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iPad iOS 12.1/12 Update Stuck – How to Fix

iOS 12 is finally available after waiting for a long time for many Apple fans. Just like the former iPhone software update, users can directly download and install it on their iPhone and iPad or update iOS devices via iTunes. However, not everyone can get a successful iOS update. Some people complained that their iPad stuck on iOS 12.1/12 update, including downloading the package, stuck screen when installing, software update not showing. Others also encountered problems in iTunes update. Luckily, in this article, we'll list the common iPad update issues and show you the methods to fix them completely.

Part 1: Common iPad Stuck Issues on iOS 12.1/12

OTA Update:

  • Stuck on verifying update
  • Stuck on update requested
  • Stuck on downloading software
  • Stuck on estimating time remaining
  • Stuck on preparing update
  • Stuck on install now screen

iTunes Update:

  • iPad stuck on installing
  • iPad stuck on recovery mode
  • iPad stuck on Apple logo
  • iPad stuck on extracting software
  • iPad update in iTunes takes forever
  • iPad software update failed

Part 2: How to Fix iOS 12.1/12 Update Stuck on iPad

According to our test and users' feedback, we've gathered some tips to help you fix iPad Pro/Air/Mini stuck on iOS 12 update. You can check and try them one by one to solve your problems.

1. Check the Network Connection

We know that iPhone software update requires good and stable internet connection. Thus, if your iPad stuck on downloading or installing software, there might be something wrong with the network. Check the network, restart the routers and try again.

2. Force Restart iPad

If there are some software issues that causing the problem, a force restart will always work. To force restart iPad:

Hold the Sleep button and the Home button. Now press both the buttons at the same time for almost 8–10 seconds.

After some time, the screen will go off. Keep pressing even if the screen goes off. After some time, the screen will turn on with the Apple logo on it. This means that the hard reset has been done successfully.

force restart ipad

3. Manually Update iPad in iTunes

Download the iOS 12 firmware online and save it on your computer.

Run iTunes and connect iPad to computer. Click the device icon and then select the IPSW firmware file by performing the following in iTunes:

Mac: OPTION + Click on the "Update" button in iTunes
Windows: SHIFT + Click on the 'Update' button in iTunes

Find the IPSW you've downloaded and confirm the update with it.

4. Use iTunes Alternative to Update iPad Software

Use iTunes to import the IPSW files and manually update iPad is really troublesome. Also, you can still get the same stuck problem. That's why we recommend you to try an iTunes alternative tool Tenorshare ReiBoot to fix iPad upgrade problems and get a successful upgrade. This software is designed to fix iOS 12 upgrade stuck issues and can automatically download and install iOS 12 on your device with simple click. You'll never encounter any stuck or errors during this process.

Download and install this program and then follow the steps below to fix all iOS 12 update problems on iPad quickly and completely.

Run ReiBoot on your Mac or PC and then connect iPad to computer via a USB cable. The program should detect your device automatically.

exit recovery mode

Click "Repair Operating System" and then "Start Repair", you'll see an interface like below. You need to download the iOS 12 firmware package now.

download firmware

After the firmware is downloaded successfully, click "Start Repair" to reinstall the iOS 12 software on your iPad.

repairing process
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This article has shown you the common iOS 12.1/12 update issues on iPad and introduced you 4 effective ways to fix these update problems. I hope you can get a successful iOS 12 update on your iPad after reading this post. If you still have any other problems, don't hesitate to contact us.

/ Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iPad Follow @Jenefey Aaron