How to update the iOS software on your iPhone or iPad

how to update to ios6

how to update to ios6

Yesterday we took a look at some of the new features that the new iOS 6 will add to your iPhone or iPad when it is installed.  I have been asked a few times this week how to install the new update.

I really tried to record a video to walk you through step by step how to update to iOS 6, but I couldn’t get the app I had to save the video recording of the iPad screen.  You’ll just have to checkout these screenshots!

I took these screenshots from the iPad, but the iPhone menu system is the same and these instructions will work for both devices.

First, you’ll want to find the Settings icon on your device;

settings icon

The first thing you need to do is check which version you currently have on your iDevice.  Go to the General menu item on the left and click the About menu item on the right to find out;

Here you need to look for the Version.  This will tell you the current version of the operating system you have.  If you see 5.0.0 or larger then you can continue with this tutorial.  If you have an older version than 5.0.0, then you will need to connect your device to iTunes and update there.

Ever since version 5.0.0 you can now install the update wirelessly without connecting to iTunes.  To do this you need go back to your General Settings on the left menu and click the Software Update on the right.

ios6 software update

This will bring up our final step, Download and Install the update.

download and install iOS6

The system will ask you to agree to the Terms of Service and recommend that you plug your device in during the install.  It took approximately one hour for the system to go through the entire process.  When it was done, it walked me through a few configuration options, I had to enter my iTunes password (the password I enter when downloading or updating apps), then it was complete and ready to go.

Written by Heather Gray

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