The latest version of iOS is finally out. In Apple’s words this is “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.” So how do you get it? How to install iOS on iPhone, iPad or iPod?
Before you install it, here are two really important things to do.
Check if your Apple device supports iOS 7:
iOS 7 is supported by iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. It is also supported by iPad 2, third and fourth-generation iPads, iPad mini and the fifth generation of iPod Touch. Some features of the iOS may not work on your device. If your device is compatible, it is time to proceed to the next step.
Create a backup:
While installing iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad, you wouldn’t want to get the new iOS without old settings and data, would you? Getting a new OS could wipe out all your data and settings. If you don’t regularly backup the data on your iPhone or iPad, now is a good time. You’d like your favorite apps and settings to transition to iOS 7 and for that you’ll need to take a backup.
You can take a backup your device in two ways, backing up to iCloud or by backing up data to your Mac or PC via iTunes. If you’ve enabled the option to backup data to iCloud, your device usually takes a backup automatically when it’s charging, locked and connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can check when the last backup was performed by tapping on iCloud in Settings.
If you have created a backup, then time to get iOS 7 on your Apple device.
iOS 7 installation on your “i” device:
You can either install iOS 7 directly to your iOS device through an over-the-air Software Update via Wi-Fi or connect it to your computer and install the update through iTunes.
To upgrade over the air installation of iOS 7 is also an easy option to opt for, go to the Settings menu, tap on General and then on Software Update. Wait for the update message to appear and tap on Download and Install.
If you want to install the update through your PC or Mac instead, connect your device to the computer and wait for iTunes to open or fire it up manually. You’d typically get a software update prompt but if you don’t just go to the device Summary page by clicking on the name of your iOS device, and click on the ‘Check for Update’ button, and click on Download and Update.
Your iPhone will restart with an Apple logo on the display. You will also see a progress bar. Then, you’ll see a welcome screen and you will be prompted to enable Location Services.
Congratulations!! You now have iOS 7 on your Apple device.