How to make an iOS update on an iPhone or an iPad?

With IOS 11, a lot of new features and improvements have been made to the iPhone and iPad.

Since its release, Apple has launched a series of interim updates to fix detected bugs and improve features.

These updates are free for the iPhone and iPad latest generation users.

To update your device, follow this tutorial. 

Be careful, once the update is done, it is not possible to go back.

What is the iOS update?

iOS is the operating system running on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

It organizes, launches, executes applications and features.

Every year, at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple reveals the latest iOS updates.

iOS 12 was announced on June 4, 2018, it should be available on September 2018.

During the year, intermediate updates (11.1, 11.2, etc.) are available for download. When you update your device, it automatically downloads the latest version.

Is my iPhone or iPad up to date?

Before you download the latest iOS version, you must make sure that your device is compatible. iOS 11, for example, is present on the iPad 5 th generation (and later), iPad mini 2, iPhone 5s (and later), as well as the iPod Touch 6 th generation.

Prepare for the iOS update 

1- Save your data

Use iCloud or iTunes to back up data stored on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

In this way, in the case of mishandling or bug, it will prevent you from losing your messages or photos.

This backup includes music, TV shows, purchased apps and books, photos, videos, and all your settings. 
Synchronized content can be backed up from your computer with iTunes, so it’s best to back up your Mac or iCloud.

2- Free up space on your iPhone / iPad

It is important that you have enough storage space, otherwise, you will not be able to make such an update.

We can only advise you to delete all files that no longer have or are not useful. Follow our 17 tips to free up space on your iPhone.

3- Plug in your iPhone or iPad

It is important that your iPhone is plugged into AC power or a computer because it would be harmful to be out of battery in full update.

4- Stay connected to Wi-Fi

Privilege a Wi-Fi connection rather than 3G or 4G, otherwise you will end up without data at the end of the month! Read our 20 tips to save your data.

How to install an iOS update?

The bet is very easy to make, but it can take several hours.

1- Follow the path: Settings → General → Software Update

A notification should appear informing you that a new iOS version is available for download. Then you will only have to accept the execution of the update and follow the instructions.

In case you have not received a notification:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go down to General.
  • Select Software Update, so that ios looks for the latest available updates.

iOS will list all the updates that have not been made, you will also see the storage space needed to install them.

The link Learn more, allows you to understand the changes and improvements that will be made.

2- Download

Now, tap Download and install, enter your passcode, and finally accept the terms and conditions.

3- Allow the download to take place in the background

Once you have accepted the conditions, the download will start. It will be done in the background.

Once the download is complete, you will receive a notification that the update is ready for installation.

4- Select the Details option

Go to Settings →   General → Software Update.

The Details option shows your corrections and improvements to the system.

For example, the iOS 11.4 “interim update supports AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, HomePod stereo pairs, and iCloud messages, and this update also fixes issues and makes improvements.”

5- Install now or Refer the installation

Your iPhone or iPad starts installing the iOS update.

You can do this update whenever you want, as soon as it is ready or later in the day, for example.

To remind you that an update is available, a red icon will be displayed next to Software Update.

The hazards of the updates

A software update is usually smooth, but there may be some minor malfunctions.

1- The update goes on forever

In 2013, the update to iOS 7 was particularly long, and unfortunately, it was the same in 2014 with iOS 8 …

This is due to the simultaneous connection of a colossal number of users to Apple servers, so they end up saturating.

If you decide to update your device, as soon as the new version is released, it goes without saying that it will take a lot of time.

Our advice would be to wait a few days before proceeding to update your iPhone or iPad. This way, it will be faster and you will avoid the first small bugs of the new version.

2- Insufficient space on your iPhone or iPad

As noted above, it’s best to have free space on your iPhone or iPad before updating it.

You can delete your larger files, transfer them to your PC or save them to a cloud, and reinstall them after your update.

Otherwise, you can do this update on your Mac via iTunes.

3- Should you do the iOS update during the night? 

Apple offers its users the ability to install the new version of iOS overnight when you’re not using your iPhone.

If you are invited to update, know that you can postpone it by selecting the option Remind me later. 
Thanks to this one, you can choose the time at which you want it to be done automatically.

Do not forget that your iPhone must be plugged in order not to run out of battery.

In 2015, the update to 9.1, was problematic for many users who decided to schedule it for the night. It has disabled the saved alarms.

If you still opt for a night update, prefer weekends and avoid doing it during the transition from summertime to wintertime.

Beta versions of iOS

Before a major iOS update is available to the public, there are so-called public beta releases. These are test updates to fix the identified bugs.

Each new version of iOS and intermediate version are tested before their release.

If you want to help Apple, you can join the beta program before Apple’s keynote.