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How to Update iPhone | A Complete Guide with Screenshots

Update your iOS device periodically to improve performance, speed and stability.

Whether it is an application or operating system, the developer would release the update every now and then. Every update will include new features, or some issues will be fixed. Like other devices, Apple iPhone needs to be updated. If you aren’t running your Apple iPhone with the latest iOS version, then it’s time to update it. You must indeed update iPhone to access its latest features or to improve its performance. Don’t know how to update iPhone? Then get in to know the different procedures by which you can update iPhone iOS.

Table of Contents

  • What’s Prime Before You Update iPhone?
  • How to Update iPhone?
  • How to Enable Automatic Updates on iPhone?
  • How to Update Email Password on iPhone?
  • How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on iPhone?
  • How to Update Carrier Settings on iPhone?
  • How to Stop iPhone Update in Progress?
  • To Conclude

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What’s Prime Before You Update iPhone?

It is recommended to take a backup of your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes in PC. Taking a backup will not only retain your data but will also free up some device space on your iPhone. You will find the backup procedure at a glance here.

Backup iPhone using iCloud 

Step 1: Connect iPhone with a Wi-Fi connection.

Step 2: Go to Settings > tap on your profile > click on iCloud.

Choose iCloud
Choose iCloud

Step 3: Select iCloud Backup option. 

Tap to turn on iCloud Backup
Tap to turn on iCloud Backup

Step 4: Click on Back Up Now. Wait for the backup to complete. 

Backup iPhone using iTunes 

Step 1: Connect your iPhone with PC or Mac PC. 

Step 2: When prompted, click on Trust this Computer or enter the password.

Step 3: Locate your device on iTunes and select the required option to backup iPhone. For instance, Encrypt local backup.

Step 4: Click on Back Up Now button and wait for some time to let the backup complete it. 

Select Backup Now
Select Backup Now

How to Update iPhone?

To update the iPhone, you need not be an expert who knows every detail of iOS. The process of updating the iPhone is as simple as you make a call. While there are different ways by which you can update your iPhone, the section below guides you with the best of them. 

Update iPhone Wirelessly 

Once after you backup your phone, do the steps given below to update iPhone to the latest version wirelessly. 

Step 1: Firstly, plug in your iPhone into a power source and connect then with a Wi-Fi. 

Step 2: Now, open Settings app from the home screen and select General option.

Tap on General option
Tap on General option

Step 3: Choose Software Update to proceed further and update iPhone (4 or any version) to iOS 8 or later. 

Choose Software Update
Choose Software Update

Step 4: After that, you should click on Download and Install button.

Click on Download and Install
Click on Download and Install

Step 5: Then, tap on the Install Now button and enter the passcode of iPhone when prompted. 

Click on Install Now button
Click on Install Now button

Step 6: Click on the Agree to accept the terms and conditions. Finally, click again on Agree to confirm it.

This method works if your iPhone has some free memory before you update it to the latest OS. If you don’t have enough space, then follow the procedure given below to Update iPhone through iTunes.

How to Enable Automatic Updates on iPhone?

If your iPhone is running on iOS 12 or later, then you can set your device to automatically update it. To enable automatic update, do the following.

Step 1: Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Click on General > select Software Update

Step 3: Tap on Automatic Updates option. 

With this, your iOS will start updating whenever a new version is out without needing any manual work.

Update iPhone using iTunes 

It is possible to update iPhone using iTunes with the help of your computer. The steps given below will help you out with it.

Step 1: Connect iPhone with PC or Mac OS and then connect it with Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and locate your iPhone on your PC. 

Step 3: Click on Settings or General to then choose Check for Update.

Tap on Check for Update
Tap on Check for Update

Step 4: Tap on Download and Update option.

Step 5: When asked, provide your passcode. 

How to Update Email Password on iPhone?

If you want to update email password on iPhone, then follow the steps in order.

Step 1: On your iPhone, open Settings app.

Step 2: Select Password & Accounts/Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars option
Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars option

Step 3: Click the email address you want to update password.

Step 4: Choose Account field and then tap the Password field.

Step 5: Delete the password and type in the new password for email.

Step 6: Click the Done option and exit the settings screen. 

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on iPhone?

If you want to manually update iPhone rather than updating it automatically, then you can disable the automatic updates on iPhone easily.

Step 1: Launch iPhone Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down until you find iTunes & App Store option.

Select iTunes & App Store
Select iTunes & App Store

Step 3: Turn off the toggle available next to Updates under Automatic Downloads. 

Tap on Updates to Turn Off
Tap on Updates to Turn Off

With this, you have successfully disabled or stop iPhone update in progress.

How to Update Carrier Settings on iPhone?

With Carrier settings updates, your carrier provider will update carrier network and its related settings. With this, you will get improved network connectivity as well as the performance. To manually update carrier settings on iPhone, 

Step 1: Ensure your iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi or cellular network. 

Step 2: Click on Settings app > select General.

Click General
Click General

Step 3: Choose About option and tap on Carrier option.

Select Carrier
Select Carrier

Step 4: When there is any update, then it will be shown. Just click on Update option to update carrier settings. 

Click on Update button
Click on Update button

How to Stop iPhone Update in Progress?

When you are facing issues like update getting stuck in the middle or you cannot download, then you can stop iPhone update. To do so, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings and select General.

Click General
Click General

Step 2: Choose Software Update and check the download status.

Choose Software Update
Choose Software Update

Step 3: You will find the software still being downloaded as shown.

Software is Preparing for Update
Software is Preparing for Update

Step 4: Go to the home screen of iPhone and click on Settings > General.

Click General
Click General

Step 5: Select Storage & iCloud Usage

Step 6: Click on Manage Storage option and scroll down to find iOS icon.

Step 7: Tap on it and then tap on Delete Update option.

Click Delete Update
Click Delete Update

With this, you can cancel iPhone update or revert iPhone update.

To Conclude

Hope the article has let you easily update iPhone using iTunes as well as helped you on how to cancel iPhone update. Irrespective of the iOS version, you can follow the same procedure to update iPhone as well as stop its updating process.

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