How to Install iOS 10

The iOS 10 update arrives today with tons of new iOS 10 features, important security fixes and upgrades including new iMessage apps.  This guide will show you how to install iOS 10 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Apple plans release the iOS 10 update on September 13th as a free upgrade. Users can start the iOS 10 download directly on their iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. If you prefer to install the iOS 10 update with iTunes we’ll also show you that option.

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You can use this tutorial to upgrade to iOS 10 from iOS 9, iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3.2, iOS 9.3.3, iOS 9.3.4 or iOS 9.3.5 There is no need to upgrade through different versions, updating now will install the latest version.

How to install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad.

How to install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad.

This guide will also help you upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 10, but if you do that, you should prepare for a longer upgrade process and you need to make sure you want to do this as there is no going back.

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Make sure you prepare by following this list of 10 things to do before installing iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad. This will keep your data safe and help you upgrade faster and easier.

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The iOS 10 update takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete if you have a fast Internet connection and don’t run into any iOS 10 installation problems. In order to install the iPhone or iPad needs 50% or more battery life and needs a WiFi connection. The iOS 10 installation will take longer to complete during the first 24 hours.

How to Download iOS 10 and Install the iOS 10 Update

In most cases the iOS 10 update will download in a 15 to 20 minutes. The iOS 10 update is 1.79GB on some iPhone devices so the length of time will vary based on how fast your Internet connection is.

If you cannot get past the initial download, you should restart your phone and try again. If it is still slow you may want to wait or try using iTunes.

You do not need to wait for an alert or a small red bubble on the Settings app to install iOS 10. Here’s what you need to do on iPhone or iPad when you are on a WiFi network.

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How to Check for the iOS 10 update.

How to Check for the iOS 10 update.

This process will take 30 to 60 minutes on a fast connection with no errors, but it could take hours on the first day if you run into problems or if the servers are packed. You can use the iPhone while the iOS 10 download completes, but not during the installation.

  1. Tap on General.
  2. Tap on Software Update.
  3. Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
  4. Or, Tap on Download and Install to start.

    Install the iOS 10 update.

    Install the iOS 10 update.


  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
  7. Wait for the iOS 10 download to complete.
  8. When prompted tap Install.

When the update completes, which may take two restarts or two times where you see the Apple logo, you should see a Hello screen, where you swipe to complete the update. If prompted enter your Apple ID password to finish the installation. In some cases you may simply need to enter your passcode to unlock the phone and start using it. If you forget your Apple ID, you need to reset it at iforgot.apple.com.

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How to Install iOS 10 with iTunes

If you do not want to install the iOS 10 update over the air by downloading direct to your iPhone or iPad, you can plug it into iTunes and allow it to check for an update there.

Use iTunes to install iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad if you run into issues.

Use iTunes to install iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad if you run into issues.

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Connect the iPhone to the computer with a lightning cable. You may get a pop up notification when you do this allowing you to download and install iOS 10, but if you don’t use the directions below.

  1. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the upper left.
  2. Click on Check for Update.
  3. Click Download and Update.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. When needed, enter your passcode

This isn’t typically faster, but if you have trouble downloading the iOS 10 update this can bypass some errors.

29 iOS 10 Features Worth Upgrading For

iOS 10 Messages, Emojis & Features

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iOS 10 Messages, Emojis & Features

The iOS 10 Messages app is completely new with changes to emoji, app access, stickers, and all kinds of upgrades to the way you communicate with other users. There is even an invisible ink option.

When in messages you can see videos you get play in line while you keep talking. Videos now also play inline in Safari. When you tap the camera icon you immediately see what is in front of your screen.

The iOS 10 Emoji are three times bigger in the transcript and you now see Emoji predictions when you type. After you type a message you can tap the emoji keyboard and iOS 10 highlights words you can substitute emoji for.

New Bubble effects allow you to shout or whisper when you send a message and there are even full screen animation options when you really need to impress. An invisible ink sending option hides what someone is saying until you swipe.

iPhone users can send handwritten messages, taps with Digital touch and share a heartbeat. When someone shares something awesome you can reply with a tap-back by tapping on message to share a special short reply.

There are now stickers and you can doodle and draw on photos you take to really spice up your messages. You may not need other keyboards to deliver all your creativity. 

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