Your iPhone requires regular updates to fix bugs, get up to date on the latest security system, and add some user-friendly features. The updates are available for free. 

Follow the guide below to successfully update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.

Back-Up Before Updating

It is always recommended to backup your data before downloading and installing the update. Even though the chances are quite low, but still your data might get lost during the process. Hence, it is a good practice to always back-up your data. 

Updating iOS via the Settings App

This method is known as wireless installation- you can directly update your iPhone without having to connect it to a computer.

  1. Open the “Settings” app. Most probably it’s on the first page of the Home screen. However, you can use the Spotlight search feature to find it.
  1. Open “General.”
  1. Then, click on “Software Update.”

Here you’ll find information regarding the latest update, version number, and details about what the update will improve.

  1. Tap on “Download and Install” and type your passcode if asked to do so.
Tap "Download and Install."
  1. When the downloading process is finished, a pop-up message might appear asking whether you want to install the update now or later. Click on the “Install Now” button. 
  2. After the installation process begins, you’ll see a message saying “Verifying Update”; wait for it to finish. After verification is complete, the screen will go black and it will restart.
  3. Then, you’ll see the Apple logo and a small progress bar in the center of the screen.
The Apple logo and update progress bar in iOS.
  1. When the installation is complete, you can unlock and use your iPhone as usual.

Updating iOS in Finder or iTunes

You can also update your iPhone via a wired connection with Mac or Windows PC. 

  1. On a Mac (running macOS 10.15 or later), open Finder. 

On a Windows PC or Mac (running macOS 10.14 or earlier), open iTunes.

  1. With the help of a Lightning-to-USB cable, connect your iPhone to your computer If you’re connecting your iPhone for the first time, tap “Trust” in the pop-up message that appears asking if you want your iPhone to trust the computer.
  2. Find your iPhone on the computer. In Finder, you can find it on the left under “Locations”; click it.
Click your iPhone under ""Locations."
  1. In iTunes, look out for the small iPhone icon in the toolbar. Click on it. 
Click the iPhone icon in iTunes.
  1. Then, a page with all your iPhone information will appear. ,Open General (in Finder) or Settings > Summary (in iTunes). Click on the “Check for Update” tab. 
Click "Check for Update."
  1. If there is an update available, click on “Download”. After downloading, click on “Update.” Type your passcode. The installation will occur, and then you’re ready to go.

Double Check That Your iPhone’s Up to Date

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings > General > Software Update. If your device is fully updated, you’ll see a screen similar to the one shown below.
The iOS software is up to date message.