How to Update iPhone Operating Systems

Written by Felipe on March 17th, 2015

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If you’ve recently read my article called Make Sure You Update to iOS 8.2 on iPhones and iPads that explains why it’s so important to update iOS when Apple releases new versions, you may be wondering exactly how to go about doing this. Since many of you may not already know how to perform the update, I thought it might be helpful if I wrote a quick article that explained how simple the process really is.

How to Update iPhone

  1. From your home screen, tap the “Settings” icon.
  2. Next, tap the “General” option.
  3. Next, tap the “Software Update” option.
  4. If there is an update available for the version of iOS that you are running on your phone, you’ll see a button that you can tap on that will allow you to initiate the update. If your phone already has the most recent version that is compatible with your particular device, you’ll see a message that says something like the picture below.

    how to update iphone screenshot
  5. Once you tap on the button to perform the update, your device will begin downloading the newest version of the operating system. You should only do this when you are connected to a reliable Wi-Fi signal and you have your phone plugged in to its charger. Depending on the particular update, as well as how many people are trying to get the update at the same time, it could take as long as an hour for the process to complete. Keep in mind that after your phone downloads the entire update, it will begin installing it. After that, it will restart your phone automatically and you’ll have the latest iOS version.

How to Update iPad Operating Systems

You’ll be pleased to know that the process for updating the iPad is exactly the same as it is for the iPhone.

Not Everyone Can Update iPhone Operating Systems

I should point out that not all iPhones and iPads can be updated to the latest version of iOS. For example, if you own an older device and you want to update iPad iOS, it may not support the latest version of the operating system. If this is the case, you’re only options are to live with it “as is” or buy a newer device.


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