How to update the software version on your iOS device?

If you got the notification of the available software update, you are free to update the iOS device wirelessly. Otherwise, use iTunes to perform the update manually.

Before you perform the software update

We recommend you to back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iTunes or iCloud.

Update the iOS device wirelessly

ios 11 wireless update
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Once you receive a notification about the available software update, tap on Install Now. Feel free also to use the following steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the power source as well as to the Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to Settings, then General, and tap Software Update.
  3. Choose Download and Install. Should you receive a message asking to remove some apps temporarily as the software needs more storage, choose Continue or Cancel. After the update, you will be able to reinstall the deleted Read below what to do in case you tap Cancel.
  4. In order to update your device now, simply choose Install. You may also select Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. For the Install Tonight option, don’t forget to connect the device to the power source for an automatic update at night.
  5. If prompted, type in your passcode.

If you require more space for a wireless update

Should you need more storage for updating wirelessly, try updating using iTunes or deleting some content from the device manually. Regardless the method you use – Itunes or wireless update, – you will still have the same amount of free space right after the update is performed.

Note: There are some iOS updates that do not support a wireless update. Also, proxy or VPN may obstruct the device from connecting to the software update servers.

Use iTunes to update the iOS device

update ios in itunes
Source: support.apple.com

In case you are not able to perform the wireless software update, you may use iTunes and update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using a computer. Should a computer be using Personal Hotspot of the iOS device you are going to update, connect it to another Ethernet or Wi-Fi network prior to the update.

  1. Make sure that iTunes on your computer is of the latest version.
  2. Plug the iOS device into the computer.
  3. Find iTunes and click on your device.
  4. Select Summary and choose Check for Update.
  5. Click on Download and Update.
  6. When prompted, type in your password.

If you require more space for iTunes update

In the event you need more storage for the update via iTunes, you may simply delete several items from the device manually.

If you receive an error when updating your iOS device

In case an error alert pops during the software update, we recommend following these steps:

  1. Make sure that iTunes on your computer has been updated to the latest version.
  2. Check if any updates for Mac from Apple or a PC from Microsoft are available.
  3. Plug the iOS device directly into the USB port of the computer (not into the USB hub or attached keyboard).
  4. Restart both your iOS device and computer.
  5. Make sure the security software on your computer doesn’t interfere with the connection with iTunes.
  6. Try updating the device again.
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