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How to Update your iPhone’s Software

Avatar of Joan Agie By Joan Agie Aug8,2022
iOS 13.5 update
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Apple has been known to provide frequent upgrades for iPhone devices. There are often a few incremental updates made to the OS during the year in addition to at least one major upgrade, which is typically used to resolve problems and enhance security.

You can make sure that your iPhone device benefits from Apple’s regular upgrades by updating its software whenever there’s a new one available. If this is a process you’re not so familiar with, we’ve provided this guide to instruct you on the process of upgrading your iPhone’s software to iOS 15, and to subsequent versions.

How to Update your iPhone's Software

Updating your iPhone’s Software Automatically 

Allowing your device to handle iPhone upgrades is the simplest (and safest) solution. 

Here’s how to check if your iPhone is prepared for an automated update: 

  • Open Settings and select General
  • Tap Software Update on the General page. 
  • Tap Automatic Updates on the Software Update page. 
  • Make sure the Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates buttons are both activated by swiping them to the right, making them green, in order to have the iPhone carry everything out automatically. 

When you turn both settings on, your iPhone will download the update files to the device and then automatically install them while it is charging and locked throughout the course of the next night.

You can also choose to disable Install iOS Updates while keeping Download iOS Updates enabled. The update will download to the phone if you do this and wait for you to manually install it.

Update your iPhone’s Software Manually

You can manage updates yourself if you like, or if the phone isn’t updating automatically for whatever reason. 

  • Tap General after opening the Settings app. 
  • Tap Software Update on the General page. Your phone will confirm if there’s an update available. 
  • Click on the Download and Install option to install any updates that are available. Accept the terms and conditions, then wait for your phone to download the update. 
  • To finish the update, press Install at the end.

What to Do if your iPhone’s Software Does Not Update

Under normal circumstances, you should be able to update your device’s software following the instructions we’ve provided above. However, you should try these troubleshooting techniques if your iPhone won’t update, whether manually or automatically. 

Verify your Device’s Compatibility 

For the iPhone 6S and later devices, the iPhone SE (first and second generation), and the iPod Touch 7th generation, the most recent iOS software upgrade, iOS 15, should typically be accessible. 

You’re out of luck if you’re still utilizing an iPhone 5S or an earlier model, so if the software update to iOS 15 hasn’t been working, now you know the reason.

Create sufficient storage space on your device

Approximately 3.24 GB of storage space will be required for iOS 15, but you’ll need more to install it. In order to download and install the update, your phone must have a total of around 5GB of free space. 

Launch the Settings app, touch General, then choose iPhone Storage to find out how much free space is currently available on your phone. On the iPhone Capacity page, the top of the page will display your available storage.

You will need to make room on your iPhone if you don’t have enough free space. You won’t be able to update it successfully otherwise.

Charge your battery and connect to stable internet

The smallest issues can occasionally prevent an iOS upgrade. A strong, dependable WiFi connection is required, and your iPhone must have at least 50% battery life left. 

Update your device at home or at work, where you are sure to have consistent WiFi, for the best possible results. Additionally, before beginning the update, make sure to dock or charge your phone.

Update your iPhone with a PC or Mac

Rarely, you may encounter a bug and discover that your iPhone is unable to install an update, either manual or automatically. You can install it from a PC or a Mac if that occurs. 

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC. 
  • Launch iTunes on your PC. Open Finder on your Mac (if that’s what you’re using) and choose the name of your phone from the sidebar. 
  • Click Continue if a message appears on the computer requesting permission to access your iPhone. On your iPhone, click on Trust
  • In iTunes, select Library, and then, on the left side of the toolbar, select the iPhone icon. Click General in the Finder.
  • Select Check for Update by clicking on it. 
  • Click Download and Update if an update is available. For however long it takes for an update, make sure to keep your phone connected to the computer.

In summary, your iPhone device can benefit a lot from regular software updates. This guide will put you through the different ways to successfully update your software, and what to do in case the update is not successful.

We hope this guide has been helpful so don’t forget to recommend it to your friends and loved ones.

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