Mobile Phones > iPhone & iOS How to Get iOS 14 on Your iPhone Get the latest iOS update for free by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on October 02, 2020 reviewed by Jerrick Leger Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jerrick Leger is a CompTIA-certified IT Specialist with more than 10 years' experience in technical support and IT fields. He is also a systems administrator for an IT firm in Texas serving small businesses. our review board Article reviewed on Jan 18, 2021 Jerrick Leger Tweet Share Email iPhone & iOS Switching from Android 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. Apple 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: 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. 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!). With that done, tap Settings. Tap General. Tap Software Update. 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). You may be prompted to accept terms or take other actions in pop-up windows. If so, tap them and continue. The iOS 14 update will download. How long this takes depends on how fast your connection is. 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: Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable or via Wi-Fi. 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. 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. On the iPhone management screen, click Check for Update. In the pop-up window, click Download and Install. The iOS 14 update will download. The time this takes differs based on the speed of your Internet connection. Your iPhone will install iOS 14. Agree to any onscreen prompts that appear. What Does the Orange Dot on iPhone Mean? Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up! Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire How to Upgrade to iOS 15 How to Improve Security on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch How to Downgrade From iOS 15 to iOS 14 How to Backup iPhone 8 and 8 Plus How to Upgrade Your Computer From Windows 8 to Windows 11 How to Fix the 5 Most Common iOS 15 Problems How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone How to Back up an iPhone to a MacBook How to Transfer Contacts From Samsung to an iPhone How To Update Your HomePod How to Transfer Contacts From an iPhone to a Samsung How to Fix an iPhone That Can't Update Apps How to Back Up an iPhone Without iTunes How to Sign Up for Apple's iOS Public Beta Program What to Do When Your iPhone Email Is Not Working iOS 15 Compatible Devices: Will Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Work With It?