As you may have noticed today, you received a nice little message on your iPhone that iOS 6 is now available.
The update is available for both your iPhone & iPad devices, and it’s not just for the newest models either.
My daughter has an iPhone 3GS and we updated it without any problems.
Below we’ll walk you through the simple process of how to update / upgrade to Apple’s latest iOS 6.
** SEE ALSO: The Only iOS 6 Features You’ll Really Care About
How to Update iOS 6 on iPhone & iPad
(see list below of the iDevices that can be updated with iOS 6 – complete list)
Getting your iPhone and iPad updated to the latest iOS 6 is actually pretty easy, but there’s a couple things you need to do first.
1) you need to make sure you have at least 50% battery life remaining on your iPhone or iPad. This is a very specific iOS 6 update requirement. If you try to update your device with less than 50% on your battery, you won’t be able to launch the update. The only way I know this is because my iPhone was sitting at 46% when I tried to update it and was unable to because I was less than 50%.
2) You need something like 700MB or 800MB available on your device in order to upgrade. I saw the amount but didn’t think twice about it so I clicked right through it. However, now that I’m writing this article, I wish I would’ve remembered and even taken a screenshot. Anyway, the iOS 6 update is (I believe) over 800MB.
3) After you update your iPhone & iPad to iOS 6, you’ll see where Apple is really pushing their iCloud service. You’ll think you need to sign up and click thru the iCloud, but don’t be fooled. You DO NOT need to sign up for iCloud – you can just hit “cancel” and “done” and it will complete the setup.
So how to actually update / upgrade your device to iOS 6
First, make sure you have the battery life (over 50%), or you’ll need to plugin in to a charger.
Second, just click thru to your settings > find the iOS 6 update message > keep clicking through the instructions.
That’s really all you need to do. The update will take about 20 – 30 minutes and your device will reboot, then you’ll see a progress bar.
But don’t touch your device during the update process – you don’t want anything to get screwed up.
So just follow the on screen instructions – be patient – and you’ll be all set.
iPhones & iPads that can update to iOS 6
If you buy Apple’s new iPhone 5 you don’t need to do anything because iOS 6 comes preloaded. Below are the iPad, iPhone, & iPod devices that can be upgraded to iOS 6:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPod Touch (4th generation)
- iPod Touch (5th generation)
- iPad 2
- The New iPad (3rd generation)
So have you updated to iOS 6 yet?
If you are having problems, post them in the questions below and we’ll see if we can help.