iOS 16 Update Not Showing Up in Settings? How to Fix

Posted on July 2, 2022 - By Fucosoft | Follow YouTube, Twitter to Get More Information.

Apple recently announced the release of the iOS 16 update and users expect that it will bring a lot of cool new features. Some of the features you can expect to enjoy when you install iOS 16 include the new Lock Screen controls such as the lock screen gallery and lock screen editing among many other cool new features.

But some people have complained that the new iOS 16 update is not showing up in the settings and they are therefore unable to update their iPhones. In this guide, we will be looking at some of the best ways to fix this iOS update not showing up problem.

Why Is iOS 16 Update Not Showing Up?

There are several reasons why the iOS 16 update is not appearing in your iPhone’s settings. But the following are the most common;

  • The public version of iOS 16 has not been released yet. So, unless you are part of the Apple Developer’s Program, you may not see the update.
  • Your iPhone is incompatible with the iOS 16 update. Only iPhone 8 or later can get this new update.
  • The network your iPhone is connected to is weak or not working properly.
  • The Apple servers may be down and your iPhone may not be able to communicate with them effectively.

How to Fix iOS 16 Update Not Showing Up

The following are some of the best solutions that you can implement when the iOS 16 update fails to show up in your iPhone’s settings;

1. Check Device Compatibility

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your iPhone is compatible with the iOS 16 update. Your device is only compatible if it is on this list;

  • iPhone SE (2nd Generation or later)
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max

Please note that iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 devices will not be compatible with iOS 16 or any other version of iOS that Apple will release in the future.

2. Check Apple Servers

You will also be unable to download the files needed to update the iPhone if the Apple servers are down or not working properly.

Therefore, if your iPhone is compatible with the new iOS 16 update but you are still unable to update the device to the latest version, you may want to go to Apple System Status page to check the status of the Apple Update Servers.

check apple system status

If the servers are down, there is nothing you can do on your end other than simply wait for the servers to come back online so you can install the iOS 16 update.

3. Check & Reset Network Connection

An unstable network connection or issues with the network settings on your iPhone will also prevent you from installing the iOS 16 update OTA. The best way to resolve these issues is to reset the network settings on your device.

While resetting the network settings will not affect any of the data on your iPhone, you may have to reconfigure any network settings you have, including re-entering the Wi-Fi passwords. Save your Wi-Fi password somewhere safe and then follow these steps;

  • Open the Settings app and then tap on the “General” app.
  • Tap on “Transfer and Reset iPhone.”
  • Choose “Reset Network Settings” and enter the device’s passcode when prompted.

reset network settings iphone

Once the process is complete, connect the iPhone to your Wi-Fi network and try to update the device to iOS 16 again.

4. Remove iOS 16 Beta Profile

You may also be unable to update the iPhone to the iOS 16 public release if you haven’t removed the iOS 16 beta profile from the device. Follow these steps to remove the iOS 16 Beta profile from your device;

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and then go to General > VPN & Device Management.
  • Select the iOS beta profile under “Configuration Profile” and then tap “Remove Profile.”
  • Restart the device and then try to update it again in the settings.

remove ios 16 beta profile

5. Force Restart Your iPhone

If you are still unable to update the iPhone, it is time to consider a software problem that could be causing the issue. One of the easiest ways to remove these software issues is to force restart the device. Here’s how to do it;

  • Press and quickly let go of the Volume Up button. Repeat the process on the Volume Down button.
  • Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
  • Allow the device to restart and then go back to the settings to see if you can update it.

force restart iphone

6. Update iOS 16 with iTunes/Finder Instead

If you are still unable to update the iPhone via settings, you can connect it to your computer and try to update the device with iTunes or Finder. Here’s how this process works;

  • Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. If you are using a Mac, make sure that you have the latest version of macOS.
  • Connect the iPhone to the computer using a lightning cable and when prompted, “Trust this Computer.”
  • On Windows PC, open iTunes and select the iPhone. Click on the “Summary” tab and then click on the “Check for Update” button to install the iOS 16 update.

update iphone via itunes

If you are using a Mac, open Finder and select the iPhone in the sidebar. Click on the “General” tab and then select “Check for Update.”

7. One-Stop Solution to Fix iOS 16 Update Not Showing Up

If all the solutions above don’t work, there may be a serious problem with the iOS system. One of the best ways to fix these problems is to use a system repair tool like Fucosoft iOS System Recovery. It can repair most iOS system issues without affecting the data on the device. Follow these simple steps to use it;

Step 1: Download and install Fucosoft iOS System Recovery on your computer. It is available for both Windows and Mac.


Step 2: Open it after installation, click “Start” and then use USB cable to connect the iPhone to the computer. Choose “Standard Repair” to continue.

tenorshare reiboot

Step 3: You will be prompted to download the latest firmware for the device. Click “Download” to get the firmware.

download firmware

Step 4: When the download is complete, click on “Start Standard Repair” to begin fixing the iPhone. The program will notify you when the repair is complete.

start standard repair

The Bottom Line

Updating your iPhone to the latest iOS version is not just a great way to get new features, but it is also very important as introduces security patches that are meant to protect your device and the data on it from outside influences. Now you have a number of solutions that can help if the iOS 16 update not showing up in settings and you are unable to update the device normally.