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Error Installing iOS 15

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Error Installing iOS 15? It will most likely be that Apple’s servers are currently melting due to the amount of iOS 15 updates it’s trying to push and handle simultaneously. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re one of the biggest tech giants in the world, rolling out updates is kind of a big deal.

Sometimes, your iPhone will be stuck in an eternal loop of failure due to an update failing part-way through. This can be fixed by restarting your device, but sometimes it doesn’t, and that’s a big issue.

Error Installing iOS 15

Error Installing iOS 15

Don’t sweat it, here are some easy-to-follow steps to get your iPhone updated to iOS 15. We would recommend following these steps in order, but if you’re 100% certain you know what the error installing iOS 15 is, go for it.

Try Again

Error Installing iOS 15 - Try Again

Restart your iPhone, this will flush out any temporary memory files clogging up your handset. Turn it back on, wait ten minutes for the update to successfully push to your device then go to Settings > General > Software Update. This normally fixes the error installing iOS 15 issues, but if it doesn’t see the next step.

Try Again Tomorrow

Error Installing iOS 15

We’re being completely serious. Big iOS launches can cripple Apple’s servers for a day or two, making it tough to get an iOS 15 download to start, never mind complete. Failing this, perform the next step.

Update Via PC/Mac

Error Installing iOS 15 - Update Via PC/Mac

Remember when we had to do this with every update for every device? Great times. But seriously, plug in your iPhone to a USB port on a PC and Mac, then open up iTunes or Finder respectively and hit that lovely update button against your iPhone.

Download The .IPSW File

Error Installing iOS 15

This is the last option to updating your iPhone. Before starting, disable ‘Find my iPhone’ and backup and files, contacts, and other data you’ll need to reinstate. Next, download the .IPSW file that corresponds to your iPhone model below and open it on said iPhone to install the update. For instructions on clean installs via PC/Mac, read on. 

Clean Install

Error Installing iOS 15

Follow the bullet points below to clean install iOS 15 onto your iPhone. Again, make sure to turn off ‘Find my iPhone’ and backup your device before continuing:

  • Connect iPhone to PC/Mac and open iTunes or Finder respectively
  • Click on the ‘Restore Button’ when it appears next to your device, but hold down the left option key on Mac or left shift on Windows.
  • Find the relevant .IPSW file above and save it to your desktop, then select this file in the new window that pops up from the restore.
  • Sit back and let iTunes or Finder complete the restore. It’s going to take a while, so stick the kettle on. Once complete, you’ll have a fresh install and can set your device up as usual.

Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.