iOS 12: How to Update to Apple’s Latest Version of iOS on iPhone & iPad

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

iOS 12 is finally here! If you're reading this on September 17 and haven't yet received an update notice on your iPhone or iPad, 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 organized Notification Center, Memojis, improved AR experience, Screen Time features to improve parental controls and fight screen addiction, an updated Photos app with new editing and sharing capabilities, and many other improvements and fixes. Ready to update to iOS 12? We’ll cover what devices are compatible with iOS 12 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 12?

According to Apple, the following devices are capable of downloading and running iOS 12:

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How to Update to iOS 12

(It's good to note that 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, iPad, or iPod Touch to Apple's latest operating system:

It's always a good idea to back up your device to iCloud or iTunes. After you've made your backup: 

  • Plug your device into power and make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. 
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on General.

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  • Tap on Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install.

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This process will take a few minutes, and you'll see a notification like the one in the image below, with a blue line indicating update progress.

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

Welcome to iOS 12!

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