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It’s a good idea to always update your iPhone (or iPad) to the latest software. Apple regularly releases updates throughout the year, often to improve functions, fix bugs, and apply the latest security.
You can make your iPhone update itself automatically. iPhone made auto-update available from iOS 5 version and higher – or you can manually update it yourself with a computer. The advantage of updating it yourself is that you don’t need as much free space because the update will be done through iTunes.
How to update your iPhone (or iPad) automatically
The best and most secure way to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS is to enable auto-updates – your device will automatically download and install update files, most times, overnight when your phone is charging and locked.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Software Update.
4. Tap Customize Automatic Updates.
5. To make your iPhone update itself automatically, be sure both the “Download iOS Updates” and “Install iOS Updates” buttons are turned on by swiping them to the right.
If you prefer to update your iPhone manually. Here’s how:
How to update your iPhone (or iPad) manually
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Software Update. Your phone will check for any available update.
4. If there is an update, tap Download and Install. Wait for the update to downloads to your iPhone.
5. Tap Install.
How to update your iPhone from a computer using iTunes.
There are rare instances where your phone might have a glitch while trying to install updates. If your iPhone can’t install updates, either automatically or manually – then install from a computer using iTunes.
1. Plug your iPhone into your computer with the charging cable.
2. If you’re using a Mac, open the Finder and click the name of your phone in the sidebar. If you’re using a PC, open iTunes.
3. A message will appear on your computer screen asking you to allow the computer to access your iPhone; click Continue. Then, tap Trust on your iPhone.
4. In iTunes, click Library.
5. Click the “iPhone icon” on the left side of the toolbar. In the Finder, click General.
6. Click Check for Update.
7. Click Download and Update to install the iPhone updates if it’s available.
About King Osaghae
King Osaghae is a technology researcher and writer who’s been writing about tech-related topics and trends since 2018. He is the managing editor at TechZerg, meaning that he oversees all the articles TechZerg produces.