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How to Upgrade to iOS 7

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The iOS 7 update delivers a new iPhone and iPad experience that changes the looks, features and functionality of the iPhone and iPad. The iOS 7 upgrade arrives today to bring a new iPhone experience to users who cannot buy the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s.

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Apple delivers the iOS 7 update to all compatible iPhone and iPad devices at the same time, with no delay from carrier to carrier, so as long as you own an iPad 2 or newer or iPhone 4 or newer you should be able to upgrade to iOS 7.

The biggest new iOS 7 features include Control Center, revamped Multitasking and a new Notification Center that includes a Today view that brings reminders and appointments to your Notification Center for fast access.

Update: The iOS 7 Download is now Available

The whole look of iOS 7 is different with a new lock screen, all new iPhone and iPad apps from messaging to Notes and much more. It may take a little time to get used to, so if you aren’t immediately sold on the looks, give it some time, but keep in mind you cannot downgrade to iOS 6. The video below shows many of the best iOS 7 features.

Read: 10 iOS 7 Features That You’ll Hate

The iOS 7 update brings these features to the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini and iPod touch 5th gen. Not every feature will arrive on all of the devices.

Prepare for the iOS 7 Update

Upgrading to iOS 7 should be straightforward, but there are some steps we recommend users take before tapping Install iOS 7 on their iPhone or iPad.

Read: 7 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 7

While Apple’s updates don’t often cause issues that lead to lost data, just as with any update we recommend users make sure they have completed a recent backup to iCloud or iTunes. From there the iOS 7 update is relatively fast.

How to Upgrade to iOS 7

Users can upgrade to iOS 7 without plugging in to their computer, which makes the update much easier. The directions below will guide you through the iOS 7 update process. Users should connect to a WiFi network to download the large file. Users will also need to make sure their device has at least a 50% battery life.

While the iPhone or iPad is updating you cannot use it to surf the web, send a text or make or receive calls, so make sure you have enough downtime before starting. You will need enough space on the iPhone or iPad to complete the update, it’s note clear how much that is, but if you get an error you may need to delete a movie or uninstall a large app. Plugging into iTunes may let you skip this issue.

Upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7 will not delete any of your apps, music, text messages or data. The phone will install the software, reboot and all of your accounts and information will be there.

Update: iTunes 11.1 is out. Users can install it before or after the iOS 7 upgrade process, but we recommend against performing a backup in iOS 6 on iTunes 10.5 and then trying to restore an iOS 7. Essentially it’s a good idea to only update one piece at a time.

1. Open up the Settings App. This is normally on the home screen, but if you cannot find it press the home button twice slowly to open search and type Settings.

Step one of upgrading to iOS 7.

Step one of upgrading to iOS 7.

2. Tap on General, which will open up a list of additional settings.

Step 2 of upgrading to iOS 7.

Step 2 of upgrading to iOS 7.

3. Near the top, tap on Software Update. This will automatically look for the iOS 7 update specific to your device.

Step 3 of installing the iOS 7 update.

Step 3 of installing the iOS 7 update.

4. After a short wait, the device should show an iOS 7 update available to download. Tap Download and when prompted tap install. You can use the iPhone or iPad while the iOS 7 download is in progress.

The iOS 7 download is now available.

The iOS 7 download is now available.

Upgrade to iOS 7 on iTunes

If you wish to upgrade to iOS 7 on iTunes you will need a charing cable, still need 50% battery life, but this method should help users get the update without worrying about space issues.

1. Plug the iPhone or iPad into the computer running iTunes.

2. If you need to, let the iPhone sync and perform a backup. (Optional: Transfer purchases)

Find your iPhone or iPad in iTunes.

Find your iPhone or iPad in iTunes.

3. If you don’t see the iPhone option in the upper right, click on Library. Then Click on iPhone or iPad.

Click Check for update to upgrade to iOS 7.

Click Check for update to upgrade to iOS 7.

4. Click Check for Update and let the process run through downloading and installing iOS 7.

During this process do not disconnect the device from the computer. Users may find that the iOS 7 download takes a while on the first day. If it is taking too long, users may want to wait and install iOS 7 later.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

41 Comments

  1. Gary

    09/18/2013 at 10:36 am

    You have to have 3.1 GB available on your device to get this update. iTunes fails to tell you that but your phone (General ->Software Update) will let you know.

  2. williamksk

    09/18/2013 at 10:45 am

    tried to update but keep getting error notices… even after deleting almost everything.

    • Giovanni Franccesco Isaza

      09/18/2013 at 10:53 am

      Having this exact issue. all it does it get an error message. what should we do ?

    • Robert

      09/18/2013 at 11:20 am

      Turn of “Find my Iphone”

      • KC

        09/18/2013 at 12:09 pm

        Why?

    • ronak

      09/19/2013 at 3:24 am

      accept the terms and condition 1st from store. for that simply download any small application it will directly take you to new terms and condition then you wont have any trouble

  3. Arnulfo

    09/18/2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m on ios 7 gm can I update to ios 7 without a computer ???

    • KC

      09/18/2013 at 12:09 pm

      Yes!

  4. Kiranpal

    09/18/2013 at 11:01 am

    Its showing error while downloading

  5. [email protected]

    09/18/2013 at 11:16 am

    this is some staight up bull shit i cant even update theses hoes getting us exited for nothing

  6. Lindsay

    09/18/2013 at 11:20 am

    If it takes 3.1 GB to update and that’s all the space I have left will that mean I won’t be able to have any space left at all once it’s downloaded?

    • karin

      09/18/2013 at 12:36 pm

      i think you will have space it only takes that much to down load it lucky you I have only 3.0 left and I already delete a lots of things I think you need 32 or 16 gb messed up

  7. Angie

    09/18/2013 at 11:28 am

    Mine doesn’t even show an update is available and mine is an iPhone 5
    :(

    • KC

      09/18/2013 at 12:04 pm

      Connect to wifi, it will show :)

    • karin

      09/18/2013 at 12:38 pm

      you have to connect it to itune

  8. juck linn

    09/18/2013 at 12:27 pm

    my ph on a jailbreak how i can get ios 7

    • ronak

      09/19/2013 at 3:44 am

      avoid if your ph is jail break else it will lock again

  9. Dc

    09/18/2013 at 1:00 pm

    mine downloaded but it didn’t update!:(

  10. d

    09/18/2013 at 1:13 pm

    mine also downloaded but did not update

  11. Daisy

    09/18/2013 at 1:20 pm

    Mines downloaded but when its going to install it saids software update unavailable.

  12. JONESEY

    09/18/2013 at 1:29 pm

    MINE ALSO DOWNLOADED BUT IT WONT UPDATE

    • Vipul

      09/18/2013 at 1:45 pm

      which iphone are you using ?

  13. Micah

    09/18/2013 at 1:34 pm

    Same

  14. Jenna

    09/18/2013 at 1:55 pm

    I cant because i have a stupid ipod 4g and cant afford to upgrade :(

  15. Kaitlyn

    09/18/2013 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t have the update? And I have an iPhone 5

  16. Jackie Q

    09/18/2013 at 2:23 pm

    Will it stop updating on my laptop if I bring the laptop out or does it need wifi to continue updating?

    • ronak

      09/19/2013 at 3:26 am

      its better to update with wifi

  17. ⚡Beautifull⚡ (@BlondeBlue_)

    09/18/2013 at 4:53 pm

    My update is not showing , why isn’t it ?

  18. S ahmad

    09/18/2013 at 6:15 pm

    I have ipad 2 and not showing ios7 update available

  19. Murray

    09/18/2013 at 6:32 pm

    I have 4s and I too didn’t get iOS 7 on software update. Help me on the next step!!!

  20. Matt

    09/18/2013 at 6:47 pm

    In iTunes (v11.1) it says I need version 11.0.5 to download iOS7. Any help?

    • ronak

      09/19/2013 at 3:28 am

      update direct with wifi if you dont want to update iTunes

  21. Ken

    09/18/2013 at 6:56 pm

    Remember, everyone in the USA and elsewhere is attempting to download iOS7 today, so the Apple servers are getting bombarded and stressed. You may need to give it a day or two to settle down. An article I found indicates on 16GB phones only you need 3.1 to 3.3 GB of space before installing iOS7, which means you may need to offload some pictures or delete some apps that can later be installed. You will get the 3.1 – 3.3 GB of space back once the upgrade completes.

  22. Krista

    09/18/2013 at 8:10 pm

    I have iPhone 5 with 11 gb available and connected to wifi and not showing any ios7 update…

    • ronak

      09/19/2013 at 3:59 am

      accept all terms and condition from apple store first

  23. Jen

    09/19/2013 at 2:07 am

    Attempted to update iPhone 4, deleted all messages, apps, notes, email accounts, photos, music, contacts, and reminders. Still 0.7 GB short…………..

  24. Mike

    09/19/2013 at 8:21 am

    Lost all my messages after update. What can I do?

  25. K

    09/19/2013 at 10:13 am

    Updated no problem but now not receiving texts……tthey are coming thru on my i pad!!!??? Uhg!!!!

  26. Hokage

    09/22/2013 at 12:25 pm

    Can anyone help me what can i co with my iPad after i downloaded the update file, the screen is black and i can only see the iTune icon in the middle and my iPad is totally not functioning.

  27. K.J.

    10/04/2013 at 2:59 pm

    Started my download for the 7 by plugging into my computer… It says its going to take 6 hours-but I see no progress yet?? And my phone isn’t saying its upgrading or anything..

  28. iOS 7 download links

    10/08/2013 at 2:14 am

    While it is easy to install an iOS update on iPhone, and iPad devices, but still people found it difficult for them. With OTA update, iOS 7 download required more space, while users can still install and retrieve their old data using full version download of iOS 7 on computers.

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