iOS 11 has rolled out few months ago, when the iPhone 6s and iPhones 6s plus variants were launched back in September. iPhone 4s and the above generations started receiving this iOS iteration right away, though the developer preview was in the open for downloading by the more enthusiast users.

Software Update Failed

If you hadn’t downloaded back then, probably you were waiting for the official update released by Apple to avoid any hassle and complication, and this ‘Software Update Failed’ while attempting to update showed up had killed your mental tranquility.

How to Fix Software Update Failed iPhone Error

The good side is, you are not entirely alone. Many people who had been attempting to update to iOS 11 has received this error. Here are some of the errors that can be fixed with this guide:

  • Unable to Verify Update error.
  • Update failed because you are no longer connected to the internet.
  • Software update failed – An error occurred downloading iOS 11.

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Fix iOS software update failed error on iPhone

We have compiled few solution that might put an error to this issue and let you update your iPhone to iOS 11; You can try them to fix the Software update failed issue on your device.

Check the Battery Percentile

To update an iPhone to the latest version of iOS, it is already recommended to have a battery level above 65%. Not that the whole battery drains out during software update, the margin is barely above 15% at most. Yet, having more than 65% ensures there’s no risk of power running out in the middle of an update and not bricking the device. Even at cases, 65% might not stand as sufficient. However, if you keep getting the error, consider plugging the iPhone in for few hours, pull up the battery level to 100% and try again.

Check Internet Connection

Is the iPhone being able to connect to the download servers of Apple? Your internet service provider could be blocking certain ports to restrict access which could result into interrupted connection between an iPhone and the OTA update servers of Apple. Ask your network admin or ISP personnel for a solution in their end.

Update your iPhone using iTunes

After this error has showed up, many people reported the update was carried out very successfully using iTunes. No further error has showed up, only having the battery sufficiently charged and internet connectivity were the only options. If you have access to a specific data cable for your iPhone and your computer with iTunes installed in it, give updating through your computer a try.

iOS 11 Key Features

iOS 11 has brought few new features to the Apple realm – they aren’t entirely brand new for the Android users, but iOS haven’t had such features in the near past.

  • Low Power Mode: This mode offers as long as three more hours to any iPhone. When the battery percentile is below 10%-20%, the Low Power Mode will automatically be triggered depending on your settings and few modifications to the system will be done – lowered display brightness, halt background processes, limited push notifications etc.
  • Back Button: Hitting the new Back button on the top left corner of any apps will now lead the Apple users to the last app they had opened. This simple feature was available in Android all these years, however it’s a new one in Apple.
  • Split View: In the newest of iOS release, users now get to experience split-screen multitasking like some Android counterparts. Though this feature is currently offered in bigger screen iPads only, yet it’s released.
  • New Siri tricks: Siri in the iPhone 6s works even when the phone’s display is turned off. Siri now does better and newer tricks in Apple Safari, Mail and Messages.

Conclusion: Resolving the Software Update Failed error isn’t very difficult if you follow this guideline – enjoy your new iOS 11.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.