iOS 11 has arrived -- here's how to update your iPhone or iPad
There are two methods to update your current device to iOS 11. Here's what you need to know to download and install Apple's latest mobile operating system.
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If you are on a Wi-Fi network, you can upgrade to iOS 11 right from your device itself -- no need for a computer or iTunes. Just connect your device to its charger and go to Settings > General > Software Update. iOS will automatically check for an update, then prompt you to download and install iOS 11.
Method 2: Via iTunes
If you are near your computer with iTunes, it might be faster to update this way. In previous years, I've found it faster to update via iTunes than over the air.
The first order of business is to update iTunes to version 12.7. On my
, I didn't see the usual Check for Updates line in the iTunes drop-down menu and instead had to open the Mac App Store where I found an iTunes update waiting to be installed.
With iTunes updated, connect your iOS device. Click the iPhone or iPad icon in the top-left corner of iTunes, next to the drop-down menu for the various sections of your iTunes library. Next, click on Check for Update > Download and Update. Follow the prompts, accept the terms, and let iTunes do its job.