How to Download iOS 14 & Update Your iPhone to the Latest Apple Software

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iOS 14 is finally here! If you're reading this on September 15 and 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. Apple's new iOS update includes overall improved speed and performance, stackable Home screen widgets, Picture in picture, Pinned Messages, Inline Replies, new Memoji stickers and features, and many other improvements and fixes. Ready to update to the latest iOS update, iOS 14? If you've been wondering, "how do I update my iPhone?", we’ll cover which iPhones are compatible with iOS 14, how to get the iOS 14 download, and how to update to iOS 14 so you can begin to take advantage of the new iPhone software capabilities and features right away.

Related: iOS 13: Top Tips from Apple's New Software Update
 

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iOS 14 Compatibility: Which iPhones Are Compatible with the New iOS Update?

In addition to the newest iPhones, the following iPhone and iPod Touch versions are capable of downloading and running iOS 14:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

The iPad is not compatible with iOS 14, and now uses iPadOS.

How to Update to iOS 14

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 14!

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