad with FaceID, and newer devices:
Press and release the Volume Up button immediately. Do the same for the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button (Top button for iPad) until you see the Apple logo.
Force restarting iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button together until the device shuts down and the Apple logo appears.
Force restarting iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad with Home button, and older devices:
Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (Top button for iPad) and the Home button simultaneously until the device restarts and the Apple logo appears.
Method 3: Charge Your Device and Clear Space
Your device needs a lot of battery during updates. Plugin your device for an hour or so to make sure that it has enough charge and try again.
Low storage space can have an effect on your device’s performance. The recent update might have taken a toll on the space too and that’s why we recommend that you clear the junk files on your device.
Method 3: Check Your Internet Connection
Make sure that your Internet is working fine. There have been a lot of times when slow or unstable Internet caused this issue. A good way to check it is by connecting other devices to your WiFi. If your connection has issues, then restart the router.
Method 4: Update Using iTunes
If you’re still having issues, then this issue can only be fixed by reinstalling iOS. Don’t worry, if you follow these instructions, there won’t be any data loss. You need a computer, the latest version of iOS and a fast Internet.
- Open up iTunes (or Finder if you’re running Catalina).
- Connect the device to the computer and force restart your device. However, don’t let go of the power button even after the Apple logo appears and only let go only after the recovery screen appears on your device.
- iTunes will detect that your device is in recovery mode.
- You’ll be asked to Update or Restore your device. Hit Update and the latest version of iOS will be installed without any data loss.
That’s all you need to know about the “updating iCloud settings” error. We hope that you found this article helpful and you don’t have to deal with this pesky annoyance and frozen screens anymore. If you have any doubts about the methods or any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments section down below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.