‘Software Update Failed’ error reported while updating to iOS 9

iOS 9 - Software Update Failed

Apple released iOS 9 publicly a few minutes ago, and the company’s servers are already taking a beating from the high influx of traffic.

iOS 9 is available as an OTA update, but while trying to check for an update from iTunes, users are getting error that “Software Update failed”. The error says:

Software Update Failed.

An error occurred downloading iOS 9.0.

Incidentally, users were hit by this issue when Apple released iOS 8 as well. Things usually get better after sometime when the initial surge in traffic subsides.


If you are getting this error, you can try to update your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, since that seems to be working for many folks out there.

Many other users are seeing the “Update Requested” message, which is likely Apple’s way to ensure that the traffic on its servers remains steady rather than comes in all at once. If you’re seeing this message, the update should likely begin in sometime. But if the message stays for more than a few minutes let us know in the comments below.

Have you been able to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9? Let us know in the comments below.