Install iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 starting tomorrow. We show you how to download it to your iPhone or iPad

Apple will release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16, bringing plenty of new features and performance improvements to its iPhone and iPad line (here’s how to prepare your iPhone or iPad today). The announcement was made at Apple’s Sept. 15 “Time Flies” event, where the company also announced two new Apple Watches, and a revamped iPad Air. a close up of a cell phone: iOS 14 arrives Sept. 16. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET© Provided by CNET iOS 14 arrives Sept. 16. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

Apple’s been continuously updating its iOS software since releasing the first iPhone in 2007, and the first iPad in 2010. In most recent years, the company’s added features such as a dark mode, improved multitasking on the iPad putting apps side by side and new privacy features such as Sign In with Apple, which is designed to keep apps from collecting information from you without your knowledge.

iOS 14 brings a number of refinements large and small to iPhones including the ability to pin widgets to your home screen and have picture-in-picture video.

Below you’ll find instructions for installing the update, once it’s live on Sept. 16. 

Get your iPhone or iPad ready before installing the update

It’s easy to get really excited and install a new software update and all of its fancy features the moment it’s available, but don’t get too overzealous. I suggest taking a few minutes to do some routine maintenance on your iPhone or iPad before tapping on that install button. Not only will it help ensure a smooth update, but you’ll free up storage and clutter in the process, and you’ll have a fresh backup at the ready should anything go wrong when you install the update. 

We have a guide that walks you through cleaning up your device’s storage and the best method for creating a backup. Does your phone run iOS 13? Then it will run iOS 14. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CNET Does your phone run iOS 13? Then it will run iOS 14. Angela Lang/CNET

Which iPhones and iPads are supported?

Apple is keeping its portfolio of supported iPhone and iPad models the same as for iOS 13. a screenshot of a cell phone: App Library clears up the clutter on your home screen in iOS 14. Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET App Library clears up the clutter on your home screen in iOS 14. Jason Cipriani/CNET

How to install iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 

Once the update goes live, usually around 10 a.m. PT, you’ll install it just like any other software update. It’s a good idea to have your device plugged into a charger to ensure you don’t drain the battery, and a strong Wi-Fi connection will help speed up the process without burning through your data plan. On your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select General

3. Tap Software Update. 

Your device will connect to Apple’s servers and prompt you to download and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, it will be running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. 


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