How to Update an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Authored by: Tech Pro Team

1. Introduction

With this guide you can learn how to update your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) to the latest version of iOS using either your computer (iTunes) or wirelessly.

Tools You'll Need:

  • Your lightning charging cable

Supplies You'll Need:

  • Zip ties
  • Any other consumable supplies
  • Comment out supplies section if no supplies are necessary


Before You Begin:

  • You must have access to a computer with iTunes installed.
  • You must have that thing for the other thing so you can do the thing.

You must have this thing before you whatever.


An iPad.

2. Update iOS with iTunes on Your Computer

Install the Latest iTunes on Your Windows or Mac Computer

  1. Using the cable that came with your iOS device, connect your device to your computer.
iPhone plugged into laptop via cable.
  1. Open iTunes.
  1. Select your Device by clicking the device's icon.
Selecting your device
  1. Choose Summary or General then Check for Update.
iTunes software with Check for Updates selected within Summary settings.
  1. Choose Download and Update.
Download and Update button selected on an available update.
  1. If prompted, enter your passcode.
  2. Allow your device to update without interruption.

3. Update iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch over WiFi

While you don't need to be connected to WiFi, you may be charged for data usage if you aren't connected. 

  1. Connect your phone or tablet to power to charge. Updates can take a while so it's a good idea to keep your phone plugged in.
  2. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
iOS Settings.
  1. Select General.
Settings with General highlighted.
  1. Select Software Update.
Software update for iOS
  1. If an update is available, you will find out here.
Download available
  1. Select Download and Install to begin the update process.
  2. If prompted, enter your passcode.
  3. Allow your device to update without interruption.
iOS is up to date