Fix “Unable to Check for Update” error on iPhone or iPad

Unable to Check for Update Message on iPhone

Nothing is perfect and when it comes to updating software on your device, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. If you’ve been trying to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version and are receiving an error, here are a couple of things you can try.

The error message

Are you seeing the error message in the screenshot below that says “Unable to Check for Update. An error occurred while checking for a software update.”?

Unable to Check for Update Error iPhone

Here are two things you can do to fix it.

Try a different Wi-Fi network

Tap Try Again on the same network. If you’re still having trouble and are able to connect to a different wi-fi network, you can try the update again there.

1) Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi.

2) Tap to select a different network and enter the password if prompted.

Connect Different Wi-Fi Network iPhone

Then go back to Settings > General > Software Update and try again.

Use iTunes to update your device

Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer and then follow these steps to update your device.

1) Connect your device to your computer.

2) Select your device in iTunes.

3) On the Summary pane, click Check for Update.

4) Click Download and Update.

Wrapping it up

There’s nothing more aggravating than receiving an error message when you’re trying to update software. Hopefully one of these two fixes will work for you.

Have you run into this problem before or even recently? Did you use one of these methods to update your iPhone to the current iOS version? Let us know if you have additional tips to share in the comments below!