Updating iOS

Before You Update

When upgrading iOS, there are small measures to take before updating your device:

  1. Backup your device to either iCloud or iTunes.
  2. Ensure your device has enough disk space free for the update.
    Note: On average, iOS updates are less than 1GB in size.

Now that you're prepared to update, you can choose whether to update through WiFi, or iTunes on your computer.  Wireless updating through WiFi is the easiest of the two.

WiFi Updating

Updating wirelessly requires a steady connection to a WiFi network for the entire length of the update.

  1. To begin, plug in your device to a power source, either a USB port on a computer, or an electrical outlet.
  2. Access Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  3. Tap on General within Settings, in the left column on iPad.
  4. Select Software Update, and agree to start the download.

Your device will begin downloading the update over WiFi.  The time it takes to do so relies on what type of connection you have, as well as how fast it is.

After the download is complete, you'll be asked if you want to start the installation.  Your phone should remain connected to a power source, as the installation can take several minutes to complete.

iTunes Updating

Updating through your computer using iTunes is effective when you may not have a strong WiFi connection, or have previously downloaded the update to your computer.

  1. Make sure that you've installed the latest version of iTunes to your computer.
  2. Plug in your iPhone or iPad to your computer using the USB cable for that device.
  3. The device will be automatically recognized, and can also be selected from the top right corner of iTunes.
  4. Under Summary, select Check For Updates or Update.
  5. Click on Download, and then Update.

The update will download through your computer, and be installed onto your device.

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