How to Install iOS 10.2.1

The iOS 10.2.1 update arrives today with tons of new iOS 10.2 features, important iOS 10.2.1 security fixes and upgrades. This guide will show you how to install iOS 10.2.1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 on January 23rd as a free upgrade. Users can start the iOS 10.2.1 download directly on their iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. If you prefer to install the iOS 10.2.1 update with iTunes we’ll also show you that option.

You can use this tutorial to upgrade to iOS 10.2.1 from iOS 9 or iOS 10. There is no need to upgrade through different versions, updating now will install the latest version.

Learn how to install iOS 10.2.1.

Learn how to install iOS 10.2.1.

This guide will also help you upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 10.2.1, 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 10.2.1 on your iPhone or iPad. This will keep your data safe and help you upgrade faster and easier.

The iOS 10.2.1 update takes about 10-15 minutes to complete if you have a fast Internet connection and don’t run into any iOS 10.2 installation problems. In order to install the iPhone or iPad needs 50% or more battery life and needs a WiFi connection. The iOS 10.2.1 installation may take longer to complete during the first 24 hours.

How to Download iOS 10.2.1 and Install the iOS 10.2.1 Update

In most cases the iOS 10.2.1 update will download in a 5 to 20 minutes. The iOS 10.2.1 update is less than 100MB 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 10.2.1. Here’s what you need to do on iPhone or iPad when you are on a WiFi network.

How to Check for the iOS 10.2.1 update.

How to Check for the iOS 10.2 update.

This process will take 5-15  minutes on a fast connection with no errors. You can use the iPhone while the iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 update.

    Install the iOS 10.1 update.

  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
  7. Wait for the iOS 10.2.1 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 be able to start using your iPhone again.

You may 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 10.2.1 with iTunes

If you do not want to install the iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 on your iPhone or iPad if you run into issues.

Use iTunes to install iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2. 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 10.2.1 update this can bypass some errors.

What’s New in iOS 10.2.1 & iOS 10.2

New iOS 10.2 Emoji

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New iOS 10.2 Emoji

There are over 100 new iOS 10.2 emoji in this free update. You don't need to buy any apps or subscriptions to unlock them. Simply install iOS 10.2 and you will be able to start sending new faces, food, animals, sports and professions.

The people you send the new iOS 10.2 emoji to will need iOS 10.2 installed to see them. They may need iOS 10.2 to see some of the redesigned emoji based on our testing during the beta.

Some of the new iOS 10.2 emojis include;

  • Clown Emoji
  • Prince
  • Mother Christmas
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • Lying Face
  • Drooling Emoji
  • Nauseated Face
  • Sneezing Face
  • Shrug
  • Man in a Tux emoji
  • Pregnant woman
  • Face Palm
  • Cal Me Hand
  • Fingers Crossed Emoji
  • Handshake
  • Gorilla
  • Fox Face
  • Deer
  • Rhino
  • Bat
  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Owl
  • Lizard
  • Croissant
  • Baguette
  • Peanuts
  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Whisky Emoji
  • Spoon
  • Scooter
  • Canoe
  • First Place Medal
  • Goal Net
  • Fencer
  • Wrestlers

Apple also adds in new professions to the emojis including male and female versions of these new options including artists, astronauts, cooks, factory workers, farmers, firefighters, health worker, judges, mechanics, office workers, pilots, teachers and much more.

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