How to Check iPhone or iPad for iOS updates

How to check your iPhone or iPad has the latest iOS (Operating System) updates installed, and if not, how to install them.

Backup before Updating

It is always wise to backup your iPhone or iPad before attempting any updates.

Updating iPhone or iPad

The process for updating iOS is almost identical for the iPhone or the iPad

  1. Click on the “Settings” Icon, then “General” then “Software Update


Unless you are connected to a Wi Fi network or have mobile broadband you may get the following error


Switch WI FI on (and plug in the power lead to make sure your device does not run out of battery)

If you see a message saying their is an available update and there is a “Download” or “Download and Install” option



iOS update 14.8

If you see an image such as the following, your iPhone or iPad is up-to-date and no further action is required.

iOS is up to date

4. Once connected to the Internet, the iOS software update can commence.

5. Tap “Download” or “Download and Install“.

If a message asks you to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed. If you tap Cancel, learn what to do next.

6. To update now, tap “Install“.

Or you may have the option to tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight. If asked, enter your passcode. If you don’t know your passcode, learn what to do.

Alternatively – Install iOS updates using iTunes and the charger cable

Once iTunes has been loaded connect your devices together with a USB  cable and iTunes should immediately start

Your iPhone or iPad comes with a cord which you will use daily to recharge your iPhone or iPad and will look something like this



Connecting the cable between your iPhone or iPad, to a Mac Computer or a Windows PC or Laptop

If iTunes does not start automatically, manually start it from the menu. If detected your device should appear automatically in the iTunes interface. iTunes will detect the name and capacity of your devices, the current operating system (iOS) and the update status.

Click on “Check for Update

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