iOS 13: How to Update to Apple’s Newest iOS on the iPhone

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iOS 13 is finally here! When you're ready to install the new OS, open the Settings app and select General then Software Update to begin the installation process. If you're reading this on September 19 and haven't yet received an update notice on your iPhone yet, be patient; Apple rolls out its software update gradually on the release date. Apple's new operating system update includes overall improved speed and performance, a more user-friendly Photos app, Dark Mode, 3D and street-level maps, Memoji updates, a swipe-to-type keyboard, and many other improvements and fixes. Ready to update to iOS 13? We’ll cover what devices are compatible with iOS 13 and how to accomplish this software update so you can begin to take advantage of these new capabilities and features right away.

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Which Devices Are Compatible with iOS 13?

In addition to the newest iPhones, the following iPhones are capable of downloading and running iOS 13:

The iPad and iPod Touch are not compatible with iOS 13. The iPad now uses the iPad OS and the iPod Touch still operates with iOS 12.

How to Update to iOS 13

If you don't see the update as available right away once Apple has announced its release, give it 24 hours. By then, the software update should be rolled out to all users.

To update your iPhone to Apple's latest operating system:

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

    ios update
     
  5. Select Software Update.
  6. Tap Download and Install.​


     
  7. This process will take a few minutes, and you'll see a 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.

Welcome to iOS 13!

 

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