How to Fix a Messed Up iOS 10 Update
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You got the notification. Yes, I’m talking about the notification you’ve been waiting for (or maybe dreading). I’m talking about the release of a new version of iOS — in this case iOS 10.

So you excitedly (or begrudgingly), go through the installation process, thinking everything is all good, and it messes up, leaving you with a really expensive paperweight. Are you screwed?

Of course not! Here’s what you can do to fix a messed up iOS 10 update!

The Quick Method

Restart your phone! Hold in the power and home button until you see the Apple logo.

The Slightly More Effort-Required Method

This method is a little more involved, so I’m going to throw a nice bulleted list at you to make it more digestible (it’s still easy, I promise).

  • Plug your phone into a computer with iTunes installed.
  • Make note of the message that pops up, which reads “The software on [your device name] needs to be restored to factory settings or updated.”
  • Click Update. Do not, I repeat do not, click Restore unless you’re prepared to wipe your device.

This will install iOS 9.3.5 and you can begin the update again.

The Method You Were Hoping Against

That didn’t work? I wish I had better news, but it looks like you need to take a trip to your local Apple Store to get it fixed.

Or, you can choose to embrace the paperweight lifestyle and open all your windows without worrying about your bills blowing around the room. The choice is yours.

Did you get iOS 10 or are you holding off? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Rica
    November 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I bloody wish i hadnt. Now the spell chack takes 5 clicks to replace a word where it used to take 1. I ONLY bought apple for the spell check red line choose word feature. Now its fricken useless. Going back to my samsung
    Who thought having 5 clicks was better than one to change a misspelt word?! And NO I DONT WANT AUTO CHANGE