Unable to Verify Update iOS 16? 6 Solutions Offered Here

Unable to Verify Update iOS 16

iOS 16 just launched and you are super excited to install it and check out all the new features but your iPhone won’t install it. You keep getting error messages saying: “ Unable to Verify Update. iOS 16 failed verification because you are no longer connected to the internet.” You have no idea what’s going on or how to fix it.

Here you’ll learn exactly what you can do to get this issue resolved. With this article, you’ll be able to use the new iOS version on your iPhone in no time! The solutions offered in this article also help if you get the same problem when updating to newer versions in the future.

Why does my iPhone keep saying “Unable to Verify Update”?

There could be a couple of reasons why your iPhone might be telling you that it is unable to verify an update. The first reason could be that your iPhone may be having a bad connection to the internet at the moment that you are trying to do your update, just as the pop-up says. Another reason could be that the system sometimes gets stuck in the background process. Besides, it could also be an issue with the software file you’ve downloaded.

It’s hard to tell the exact reason why this may be happening. Don’t worry though, below you’ll find a few different methods to help pinpoint a solution to whatever it is that’s causing you this issue. Read on to get help.


What do I do if my iPhone is unable to verify update iOS 16?

Here you will learn 6 solutions to troubleshoot the problem of “iOS 16 failed verification”.

1. Force restart the Settings app or iPhone

If you’re having trouble updating to iOS 16, the first thing you can do to try to get things working again is to force restart your Settings app or your iPhone. To restart the app all you have to do is to open up the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen then look for the Settings app and swipe up on it to force it to close.

Close background Apps on iPhone

If after a force restart of the Settings app, iOS 16 still failed verification, try force restarting your iPhone. You have to quickly press and release the volume up button followed by the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo loads up and release.

Force restart iPhone 12

2. Delete the iOS update and try again

If a simple force restart doesn’t resolve your issue then you can try to delete the iOS update and then reinstall it to see if that will help.

  • Open up the Settings app and tap on General.
  • Tap on iPhone Storage.
  • Scroll down and find the iOS version and tap on it.
  • Tap Delete Update once then tap Delete Update again to confirm
  • Once you’ve removed the update, go back to the Settings app again and tap General 
  • Then tap on Software Update and select Download and Install to reinstall again
Delete iPhone update

3. Try another WiFi

If you’re still getting the error “Unable to Verify Update iOS 16” then it may be a network connection issue like a WiFi problem as the pop-up says.

You should check your WiFi connection to make sure everything is running okay. Try turning off your WiFi and reconnecting to it. If that doesn’t help you can also try using a different WiFi if you have another network that you can connect to. You can ask your neighbor if you can use their WiFi. If you have a friend with you then you can try to connect to their Hotspot to see if that works.

Internet connection

4. Reset all settings

Has nothing worked so far? No worries, there are still some methods you can try to bypass the “Unable to Verify Update iOS 16” error. One of those methods is to do a full reset of your iPhone’s settings and set it back to its default settings. This will eliminate the update problem caused by different settings of your iPhone.

This is very simple to do and doesn’t take long at all. It can be done in just a few minutes and then you should be good to go. So first things first you wanna go to your Settings app and tap on General then scroll down to Transfer or Reset iPhone. You wanna then tap on Reset and choose the Reset All Settings option.

Reset all settings on iPhone

5. Try again later

If resetting all settings doesn’t avoid the “iOS 16 failed verification” error, it’s possible that Apple’s server may just be busy at the moment from too many users trying to update to iOS 16 at the same time or any other technical issue that could cause a server delay. You can check the Apple system status to see whether the update-related servers are working well or not.

If this is not the case then you may just have to wait a few hours and try to update again later, like if you tried in the morning or at lunch and it didn’t work then you can retry again before you go to bed at night.

If that still doesn’t work then maybe you can wait a few days after the release date to give Apple the opportunity to fix any bugs that may be the cause of the problem. Since iOS 16 was just released there may be some issues with it for the first couple of days or so. Sometimes the simplest solution can really be to just wait and try again at a later time or date when things are running more smoothly.

6. Use your computer to update your iPhone

Your last option to work without getting the error “Unable to Verify Update iOS 16” is to use your computer to update your iPhone. You can do this either on Mac or PC; it will work with either system. This method is going to be done through iTunes on a Windows computer or Finder on Mac so please make sure to have the latest version so that you don’t run into any issues with compatibility or anything like that. Here we show you the steps for a Windows computer. Let’s get started. 

  • Open up iTunes and connect your iPhone to your PC. (iTunes usually prompts that you can update to a newer version of iOS using a pop-up.)
  • Look at the top left menu of the iTunes window and click on the phone icon.
  • Next, click the Check for Update or Update button.
  • Then iTunes will show you the latest software available for your iPhone.
  • Click on Download and Install to begin your update.
Update iPhone via iTunes

Hope all this helped. I’m sure somewhere in here you will have found a way to resolve your issue and get your phone fully updated. Enjoy the new iOS 16!

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Joel is a fan of technology. He uses both iPhone and Android phones. Being interesting in exploring new features, he likes to share his experiences on how to use the devices in a better way. Because of his enthusiasm for technology, he becomes an "expert" to fix problems with phones and computers.

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