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How to update your iOS on your iPhone or iPad

If you are an Apple user or you are planning to buy your first Apple product, its best you understand how to update your iOS version. Every year, Apple tends to release a new version of their operating system (iOS). Every new iOS system manages to fix a specific bug and vulnerabilities. Also comes with additional new features.

On September 2017, Apple launched a new iOS system, iOS 11. The new iOS 11 is compatible with a number of Apple products. These include;


  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 plus
  • iPhone 6 s
  • iPhone 5 s
  • iPhone 5e


  • 9-inch iPad Pro
  • 2nd Generation
  • 9 inch iPad Pro
  • 1 st Generation
  • 5-inch iPad Pro
  • 7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air
  • 5th Generation
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2


  • iPod Touch
  • 6th Generation

So Why Should You Upgrade your Apple Product to the new iOS 11 version?

  • Increase productivity for iPads

Each day, people want to carry out their work with ease. Apple has realized the potential market gap thus the introduction of iPads, which nowadays is beginning to act more like a laptop. To move people towards that direction, Apple has introduced iOS 11 which comes with various content creation tools allowing the user to multitask.  With the new iOS 11, you can quickly launch multiple apps. You can also easily drag and drop images, texts, and files.

  • Improved File Management

The new iOS 11 comes with a file app which is an advancement of the iCloud Drive App launched in iOS 9. The latest file app comes with a central place where you can easily store your files. The new file management allows the user to quickly access the documents required and also let the user get things done with ease.


One of the things that make Apple great is the use of Siri. Apple is making efforts to make Siri more human so that any Apple user can be comfortable with the virtual assistant. The new iOS system has taken Siri to another level as it sounds more human compared to the previous version.

Also, the new Siri in iOS 11, gives you assistance depending on the data collected. It collects data from the news you are reading and also from the web pages you are visit. It also goes through your emails. For instance, the new Siri in iOS 11 can give send you a notification to inform that your flight time it's almost after going through your emails

  • More Storage Space

The new iOS 11 comes with a new compression system called HEVC. HEVC allows you to store high-resolution images and videos. Thus reducing cutting down on storage by 50%.

The new system also uses AI, which scans through your photos to customize the presentation of pictures and videos. The new iOS 11 allows you to edit Live Photos and also uses Computer Vision to be able to loop through Live Photos

  • Easy Payments

As more people prefer digital payment, Apple has made it easier for Apple users to send payments and receive payments. Through the use of Siri, you can instruct Siri to send payments using the credit or debit cards registered in your wallets. After receiving payments, you will receive notification from the new Apple Pay Cash wallet

  • Safe Driving

The new iOS version allows you to drive with comfort. It can quickly detect motion while you are driving and shut off texts and notifications, to reduce any distractions. Also, the maps will notify you when approaching fast turns


So how does one update his iOS system?

Updating iOS system is not rocket science, and with these simple steps, you can quickly update your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Back up your iPhone or iPad

Before beginning to update your iPhone, it is essential that you take your time to back up your system. You can quickly back up your phone or iPad using iCloud or iTunes. This can take some minutes depending on the available data you want to back up in your iCloud or iTunes.


Every Apple ID comes with 5GB storage, which you could store contacts, documents, pictures, emails from others. However, if the available storage is less than the required, you could upgrade the storage capacity. Apple offers additional 50 GB for $0.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month and 2TB at $ 9.99 per month.

  1. Create Space

After backing up your iPhone ensure that there is enough space. You can temporarily delete some apps which you can reinstall them after the update.


  1. Ensure that there is enough power

Depending on your iOS system version, an update can take several minutes and even some instance hours. So before beginning to update your iOS system ensure that there is plenty of power. Alternatively, you can plug it into a power source as it updates itself

  1. Wi-fi

Upgrading your iOS system using your mobile data can be somewhat costly. So instead ensure that your iPhone is connected to strong Wi-Fi connectivity.

  1. Option 1

Go to the setting icon on your Apple Product


After selecting the setting icon, scroll downwards, you will find a software update option. Tap the option


You will be able to see if they are any available update or if your Apple product is up to date. If you iPhone or iPad is not up to date, you will see an option of Download and Install.

 Be patient as it may take several minutes or hour depending on the previous version you were using

  1. Option 2; Updating via iTunes on your MacBook

Take USB cable and connect your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook.

Go to your iTunes

When connected, your iTunes may display the following icon

ITunes gives you two option, Download Only and Download and Update. If you wish to just download the latest version then install the new iOS system later, place the download only.

If you wish to download and update the new iOS system version. Click download and update. The software will proceed to download and install the latest version into your system.

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