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How to Fix iPhone Freezing after Updating iOS 16

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iOS device users are happy during the release of the latest operating system version because it provides new features and improvements.  But their joy is short-lived because their iPhone gets stuck on an update or freezes during the process.

Usually, the iPhone freezing problem happens in almost all updates, including iOS 16.  Besides getting stuck until the update process is over, your iPhone might get the black screen of death, stuck on recovery mode or the apple logo, boot loop, and much more.

If you’re here because of that, this article will show you how to fix iPhone freezing after updating iOS 16.  Let’s get started.

Fix iPhone 10/11/12 Keep Freezing after Updating iOS 16 with D-Back iOS Recovery Tool

A progress bar appears when you update your iPhone 10/11/12 to iOS16 to show the installation progress.  It’s expected that the iOS update will take longer when the device has large files or data.  However, you should be worried when one hour passes, yet the progress bar has not moved.  Most likely, your iPhone is stuck, and you need to fix the problem.

iMyFone D-Back is one of the best iPhone data recovery software on the market.  The application can assist you in unfreezing your iPhone within 10 minutes.

Here is how you can get started.

Step 1: Launch the iMyFone D-Back on your computer.

Step 2: Select “Fix iOS System” from the main window.

Step 3: Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4: Select your preferred mode based on your situation, i.e., standard Mode, Enter/Exit Recovery Mode, or Advanced Mode.

Step 5: Click on install/update the latest iTunes version when it prompts you.  Your iPhone will restart in a normal mode; if not, repeat the process or switch to another mode to unfreeze your iPhone.

Why is My iPhone 10/11/12 Keep Freezing after Updating iOS 16?

There are many reasons why your iPhone freezes when updating to iOS 16.  Some of the common ones include:

  • Insufficient storage space can affect your iPhone performance and contribute to unpredictable behavior, such as freezing.
  • An unstable network connection can cause your device to freeze when updating to the latest version.
  • Overheating can cause the firmware not to download normally and your iPhone to freeze.
  • System error or corrupted app can cause a static display of the Apple logo with a loading bar.

Other Ways to Fix My iPhone Screen Freezing after Updating iOS 16

You can tell when your iPhone 10/11/12 is stuck when updating to the iOS 16 version because the progress bar is either not moving or is moving very slowly.  Just press any button, and when you see an updating message, the process is still ongoing, but if the device is stuck on the Apple logo, you have to fix the problem.

The following methods will help you fix a frozen iPhone screen problem.

Force Restart Your Device

Based on the model of your iPhone, press and hold the volume button and the side button on the right side of your device until you see the power-off slider.  Drag the slider, and your device will turn off within 30 seconds.  Next, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears, then release the button.

Update/ Restore Your iPhone in Recovery Mode

Sometimes the force restart method might not fix the screen freezing problem when updating to iOS 16.  You can solve this issue by restoring your iPhone in Recovery Mode.  First, put your device in Recovery Mode.  Next, update/restore it through iTunes.  However, you have to ensure you have the latest iTunes version.

Step 1: Connect your device to a computer using a USB cable and run iTunes.

Step 2 Force restart your device to set it to Recovery Mode.

Step 3: Click on the “Update” button when prompted to update or restore.  The restore option will erase your device.

Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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