How to Update Your iPhone to iOS 13

It’s always a good idea to keep iOS and your apps up to date, to take advantage of new features. Upgrading your iPhone’s operating system is as easy as following these simple steps, which work whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS.

Step 1 – To check for a new version of iOS, first of all open the Settings app from the Home screen. It’s the silver- coloured icon showing a series of cogs. From the next screen, scroll up until you see the General link and then tap it.

Step 2 – In General, tap Software Update. Your iPhone checks with Apple to see if there is a newer version than the one you’re running. If there isn’t, you’re told you’re up to date, but if there is, you can install it now.

Step 3 – If an update’s available, tap the Download and Install link. You may need to plug your iPhone into a mains power supply if the battery’s low. After entering your passcode, the update downloads to your iPhone.

Step 4 – When it’s finished tap Install Now to begin the installation process. The update installs and your phone restarts; don’t turn it off whilst this is going on. After the restart, you must enter your passcode when prompted and agree to Terms and Conditions. Then you’re ready to enjoy your new version of iOS.

System requirements

Not every iPhone can run the new iOS 13. Older phones aren’t capable of doing so. If you want to run iOS 13 on your Apple smartphone, it must be one of the following models.

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPod touch (7th Gen)
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Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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