iOS is the software operating system of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Apple releases frequent updates to iOS to fix software bugs and patch up security issues.
Why Should I Update iOS On My iPhone?
If your iPhone is running an outdated version of iOS, you may run into problems that could be fixed simply by updating to the most recent version of iOS.
How Do I Update iOS On My iPhone?
How To Update iOS On Your iPhone
There are two ways to update iOS on your iPhone: in the Settings app and by using iTunes.
Update iOS In The Settings App
- Open up the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- If an update is available, tap Install Now or Download and Install.
Update iOS Using iTunes (PCs and Macs running macOS 10.14 or older)
- Connect your iPhone to a computer using a Lightning cable.
- Open iTunes.
- Click the Phone button in the upper left-hand corner of iTunes (see image 3).
- Click Check For Update.
- If an update is available, click Download and Install.
Update iOS Using Finder (Macs running macOS 10.15 or newer)
- Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a charging cable.
- Open Finder.
- Click on your iPhone under Locations.
- Click the General tab.
- Click Check for Update.
- Click Download and Install if an iOS update is available.
Applies To: iPhone 5,iPhone 5S,iPhone 5C,iPhone 6,iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 6S,iPhone 6S Plus,iPhone SE,iPhone 7,iPhone 7 Plus,iPhone 8,iPhone 8 Plus,iPhone X,iPhone XS,iPhone XS Max,iPhone XR,iPhone 11,iPhone 11 Pro,iPhone 11 Pro Max,iPhone SE 2
- If you plan on updating your iPhone in Settings, make sure your iPhone has over 50% of its battery life or is plugged into a power source.