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Unable to Check for Updates When Updating to iOS 14 fix.

Troubleshooting "Unable to Check for Updates" in the new iOS 14 Update.

Unable to Check for Updates occurs usually when trying to update a Jailbroken iPhone/iPad to iOS 14. When Jailbreaking, Jailbreak blocks auto-updates and OTA updates, to prevent updating your Jailbroken iPhone to avoid software problem. Which means you can’t update or restore your iPhone without erasing Jailbreak first.

Sometimes, poor network connection causes this problem. In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through all the steps to fix this problem.

For Jailbroken iPhones/iPads: 

If you have a Jailbroken iPhone, you have to Un-Jailbreak it first. Since iOS 13 had only two Jailbreak, Unc0ver jailbreak and Checkra1n Jailbreak, here is how to Un-Jailbreak your iPhone/iPad.

Unc0ver Un-Jailbreak. 

  • Lunch Unc0ver Jailbreaking app. “If it was unsigned click here to sign it through AltStore“.
  • Click on the gear icon at the top “Settings”.

    Gear icon in Unc0ver app
    Click on the gear icon in Unc0ver App
  • Enable “RestoreRS” and disable “Disable ِِAuto Updates

    Configure Settings in Unc0ver App
    Unc0ver App
  • Click “done“, and then “Re-Jailbreak“.

    Re-Jailbreak in Unc0ver App
    Unc0ver Un-jailbreak
  • Your iPhone will restart, and Jailbreak will be removed.

Checkra1n Un-Jailbreak.

  • Lunch Checkra1n Jailbreaking app.
  • Click on “Restore System“.

    Restore System Checkra1n Jailbreak
    Checkra1n Un-Jailbreak
  • Your iPhone will restart, and Jailbreak will be removed.

Now you can go to “Settings → General → Software Update”, wait for the iPhone/iPad to check for updates, and you should see iOS 14 update available.

If your Checkra1n Jailbroken device still show you the “Unable to Check for Updates” error, try jailbreaking your device with Unc0ver, and then Un-Jailbreak from the Unc0ver app. As Unc0ver re-enable auto updates after Un-Jailbreaking.

If you get “Unable to Check for Updates” error message, read the NoneJailbroken iPhones/iPads troubleshooting.

For None-Jailbroken iPhone: 

If there is no Jailbreak installed on your iPhone, then here is a troubleshoot for you. It’s actually rare to get this problem in none-jailbroken iPhone. But it still can happen.

Check your internet Connection.

Poor internet connection, can cause this problem, so I suggest connecting to Wifi network and avoid Cellular data when updating.

Try Updating later. 

Intense demands on updating to the new iOS version can also cause this problem, so I suggest avoiding the peek hour to update, and wait for the next day. In fact, waiting can be useful, as initial releases can have problems for some certain devices, for example, iPhone 11 users reported iPhone crashes with the initial iOS 14 release, the next day Apple acknowledged it and fixed it.

Update via iTunes.

Updating via iTunes, can be your last choice, if none of the above mentioned troubleshooting worked for you.

To update via iTunes:

  • Install iTunes, if you are using a windows computer from here.
  • Plug in your iPhone/iPad via USB cable.
  • Once iTune detects your iPhone click on “Update”.

    Update iPhone via iTunes
    Update iPhone via iTunes
  • A window will pop-up, click on “Install”.

    Install updates via iTunes
    Install Updates
  • Wait for iTunes to Download iOS 14 and Update your iPhone.




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