How to Update Your iPhone/iPad to New iOS

Keeping your iOS based devices up to date is important and here we show you how to do just that on your devices. You are going to learn how to download the latest iOS 13 and install it as well on your iPhone and iPad.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Aug. 14, 2019, Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2019

One of the many things that Apple does a great job at is pushing out new features in the latest releases of the iOS operating system. You may have noticed that each time you update your device to the latest version of iOS, new apps and features on your device will be found. Therefore, it is important that you keep your iPhone or iPad updated to the latest iOS versions.

The latest iOS version as of this writing is iOS 13 which, like many other updates, brings with it a number of cool new features for you. Once you do the iOS 13 update on your device, you will find that there are a bunch of new things to play around with on your iPhone and iPad.

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how you can update your iOS devices to the latest available version and what the latest version is. This way you will be in the know and will not miss any operating system updates for your device.

How to Update iPhone to the New iOS

If you are ready to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, there are two ways you can use to get your device updated.

Either you can perform a wireless update that takes place right on your iPhone or you can use the iTunes app on your computer to update your device. Both of the methods ultimately do the same thing and it is up to you to decide which method you would like to proceed with.

Here we show you both:

Update to the New iOS Version from the iPhone Itself

The option to wirelessly update the new iOS is located right in the Settings app on your iPhone. Here is how you use it.

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and select General followed by Software Update.

Update to the new iOS on the iPhone

Update to the new iOS on the iPhone

If an update is available for your device, you will see it on the screen. There will also be an option called Download and Install that lets you download the update files and install it on your iPhone. Tap on the option and your iPhone will begin to download the update and it’ll automatically install the update.

Update to the New iOS Version on iPhone Using the iTunes App

If you are an iTunes fan and you prefer using it to do the tasks, you would be glad to know that you can use your favorite app to update the iPhone. The following shows how to do it.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes if you do not already have it.

Step 2. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3. iTunes will recognize your device and an icon will appear in the interface. Click on your device icon in iTunes.

Step 4. Click on the tab that says Summary beneath your iPhone details. Then, find and click on the button that says Check for Update.

Update to the new iOS version using iTunes

Update to the new iOS version using iTunes

Step 5. If iTunes finds that an iOS update is available, it will prompt you to install it on your device. Click on the Download and Update button in the prompt to install the update on your iPhone.

It will begin to download the update. When it is downloaded, your iPhone will be updated automatically for you.

You may then reboot the iPhone to see what new features and apps the new update has brought over for you. You will be surprised for sure like each time.

What is the Latest Version of iOS

Depending on when you are reading this article, the latest version of iOS may be a newer one than what is mentioned here.

As of this writing, the latest version of iOS is iOS 13. It has recently been rolled out by Apple with lots of new features and improvements. Also, there are a number of iOS 13 supported devices, so even if you own an old iPhone or iPad, you would still be able to install the update on your device.

The latest version of iOS

The latest version of iOS

The iOS 13 compatibility expands to various iPhone models starting from iPhone 6S. As long as you have an iPhone 6S or newer, an iPad Air 2 or newer, or an iPad Mini 4 or newer, you will be able to enjoy the iOS 13 update on your device.

Speaking of features, the update brings with it a lot of new features and improvements that wholly change your experience with your iOS device. Here are some of the notable features of the iOS 13 update for iPhone/iPad.

Dark Mode

The iOS 13 update now has a system-wide dark mode that once enabled, turns all the elements on your iPhone or iPad into dark-ish. This was a much-anticipated feature and it is now available with the iOS 13 update for your iPhone and iPad.

New Features in the Photos App

The Photos app has seen significant improvements in this version of iOS and you now have a few more ways to organize your content in the app on your device.

Sign-in with an Apple ID

You will now be able to sign-in to various apps and websites using your Apple ID. While Google and other similar companies have had this feature for a long time, Apple has released it with this newer update of iOS.

Reminders App Update

One of the apps that have seen new features coming in with iOS 13 is the Reminders app on your iOS device. The app now has a few more intelligent features to let you easily create and manage your reminders on your devices.

Voice Update for Siri

In iOS 13, Siri uses a new and improved voice which sounds more natural to human ears. You will notice it as soon as you launch Siri on your iPhone or iPad once you have updated to iOS 13.

How to Update to iOS 13

iOS 13 is still in the beta stage and so it is not available as a regular update for your devices. However, if you are curious and you want to install the update as soon as possible, you can use a developer account to do so.

Apple developer account users get to install the beta updates on your devices and you can enroll yourself in the program to enjoy its benefits. The following is how you do it if you are completely new to this.

Step 1. Register yourself for the Apple Beta Software Program on the Apple website.

Sign-up for the Apple beta software program

Sign-up for the Apple beta software program

Step 2. Launch the Safari browser on your iPhone and head to the Beta Profile website.

Step 3. Download and install the beta profile on your iPhone. Reboot your iPhone when the profile is installed.

Step 4. Next up, head to Settings > General > Software Update and you will see the iOS 13 beta update available to install. Tap on Download and Install to install the update.

Since the update is still in the beta stage, you will likely encounter random bugs and issues. You may report these to Apple so they can fix these before the official rollout of the update.

The Bottom Line

It is highly recommended that you keep your iPhone and iPad devices updated with the latest iOS versions. This is to ensure your devices are bug-free, have the latest features, and that you get to enjoy the most stable experience possible with iOS on your device.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.