iPhone Automatic Updates Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix!

You want your iPhone to update itself automatically, but something’s not working. iOS 12 introduced a new “Automatic Updates” feature which allows your iPhone to download and install the latest updates on its own. In this article, I’ll explain why iPhone automatic updates are not working and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Make Sure Automatic Updates Is Turned On

You have to manually turn on Automatic Updates before your iPhone will automatically download and install new versions of iOS. First, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> Automatic Updates. Then, tap the switch next to Automatic Updates. You’ll know Automatic Updates is on when the switch is green.

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Automatic Updates is one of many new iOS 12 features, so make sure your iPhone is up to date!

Plug Your iPhone Into A Charger

Your iPhone won’t automatically download iOS updates when it isn’t charging. Make sure your iPhone is charging using a Lightning cable or a wireless charging pad (iPhone 8 or newer models). Check out our other article if your iPhone isn’t charging!

Connect Your iPhone To Wi-Fi

Your iPhone has to be connected to Wi-Fi before it will automatically download new iOS updates. To connect to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, go to Settings -> Wi-Fi. Make sure there’s a check mark next to the name of your Wi-Fi network at the top of the screen.

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If no Wi-Fi network has been selected, or if you want to connect to a different Wi-Fi network, tap on it in the list below Choose A Network.

Check out our other article if you’re having trouble connecting your iPhone to Wi-Fi.

Apple Servers May Be Too Busy

Although it’s uncommon, it’s possible iPhone automatic updates are not working because Apple’s servers are experiencing a lot of traffic. Sometimes Apple’s servers can slow down or crash entirely when too many iPhone users are trying to download an update at the same time.

Check out Apple’s System Status page and make sure everything is working properly. If you see that a lot of Apple systems are having trouble at the moment, you may have to wait a little while longer before you can update your iPhone.

Updates On Automatic!

You’ve fixed the problem and now you’re iPhone is downloading the latest iOS update on its own. Now you’ll know exactly what to do next time iPhone automatic updates are not working! Leave any other questions you have about your iPhone down below in the comments section.

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1 month ago

I have been having iPhone since it first released in 2007 (or 06), and I loved my iPhone so I have changed my phone every year! My iPhone has never updated on its own despite all the toggle were on. I didn’t even get any notification of new software update either. IPhone 12 Pro Max is no different and I only knew about update because of my company email letting me know i needed to do IOS update otherwise both work & personal iPhone would get update a month later!! Plz do not ask if I have turned those toggle… Read more »

Jimmy Mulhollan
2 months ago

I’ve got a brand new iPhone 12 pro max. It is set to automatically update, WiFi is enabled and good. Phone is on charger all night. Won’t update. My old phone did so just fine. The new one has failed every night this week. Your advice here is okay, but it doesn’t resolve the problem for a new iPhone 12. There’s a deeper issue at play.

Liam Shotwell
2 months ago

Are you sure you aren’t already on the latest update? Is your Internet connection stable? At absolute worst case you can try a DFU Restore to see if you can correct something at the system level and try again. Just keep in mind you’ll need to back up your data before doing this.

Jim Douglas
2 months ago

Automatic updates doesn’t work on iPhone 12 despite all the things advised being correct

M Johnston
3 months ago

My iPhone 10x has automatic updates has never worked. I’ve turned it off, rebooted, turned it back on, still nothing. No idea how to fix it but it’s really annoying. Does your phone have to be off to do the updates? Because I don’t turn mine off at night.

Tovi Butcher
3 months ago

I have a new iPhone 12 Mac Pro and it will not do the automatics IOS updates even though all settings are correct. I’ve had an iPhone. Since inception and this feature has NEVER worked. When will this be fixed?

B Harris
4 months ago

My iPhone SE2020 will not update automatically even with auto settings checked

4 months ago

Same here, iPhone 11 has never auto updated despite all setting as described in this article being correct.

7 months ago

auto update……not

Abhinav Kumar
8 months ago

Automatic Updates are a failure.
The phone never updates automatically running iPhoneXS

7 months ago
Reply to  Abhinav Kumar

same for me my iphone 8 has all features turned on but has never auto updated !

Jason M
9 months ago

sAme here, won’t update even with its all those items verified on any of my iOS devices. I have 3 iPhones, 2 ipads

Rozanne Perera
9 months ago

I’m using i phone 6+ Ver.10.2.1 not wanting to slow down my old phone, i avoided updating the ISO. Is there a way I could use an older version so that I could update the youtube since you tube cannot be updated.

9 months ago

On iOS 13.4.1, Automatic Updates includes the following blurb:

Automatically install software updates overnight after they have been downloaded.

(Emphasis added). I believe you must first manually download the update before it will be applied automatically. The only other option I see is that Apple waits for the flood of manual updates to subside before starting automatic updates. I’m waiting to see if iOS 13.5 will ever update on its own (released on 20 MAY 2020).

Kulvinder Kumar
1 year ago

Automatic update is not showing in my iphone 6s plus.
Please advise what i have to do?

1 year ago

Set to VA auto update but doesn’t work. So what’s the problem??

Susan Meeker-Lowry
2 years ago

Sane thing with the most recent iOS update. Auto update does not work on my iPhone 8. I had to manually update last time. Same thing now. Very frustrating. WiFi on, phone plugged in, auto update activated. Excellent WiFi too.

Angela Cina
2 years ago

This DOES NOT fix anything. Waste of my time.

Richard J Badali
2 years ago

I have followed all the steps and it still does not update automatically. Must do it manually.

Susan Meeker-Lowry
2 years ago

I’ve done all this and it still won’t update. I have to do it manually.