Tips to Update iOS on iPhone or iPad

Learn to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS and get dozens of cool new features for free. iOS 12 is going to be here on 17 September, and it will add many cool features to your iPhone.  It is quite apparent to expect many smaller updates to follow. Apple is known for adding new essential security fixes and tweaks. Before you update, try to make a backup of your device with the help of iTunes or iCloud.

Preparing device for updation

Save the copy of the old version of iOS

This step may seem complicated, and you may feel like skipping this. But if you want to downgrade to the previous version, it is going to be easier if you have a copy. Look in iTunes and select the Software Updates for your device. Access library folder in your user folder by holding down the Alt key and select Go> Library.

Make space for the download

Shortage of storage is a reality for many iPhone users; The culprit may be apps, music or videos and photos. All of the users run out of space at some moment in their life. You are not able to upgrade an iPhone's internal storage. You can free up your device by deleting a few apps. You could free up as much as 500 MB with minimal effort. To remove an app, go to the home screen, tap and hold on its icon and wait for it to jiggle. Click on the X in the left corner to delete the app. Some of the apps may take more time to delete because they are pre-installed such as the Game Center, Notes, Calendar, and the stocks. Previously, Apple has prevented iPhone and users of iPad from deleting these apps. But with the advent of iOS10, preinstalled apps such as the Facetime, Stocks, and Mail can be deleted.

Charge it up

If you are 50% or lower, You will be required to plug your device into a power source, running out of the power in between download can foul up the update.

Don't forget to connect to WiFi

Make sure that you download over WiFi and not via 3G or 4G; Else you may end up running out of the data.

How to update the iOS
  •         Begin with going to the Settings>General>Software update; it will check if there is any new version available.
  •          If there is any new version, iOS will offer details regarding the latest update.
  •      Tap Download and install, enter your passcode when induced and agree to the terms and conditions.
  •          The device itself will download the update in the background; you will receive a notification saying that there is an update is waiting for your phone.
  •          Tap on the details; this will take you back to the Settings>General> Software Update.
  •         Tap 'install,' The iPad or iPhone will now start installing the iOS update. It may take some time. iOS is going to update during the night, just make sure that the device is plugged in.

Upgrading iOS from a beta version

If you previously have tried the beta version of iOS, you should note that to get the upcoming non-beta iOS releases you need to remove Apple configuration profile from your device. You may do this by going to Settings>General>profile and selecting the iOS Beta Software profile, choosing to delete the profile and entering a passcode to confirm the change. Now you will receive official updates as usual.

Aida Martin is a self-professed security expert; She has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at


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