Apple releases a major software update each year at the World Developers Conference (WWDC). Throughout the year, it keeps releasing minor updates and fixes sporadically for iPhone users. The major annual iOS update often brings UI improvements, new features, and a host of bug fixes. It is recommended that iPhone users stay up-to-date on their software to keep their privacy and security intact. Usually, Apple sends a notification when an update is rolled out to all supported iPhones, but users can also manually check for an update and download it.
Update your iPhone software
There are several ways to update the software on your iPhone. The easiest is to set it to automatic so that your device automatically updates overnight while charging. However, if you want to take care of download patterns, we have mentioned two ways to upgrade. One is the wireless method through your iPhone, and the other is using a Mac computer. Before we start to explain the process, you must back up your data.
Update your iPhone wirelessly.
- Connect your iPhone to a charger. Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is strong and protected. Please note that this requires Wi-Fi and cannot be done over a mobile data connection.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings> General> Software update.
- If a new update is available, details about the iOS update and its changelog will be mentioned. Once satisfied, click Download and install option. The download will now begin. The speed depends on how fast your internet connection is.
- Once the Download is complete, tap Install Now. You can also touch Later and choose Install Tonight or Remember me later. If you touch Install tonight, plug your device into power before going to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
- The iPhone may request your passcode/password/fingerprint before starting the installation process. Enter the necessary information, and the installation process should begin.
- After the installation process is complete, the iPhone will reboot.
- If you’re running iOS 12 or later, the iPhone can also update automatically overnight while it’s charging. To enable automatic updates, go to Settings> General> Software update> Customize automatic updates, then Install the iOS updates. Even after activating it, some updates may need to be installed manually.
Update your iPhone using your computer
If the wireless method does not work for you, you can try updating using a computer. You will need a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network before updating.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via the charging cable. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Discoverer. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or a PC, open iTunes.
- After the phone is charged, click Search for updates below General or Settings.
- Then click Download and update.
- If prompted, enter your password. Follow the on-screen instructions to guide you through the rest of the process.