How to Get iOS 14 on Your iPhone

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What To Know

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings General Software Update >  Install Now or Download and Install
  • Or use the Finder app (Mac) or iTunes (Windows). Go to the iPhone management screen > Check for Update > Download and Install.
  • iOS 14 can run on all iPhones from the iPhone 6S (2015) and newer.

This article will show you how to update your iPhone to iOS 14 using your phone, a Mac, or a PC.

iOS 14 screenshots
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Which iPhones Are iOS 14 Compatible?

The following devices can run iOS 14. As long as you've got one of these, you can update to iOS 14.

iPhone iPod touch
iPhone 11 series 7th Generation
iPhone XS series  
iPhone XR  
iPhone 8 series  
iPhone 7 series  
iPhone 6S series  
iPhone SE series  

While the instructions and screenshots in this article focus on the iPhone, they apply to the 7th Gen. iPod touch, too. If you have that device, follow the same instructions to upgrade to iOS 14.

How to Update to iOS 14 on Your iPhone

The quickest and simplest way to update to iOS 14 is to download it directly on your phone and install it there. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Make sure that you back up your iPhone. It's rare that something goes wrong during an iOS upgrade, but in case it does, it's crucial that you have a fresh copy of your data that you can restore onto your phone.

  2. Once you've backed up your iPhone, connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi. You can use 4G or 5G, also, but Wi-Fi is often faster and doesn't have any monthly data limits (iOS updates are big files that use a lot of data!).

  3. With that done, tap Settings.

  4. Tap General.

  5. Tap Software Update.

  6. Your iPhone will check to see if you have an update. If there's one available, tap Install Now (the button might also read Download and Install).

    Screenshots of updating to iOS 14 on an iPhone
  7. You may be prompted to accept terms or take other actions in pop-up windows. If so, tap them and continue.

  8. The iOS 14 update will download. How long this takes depends on how fast your connection is.

  9. Your iPhone will install iOS 14 and restart. When it does, you've got iOS 14. Tap any onscreen prompts and you'll be ready to start using it!

How to Update to iOS 14 Using a Mac or PC

If you prefer to update to iOS 14 using a PC or a Mac, you can do that, too. The steps are pretty similar. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable or via Wi-Fi.

  2. Back up your iPhone. The upgrade process is usually pretty smooth, but in case something goes wrong, you'll want a fresh copy of your data that you can restore onto your phone.

  3. This step differs slightly depending on if you have a Mac or Windows:

    • Windows: Open iTunes, if it's not already open, and click on the iPhone icon in the top left corner.
    • Mac: Open a new Finder window and click on your iPhone in the left-hand sidebar.

    If you're using macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and earlier, use iTunes instead of the Finder.

  4. On the iPhone management screen, click Check for Update.

    Screenshot of iPhone management screen on Mac.
  5. In the pop-up window, click Download and Install.

    Screenshot of iPhone management screen on Mac
  6. The iOS 14 update will download. The time this takes differs based on the speed of your Internet connection.

  7. Your iPhone will install iOS 14. Agree to any onscreen prompts that appear.