iPhone Apps stuck on Waiting

iPhone’s most recent iOS 16 update offers a variety of benefits to its users. New improvements to Mail, Maps, Wallet, Health, News, and other services are included. It is advised that all users update to iOS 16 because it provides additional options for customization, widgets for information at a glance, and significant security fixes. However, users have expressed concern about a serious problem with the applications either before or after the update was installed. A ‘waiting’ notification appears on the apps when you attempt to download or install any essential app, such as a clock, weather forecast, health app, calendar, etc. This article will go through methods to get iPhone apps stuck on waiting to start downloading.

If you recently purchased a new iPhone, the reason you may be seeing the built-in apps on hold is due to a pending iOS update, so try updating the software on your iPhone. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. If you see more than one software update choice, select the one you want to install. Tap the Install Now button. If you see Download and Install instead, tap it to download the update, enter your passcode, and then tap Install Now.

If you attempt to update your device and receive the message “unable to check for Update. An error occurred while checking for a software update.” You could try updating your iPhone using your computer. The steps below will walk you through installing the most recent update for Windows or MacOS accordingly.


  1. Download and install the iTunes program on your computer.
  2. Plugin your iPhone into the computer using a data cable.
  3. In the iTunes program on your PC, click the device button in the upper left corner.
  4. Click on Summary.
  5. Click Check for Updates.
  6. Click Update to install any available updates.


  1. Plug in your iPhone into your Mac.
  2. In your Mac’s finder, select the device in the finder sidebar.
  3. In the button bar, click General.
  4. Click Check for Updates.
  5. Click Update to install any available updates.

Installing the most recent update will allow all apps on your iPhone to be downloaded or updated, and they will be ready to use. However, if you continue to experience problems with the iPhone apps still stuck on ‘waiting’, even after installing the most recent iOS version. The following solutions will address this issue:

Basic Troubleshooting to fix iPhone Apps Stuck on Waiting After Factory Reset

  1. Checking your internet connection: First and foremost, make sure you have a solid internet connection because a slow network can cause the download of the apps to be delayed.
  2. Reset network settings: To reset your network settings, navigate to Settings> General> Transfer and Reset> Reset> Reset network settings.
  3. Checking storage space: iPhone apps that are waiting may be due to a shortage of storage space on your device. Consider navigating to Settings> General> iPhone storage, and then Manage Storage to ensure you have enough space. You can delete whatever stuff you want to make extra room while you’re here.
  4. Restart your device: If you have a reliable internet connection and plenty of storage space, restart your iPhone to see whether the issue has been resolved.


Another possible solution is to reinstall the apps that are causing the problem. To manage your applications, Navigate to Settings> General> iPhone storage. This will display a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone. Simply select the one you want to uninstall and then select Delete App. Wait a few minutes, then return to the App Store and reinstall the apps that were causing the error. This procedure may assist you in resolving the problem.


If the reinstallation still causes the ‘waiting’ problem, try logging out and back in with your Apple id. Navigate to Settings > Name > Media and Purchases. Sign out of your Apple ID there, restart your device, and then sign back into media and purchases. Tap bought> My purchases in the upper right corner of the app store account. You can also try to download apps from there.


If the apps haven’t finished installing, another option is to check the progress of your iCloud backup restore. Tap settings> your name> iCloud> iCloud backup to begin. Determine whether the device is restoring from an iCloud backup. If it is, you will receive a notification saying, “The device is currently being restored and will automatically backup when it’s done.”

If the restore appears to be complete, try halting it and restarting to see if the apps finish loading.


If none of the other aforementioned solutions worked, the final thing you may try is a factory reset of your iPhone. Because performing this reset deletes all data on your iPhone, you should make a backup first. After that, you can proceed to the factory reset. Simply take the following steps:

  1. Launch iTunes on your PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cord.
  3. When your iPhone appears on iTunes, click on it.
  4. In the Summary panel, click Restore and then confirm.
  5. When finished, your iPhone will be restored to factory settings and restarted.

If none of these procedures works, you may need to contact Apple Support for help. If you have any further questions about the instructions, please leave them in the comments section below.

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