How to download iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad

Apple’s iOS 12 has just released.  As the company’s newest operating system, it comes packed full of new features – such as ways to monitor screen time or order your photos into smartly-constructed groups. So, if you’re an avid iPhone or iPad user, it’s worthwhile updating your device so you can use it.

How to download iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad

The upcoming iPhone Xs, Xs Max and iPhone XR will come with iOS 12 installed as standard. Those of you planning on using your current, or an older device, you’ll need to download iOS 12 yourself. Thankfully iOS 12 can be downloaded on a huge selection of Apple devices. Every iPhone from the iPhone 5s onwards, any iPad since the iPad Mini 2, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch can all be updated to run iOS 12.

The process of installing iOS 12 is easy, but make sure your device has a solid internet connection and sufficient battery charge before you embark, just to avoid any hitches. Make sure your device has the required 1.27GB of space, and if not use our easy trick to free up space.

How to download iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

First of all, you’ll need to find the option to download iOS 12. You can find this under Settings | General | Software Update. Select ‘Download and Install, and agree to the Terms and Conditions.


Once accepted, iOS 12 will begin downloading. The update will take a while, so make sure your internet connection is reliable and you have plenty of charge left.

You’ll be notified when iOS 12 has downloaded, and presented with the option to install it immediately or delay until later. Now’s a good time to save any work you’re in the middle of or finish whatever game you’re playing. Don’t deliberate for too long, Apple only give you a ten-second countdown to choose.


Installing iOS 12 takes a little while and your device will be unusable during the process. It’s always best to make sure you perform the update at a time when you don’t urgently need your phone.

After the installation is complete and you’ve unlocked your phone, you’ll be greeted by a series of screens detailing some of the new features of iOS 12. For each of these you’ll be prompted to personalise the features in the settings, which you can do now or postpone until later.

Select ‘Continue’ through each screen until you’re greeted with one welcoming you to your device.


Congratulations, you’re now the proud owner of an iOS 12 device. You can use it to measure your pets, track how long you spend watching Netflix, and more. For a list of all the best features, take a look at our analysis of iOS 12.

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