How to Update Your iPhone

How to Update Your iPhone

Tired of using an older version of iOS? It’s time to update your iPhone. It’s an easy process that won’t take up much of your time.  You can either do it directly on your phone using Settings or on a Mac or Windows computer.

Update your iPhone from Settings

  1. Tap Settings.

    Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Settings.

  2. Select General.

    General Settings on the iPhone
    Tap General.

  3. Tap Software Update.

    Software Update in the iPhone Settings
    Tap Software Update.

  4. If your iPhone isn’t updated, new iOS versions will appear here.
    New iOS Versions in Software Update Settings
    Any new update will show up here.


  5. For example, if there is an update available, it will look like something like this.
    Download and Install iOS on the iPhone
    Tap Download and Install. (Source:


Update Your iPhone on a Mac

If your iPhone doesn’t show any new updates in the settings, and you know it needs an update, you can update your device on your Mac. The steps below were taken on macOS Monterey.

  1. On your Mac, open Finder.

    Finder Window in MacBook Pro
    Open a Finder window.

  2. Connect your device to your Mac using a USB-C cable or a USB adapter if you don’t have a Lightning to USB-C cable, and it will appear in the list of devices under “Locations”.

    Device Connected to MacBook Pro
    Your device will appear under Locations after you connect it to your MacBook.

  3. Click on your device.

    General Information About the Device on MacBook Pro
    Go to your device’s settings.

  4. Under the General tab, select Check for Update. If there’s a new update available, click on Download and Update.

    iOS Updates on MacBook Pro
    Click on Check for Updates.

Update your iPhone on Windows

  1. Open iTunes on your Windows PC. If you don’t have iTunes on your pc, you can download it from here.

    iTunes on Windows PC
    Open iTunes.

  2. Connect your device and you’ll see it in the iTunes window.

    Device's Information in iTunes
    Connect your device to your PC.

  3. Go to “Summary” and select Check for Update. If there is any new update available, click on Download and Update.

    iPhone Updates in iTunes
    Check for updates in iTunes.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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