Every year, Apple launches major software updates at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Throughout the year, it continues to release occasional small updates and fixes for iPhone users. Major annual iOS updates usually bring UI enhancements, new features, and numerous bug fixes. It is recommended that iPhone users update their software in time to keep their privacy and security intact. Usually, when the update is launched on all compatible iPhone phones, Apple will issue a notification, but users can also manually check for the update and download it.

How to upgrade your iPhone software

There are many ways to upgrade the software on iPhone. The easiest way is to set it to automatic so that your device automatically updates overnight while charging. However, if you like the responsible download mode, then we have already mentioned two upgrade methods. One is the wireless method via iPhone, and the other is using Mac computer. Before we begin to explain the process, it is important to back up the data.

Update your iPhone wirelessly

  1. Connect the iPhone to the charger. Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is strong and protected. Please note that this requires Wi-Fi and cannot be done via a mobile data connection.

  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings> General> Software Update.

  3. If a new update is available, details about the iOS update and its change log will be mentioned.Click when satisfied Download and install Options. Your download will now begin. The speed depends on the speed of your Internet connection.

  4. After the download is complete, click Install now. You can also tap “Later” and select Install tonight or Remind me later. If you click Install tonight, Just connect the device to the power before you fall asleep. Your device will automatically update overnight.

  5. Before starting the installation process, iPhone may ask you to provide a passcode/password/fingerprint. Enter the necessary information and the installation process should begin.

  6. After the installation process is complete, the iPhone will restart.

  7. If you are running iOS 12 or later, iPhone can also automatically update overnight while charging.To turn on automatic updates, go to Settings> General> Software Update> Customized Automatic Update, Then turn on Install the iOS update. Even after you enable this feature, you may still need to install some updates manually.

Update iPhone using computer

If the wireless method is not suitable for you, then you can try to update using a computer. Before the update, you will need a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network.

  1. Connect the iPhone or iPad to the computer via the charging cable.On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open discoverer. On a Mac or PC with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, open iTunes.

  2. After the phone is loaded, click Check for updates under General or settings.

  3. Next, click Download and update.

  4. If asked, please enter your password. Follow the instructions on the screen to guide you through the rest of the process.


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