ios 9 software update failed

Many users trying to update to iOS 9 are reporting various errors, including the most common: Software Update Failed. An error occurred downloading iOS 9. We understand it can be very frustrating, but unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it at this time.

The reality is that thousands, if not millions of people are currently trying to download iOS 9, slamming Apple’s servers, and causing those errors you see.

Sure, by now Apple should have figured out how to avoid that recurring problem. Just like they should figure out how to properly handle the online Apple Store on pre-order day. But unfortunately, it seems it is something that even the most successful company in the world can’t get done.

Because there is currently nothing you can do about this but wait it out, here is what you could do in the meantime:

  • go outside and fill your Apple Watch rings
  • stand up and go drink some water
  • clean up your office
  • make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • call your mom
  • write a love letter to Jeff
  • find some awesome deals to share with Cody
  • tell Lory how much you appreciate her app reviews
  • thank Christian for the neat tutorials he’s been writing lately
  • reassure me by telling me my French accent is not that scary
  • thanks Jim for finding these beautiful wallpapers for you every Sunday
  • tell Timothy he made the right choice with his iPhone 6s Plus

Anything else you can think about doing during this painful waiting game? Chime in below.

  • Eikast

    That’s why it’s always best to install the GM in advance. I’m mostly disappointed about WatchOS2. That’s the main reason why I gave up my JB before the release of the 6s/6s+.

  • AngryDingo

    Download the ipsw when available and update locally.

  • iNeedANameHere

    Plugging in directly through iTunes via usb worked for me. If you’re getting this error I recommend trying it before the iTunes servers get slammed too.

    • I always do this too. It’s also worth pointing out that in the past jailbreaking software has had problems jailbreaking devices that have been updated OTA. If you want to jailbreak your device in the future it’s best to update / restore it in iTunes rather than OTA.

  • fernando rivera

    If you download on Mac is ok

  • Andres

    Just finished in iTunes on a Mac and worked perfectly fine

  • Error message should explain the situation.

    • Agreed. There’s nothing I hate more than using software and seeing this:

      “An Error Occurred – Insert Generic Error Message Here”.

      The message should make it clear what’s wrong. Can’t connect to the Apple servers? Then it should just say that…

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    i always dfu restore anyways

  • hkgsulphate

    you must be too excited for iOS 9 LOL

  • Better error message:

  • Past0rB

    Use iTunes. Mine is updating as I type this.

  • Bruce Motta

    Chill > DL’s fast from ur Mac

  • Mac

    I was facing same issue. resolved by turnoff FindMyIpad

  • igorsky

    Updating an hour later and all is fine. Patience is a virtue.

  • I wrote Jeff a love letter last time there was a major update. He blocked me. 🙁 Frankly I would just download the file off a secondary site, plenty have it up already. Then just do the shift hold/update in iTunes, done!

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Your French acsent is not scary. After listening to it for so long I learned how to listen to French people better:

  • GDD2010

    Hence when updating to a new version of iOS. Never, EVER do OTA. Always backup and update via your computer. OTA update to new iOS has historically created problems for revision updates (9.0.1, etc.,..). After hardline update, then revision updates tend to be safe.

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