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How to Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

How to Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

Updating your iPhone’s software and firmware (iOS) is a good idea. Apple provides updates for free. Updates include security and bug fixes, as well as new features. This article shows how to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.

How to Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version
How to Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

Back-Up Before You Update

It is possible to lose your data during the installation process, even though rare problems.

If you install an iOS update on a mission-critical iPhone (or contains irreplaceable data), perform a backup first.

Update iOS via the Settings App

Nowadays, most iPhone users update directly from the device without using a computer. You can do this by installing wirelessly, and here’s how.

Click on the setting icon (the gear). On the Home screen, it’s by default. If you need help finding it, you can use Apple’s Spotlight Search.

Tap “General” in the Settings menu.

Scroll down to “Software Update.”

In addition to the version number, you will see what the new update improves.

If a message appears asking whether you want to install the update now or later after the update has finished, tap “Install Now.”

Once the installation process has begun, you will see a message that says “Verifying Update”; wait until complete. The screen of your iPhone will go black and restart once verification is complete.

You will see the Apple logo and a small progress bar at the center of the screen.

Your iPhone can be unlocked and used as usual after the installation is complete.

Update iOS in Finder or iTunes

The iPhone can also be updated with a wired connection through your Mac or Windows PC. To do so, open Finder on a Mac running macOS 10.15 or later. Start iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC running macOS 10.14 or earlier.

Apple’s Lightning-to-USB cable allows you to connect your iPhone to your computer. In the message that appears asking if you want your iPhone to trust the computer, tap “Trust” if it’s your first time connecting your iPhone to the computer.

Connect your iPhone to your computer. You can find it under “Locations”; click it.

Look near the top of the toolbar in iTunes for the iPhone icon. Click it.

Go to Settings > Summary (in iTunes) or General (in Finder) to view information about your iPhone. Click the “Check for Updates” link.

If an update is available, click “Install,” Once it has finished, click “Update.” If prompted, type your passcode. Once the update is installed, you are ready to go.

Double Check That Your iPhone’s Up to Date

Check to ensure all the most recent updates have been installed after updating your handset.

Access Settings > General > Software Updates on your iPhone. A screen like the one below lets you know that your software is fully updated if you have your device fully updated.

When you no longer receive updates for your iPhone, you might want to upgrade to something newer.

Your iPhone has been updated and is ready to use! Let’s make sure that your iPad is up-to-date.

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