Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
iOS updates introduce new features that let you do even more with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Update your device wirelessly or using iTunes with a few easy steps.
Here are some things to check before you get started:
- Back up your device to iCloud or iTunes.
- Make sure your device has enough available space to install the update. Use iTunes to update if you don't have enough space, or remove content from your device. Tap Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses.
Update your device wirelessly
The easiest way to update your device is wirelessly, also called “over the air.” Here’s how:
- Plug in your device to a power source.
- Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
- Tap Download and Install to download the update. Updates might download automatically while your device is connected to Wi-Fi and a power source.
- Tap Install when the download completes, or tap Later to install the update later.
Some iOS updates aren't available as over-the-air updates. VPN or proxy connections may prevent your device from contacting the iOS update servers.
Update your device using iTunes
If you can’t update wirelessly, or if you want to update with iTunes, follow these steps:
- If you use your device's Personal Hotspot for your computer's Internet connection, update your device wirelessly or connect your computer to another network.
- Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
- Plug in your device to your computer.
- In iTunes, select your device.
- In the Summary pane, click Check for Update.
- Click Download and Update.
If you see an error message while updating your device, you can learn how to resolve iOS update errors in iTunes.
If you’re updating from iOS 4.3.x or earlier, you need to update using iTunes.