Apple's newest software will bring your phone dark mode, a defense against spam callers and more.
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Before you dive right in and update your iPhone, make sure to do some prep work. It's a good idea to go through and delete apps you no longer use, along with photos and videos that take up precious storage space before backing up your phone.
When can I install iOS 13 or iPadOS 13?
Apple released iOS 13 on Thursday, Sept 19. iPadOS will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
As of 10 a.m. PT, iOS 13 is starting to show up for some devices right now, and should be available for all devices very shortly.
The update will be pushed out over the air, the same way current software updates are issued. Once it's live, you'll go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to download the update.
Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and your device's battery isn't too low. In fact, it's a good idea to have your device plugged in while it updates.
The update will also be available through iTunes. Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes. Click on the thumbnail of your device, which should open the Summary tab. Click Check for Update and follow the prompts.
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Originally published earlier this summer. Updated with new information.