Things You Can Do While Waiting for iOS Updates to Install

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It always inevitably comes at the worst time possible—the dreaded notification to end all notifications:

iOS Update

Say hello to the only thing more never-ending than Windows updates: a software update for your iOS device.

Find a comfy place to sit back and relax (preferably with a power outlet nearby)—you’re going to be idle for a while. Here are a few things you can do while you wait:

Stand up and stretch a little.

http://365daysyoga.tumblr.com/post/4442537280

 
 

Grab a snack. Scarf the snack.

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Take a bathroom break (and lament over having nothing to read while you’re in there).

http://lets-save-this-world.tumblr.com/post/51151121324


  

Plug your iPhone in after realizing the update hasn’t even started yet. So much time wasted!

http://i-need-that-seat.tumblr.com/post/47703730725/when-i-tell-people-im-like-an-iphone


 

Do a little self-congratulatory dance when the update finally starts.

http://thefrenchigoodgirl.tumblr.com/post/43009576424/ahahahahaha

 
 

Hum a little tune while you wait. It can’t take that long now that it’s chugging along, right? You can totally go without your phone for a few minutes…

http://mysomekindofbliss.tumblr.com/post/13844307345


 

Check on the update. It’s still working.

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble

 
 

Take your dog(s) for a walk. A quick 10-minute walk in the great outdoors is the perfect distraction right now.

http://blog.giphy.com/post/128649260449/self-esteem-goals


 

Check on the update again—it’s still working. Well, you just got a mini-workout in, why not get a full one in while you wait?

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble

 
 

Oh, never mind. Your workout app is on your iPhone, and you can’t really get a good set in without it…

http://gemini-dragon-gifs.tumblr.com/post/54416882219


 

It’s still updating. Somehow.

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble

 
 

Go to complain about how long this is taking on Twitter. Wait, you’re again thwarted by your lack of a phone. (Who tweets from their computer anymore?)

http://scheirer2.tumblr.com/post/39936626029/computer-troubles


 

This. Update. Is. Taking. Forever.

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble

 
 

Clean out your purse/bag/backpack/briefcase. Productivity!

http://gifsforteaching.tumblr.com/post/59517334315/oh-my-word-there-is-more


 

IT’S STILL UPDATING.

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble

 
 

Check your horoscope. In the newspaper.

http://elisaonwilde.tumblr.com/post/107643256510


 

Pray to the Apple gods to hurry this update up a little.

http://ineedthisforreactions.tumblr.com/post/34144812925

 
 

Get a drink. A real one.

http://extravaganja.tumblr.com/post/55960259602


 

Paint an amazing portrait.

http://bobrossgifs.tumblr.com/post/21371825729

 
 

Visit the circus.

http://raxadanewinchester.tumblr.com/post/127580814152


 

Score a perfect 300.

http://themagicalhouseofgifs.tumblr.com/post/31633359634

 
 

Head to the moon and back.

http://glploudmouse.tumblr.com/post/64821474175


 

Reminisce about the technology of yesteryear, when all the things you needed were not on one single device.

http://gameoflaughs.tumblr.com/post/45692312831/jon-snow-what-is-this-sorcery

 
 

Just kidding—even though it’s somehow, somehow still updating…

http://brentclouse.tumblr.com/post/65460882878/surprise-iphone-gif-on-dribbble


 

We’ve all been there! Sometimes it really does seem to take forever for iOS to update, especially since many of us are so reliant on our iPhones (guilty as charged). What’s the longest you’ve waited for your iOS device to update? Share your story in a comment, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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In addition to serving as the Social Media Manager for Parallels, Lindsay Scarpello moonlights as a geek-culture enthusiast. A native Midwesterner, she's already loving the sweater weather and abundance of great coffee in the Pacific Northwest.