How to Install iOS 10.1

The iOS 10 update arrives today with tons of new iOS 10.1 features, important security fixes and upgrades including new iMessage apps. This guide will show you how to install iOS 10.1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


Apple released iOS 10.1 on October 24th a as a free upgrade. Users can start the iOS 10.1 download directly on their iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. If you prefer to install the iOS 10.1 update with iTunes we’ll also show you that option.

You can use this tutorial to upgrade to iOS 10.1 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, iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 10. There is no need to upgrade through different versions, updating now will install the latest version.

How to install iOS 10.1 on iPhone and iPad.

How to install iOS 10.1 on iPhone and iPad.

This guide will also help you upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 10.1, 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.

Make sure you prepare by following this list of 10 things to do before installing iOS 10.1 on your iPhone or iPad. This will keep your data safe and help you upgrade faster and easier.

The iOS 10.1 update takes about 15-30 minutes to complete if you have a fast Internet connection and don’t run into any iOS 10.1 installation problems. In order to install the iPhone or iPad needs 50% or more battery life and needs a WiFi connection. The iOS 10.1 installation may take longer to complete during the first 24 hours.


How to Download iOS 10.1 and Install the iOS 10.1 Update

In most cases the iOS 10.1 update will download in a 5 to 20 minutes. The iOS 10.1 update is 204MB on the iPhone 7. 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 10.1. Here’s what you need to do on iPhone or iPad when you are on a WiFi network.

How to Check for the iOS 10.1 update.

How to Check for the iOS 10.1 update.


This process will take 15 to 30 minutes on a fast connection with no errors. You can use the iPhone while the iOS 10.1 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 10.1 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

How to Install iOS 10.1 with iTunes

If you do not want to install the iOS 10.1 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.

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 10.1, 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 10.1 update this can bypass some errors.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 



Camera and Photos


  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library



  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes



  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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