Apple's iOS 17.3 update brought significant improvements to iPhone security, but some users reportedly run into problems when trying to download the new and improved software.
As spotted by Phone Arena, complaints have been received from both Redditors and members of the Apple community regarding pop-ups in iOS 17.3 that block downloads. Specifically, the popup says: “Unable to check for updates. iOS 17.3 is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.” Affected users will be given the option to “try again” or “remind me later.” You can
Some Reddit users claim that pressing “Retry” or simply restarting their iPhone fixed their iOS 17.3 download issue, but for many users on the forum, the method is Not successful. Redditor ShibamMandal posted his three-step workaround for anyone who encounters this frustrating download issue.
According to ShibamMandal, you need to remove the failed iOS 17.3 update from the list of apps in your iPhone's settings. To do this, go to Settings, then General, then iPhone Storage. The failed iOS 17.3 files should appear in the list of apps or at the bottom of the page. Select and delete.
Once done, force restart your iPhone. For a detailed guide on how to do this, check out our guide on how to force restart your iPhone. Here's an overview of the method:
- First, tap the volume up button.
- Then tap on the volume down button
- Finally, press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
Did you restart your iPhone? Then go back to “General” and go to “Software Update”. Try downloading iOS 17.3 again (see our guide on how to download iOS 17 if you need more information). here we go! iOS17.3 should The download will start successfully.
ShibamMandal says that you should be careful when downloading the update again to ensure your internet connection is not interrupted. In fact, it's worth double-checking your Wi-Fi connection or data signal strength, as this could be the main reason why your download didn't work in the first place.
Haven't downloaded iOS 17.3 yet? Another common issue that prevents you from downloading and installing updates is a lack of available storage space. iOS 17 is listed as approximately 1GB in size, but you'll likely need at least 2GB of free space to install it. Fortunately, freeing up this amount of space is very easy. Go to General, then iPhone Storage, and delete (or offload) an app or two.