Here's what's new in the latest version of iOS, as well as how to update, downgrade, join the beta programs, and more.
- Should you upgrade to iOS 12?
- Which iPhones and iPads are compatible with iOS 12?
- How to back up your iPhone or iPad
- How to download and install iOS 12
- How to troubleshoot common iOS install problems
Should you upgrade to iOS 12?
With the latest version of iOS 12, you may be thinking "I can upgrade from iOS 11!" But you really need to be asking yourself "Should I?"
Even though iOS 11 and iOS 12 carry a lot of similarities, you shouldn't expect the same user experience across both operating systems. Here are some things to consider before you hit that install button tomorrow.
Which iPhones and iPads are compatible with iOS 12?
As technology improves, older devices have a difficult time keeping up with major software changes. That's why Apple puts a limit on how old your device can be and still be compatible with new operating systems each year.
Here's a list of every device that is compatible with Apple's latest iOS 12 update.
How to back up your iPhone or iPad
Your iPhone or iPad store all your photos, messages, health data, documents, accessory setups, settings, and more. In other words, your memories and your preferences.
Your data is important, even precious, and should be treated as such. Before you download any software, you should always back up your device.
How to download and install iOS 12
Looking to download the latest version of iOS? Here's everything you need to know about getting the latest version on your iPhone or iPad, as well as what's new in the update.
We've also got tips about when to update, when to hold off, and whether it's better to install directly or use iTunes. (Spoiler: It's almost always better to install it directly.)
How to troubleshoot common iOS install problems
iOS is now 12! Installing the update only requires a few steps.
Normally, it should be a quick and easy process — but things can and do go wrong. If it times out, fails to verify, won't download, won't complete, or won't reboot, you'll need to troubleshoot. Here's what you can do!
Questions about updating?
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Updated September 2018: Updated for iOS 12.