iOS 14.5 has arrived: Download and install it on your iPhone and iPad right now
Apple's latest update for your iPhone or iPad is here, in the form of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. Here's what you need to know.
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Wait: 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.
Apple is keeping its portfolio of supported iPhone and iPad models the same as for iOS 13.
Devices that will support iOS 14, iPadOS 14
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (fourth generation)
iPhone 12 Pro
iPad Pro 11-inch (second generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (third generation)
iPhone 12 Mini
iPad Pro 11-inch (first generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second generation)
iPhone 11 Pro
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first generation)
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPhone XS Max
iPad (seventh generation)
iPad (sixth generation)
iPad (fifth generation)
iPad Mini (fifth generation)
iPhone 8 Plus
iPad Mini 4
iPad Air (third generation)
iPhone 7 Plus
iPad Air 2
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (first generation)
iPhone SE (second generation)
iPod Touch (seventh generation)
How to install iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5
The good news is if you've ever installed a software update on your phone or tablet, you'll feel right at home installing iOS 14.5. It installs just like any other software update, there aren't any extra steps you need to take. That said, 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 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5.