How to Upgrade to iOS 15

Get Apple's latest iPhone operating system

What to Know

  • On iPhone:, Settings > General > Software Update. Select Download and Install, wait for the download to complete, then select Install Now.
  • Connect iPhone to computer with cable. In iTunes: Click iPhone icon in top right of iTunes, click Check for Update or Update, click Update.

iOS 15 is Apple's latest operating system for the iPhone. Although it's not officially available just yet, you'll be able to download it on your iPhone or through iTunes when it arrives.

When Can I Download iOS 15?

iOS 15 will become officially available to download sometime in the fall of 2021, with a specific date yet to be determined.

The public beta for iOS 15 became available to the public on June 30, 2021. We don't recommend using the public beta on a device you depend on day-to-day.

Which iPhones Can Get iOS 15?

If your iPhone is compatible with iOS 14, then you'll be able to get iOS 15 as well. This includes the iPhone 6S Plus and every iPhone model released after that (up to the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max).

How to Upgrade to iOS 15 on Your iPhone

You don't necessarily need to connect your iPhone to a computer to download iOS 15 when it becomes available. As long as you have an internet connection, you can download it just by using your iPhone.

Note

Before you upgrade to iOS 15, make sure to back up your iPhone first, in case you want to restore your iPhone from a backup later.

  1. Open your device's Settings.

  2. Scroll down and select General.

  3. Select Software Update.

    iOS settings with Settings, General, and Software Update highlighted
  4. If the update for iOS 15 is available, it will appear here. Select Download and Install and enter your passcode to confirm.

  5. Wait for the download to be complete. The time to wait depends on your internet speed.

  6. Select Install Now.

    Our example below doesn't show iOS 15 because it's not yet released, but the steps to upgrade to iOS 15 will be identical.

    Steps to initiate the software update on iOS with Download and Install and Install Now highlighted
  7. Your device's screen will go dark and begin the process of updating.

How to Upgrade to iOS 15 From iTunes

The other way you can get iOS 15 is to connect your device to your computer and then perform the upgrade via iTunes.

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer using a compatible USB cable (such as the one used to charge its battery with).

  2. Open iTunes.

    Tip

    While you're at it, you might also want to back up your device to iTunes before you upgrade to iOS 15.

  3. If iTunes automatically recognizes there's an update available for iOS 15 (or any update for that matter), you'll see a pop-up message immediately. If you see this, you can click Download and Update.

    iTunes with Download and Update highlighted
  4. If you don't see the pop-up message mentioned in the previous step, click the iPhone icon in the top left corner of iTunes to go to the device management screen.

  5. Click Check for Update or Update.

    iTunes screen with Update highlighted
  6. Confirm by clicking Update.

    iTunes screen with Update highlighted
  7. Wait for the download and installation process to be complete before ejecting your device from iTunes. The time you'll have to wait depends on the speed of your internet connection.

FAQ
  • How do I turn off auto-update on my iPhone?

    To turn off automatic software updates on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap Automatic Updates, and then toggle off the switch next to Automatic Updates.

  • How do I update apps on an iPhone?

    You can update apps automatically or manually. To turn on automatic app updates, go to Settings > App Store. Under Automatic Downloads, turn on the toggle switch next to App Updates. To update an app manually, open the App Store app and tap your account icon. Under Available Updates, find the app you want to update and tap Update.

  • Why won't my iPhone update?

    If your iPhone won't update its software or apps, you may not have enough storage, the iPhone may be unable to reach the update server, the update may just be taking a long time, or your device may have run out of power. There are several ways to fix an iPhone that won't update, such as restarting the iPhone, pausing and restarting the update, double-checking your Apple ID, checking your storage, and making sure iPhone restrictions are off.

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