How to Download iOS 15 & Update Your iPhone to the Latest Apple Software

How to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version and enjoy brand-new features.

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It's time for iOS 15! If you haven't received an update notice on your iPhone, be patient; Apple rolls out its new iPhone software update gradually, beginning on the release date sometime after the September 14 iPhone announcement. The newest iOS update offers lots of exciting new things, like Focus Mode and Live Text, changes to Safari and FaceTime, and more. We'll show you how to download iOS 15 once it's available to take advantage of these cool new features.

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iOS 15 Compatibility: Which iPhones Are Compatible with the New iOS Updates?

In addition to the newest iPhones, the following iPhone and iPod Touch versions are capable of downloading and running iOS 15.

  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (first and second generations)
  • iPod Touch (7th generation)

The iPad is not compatible with iOS 15, and now uses iPadOS. Don't worry, it's just as easy to install.

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How to Update to iOS 15

Here's how to get iOS 15:

  1. Back up your device to iCloud or iTunes.
  2. Connect your device to power and make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. 
  3. Open the Settings app.
  4. Tap General.​

  5. Select Software Update.

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  6. Tap Download and Install.​

  7. This process will take a few minutes, and you'll see a "Verifying update" notification like the one in the image below.​

  8. Once the new Operating System is finished downloading, tap Install Now.
  9. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  10. Your phone will power down. Then it will power back up and install.
  11. Once your Lock screen comes back up, unlock your iPhone.
  12. Follow any on-screen directions to complete the update.

Pro tip: You should always keep your compatible Apple devices updated to the latest software. This helps protect them with things like privacy updates, bug fixes, and new features. If you have an iPhone that's been around for a while, it's a good idea to learn about how to update your older iPhone safely, and what to expect when you do so.

Welcome to iOS 15! We hope you enjoy the many exciting features made available to you and iPhone users everywhere! If you change your mind and decide you don't like the new software, you can always downgrade iOS versions.  

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