Today is the big day for Apple device owners: The company is rolling out updates for its devices, including iOS 15 for iPhone, iPadOS 15 for iPad, and watchOS 8 for Apple Watch. If you want to upgrade your Apple hardware (and you should), here’s how to do it.
How to update to iOS 15 on iPhone
If you own an iPhone, you probably have downloaded an update at one point or another. However, the process is quite painless.
On your device, open Settings. From there, tap “General,” then tap “Software Update.” Your device will check for an update, and if iOS 15 was released for you, you will see a bit of information about it and the option to get it. Then tap on “Download and Install” and your device will go through the update process to the latest version of iOS.
It will need to be at least 80% battery powered or plugged in for your phone to update. Also, you may want to make a copy from security of your iPhone before updating to be sure.
How to get iPadOS 15 on iPad
If you are looking to upgrade to iPadOS 15 (and why wouldn’t you be with the extraordinary multitasking changes that brings to the table), the process is the same as on the iPhone.
Open Settings, tap ‘General’, tap ‘Software update’, then tap ‘Download and install’ once the update has been rolled out. It’s that easy.
How to download watchOS 8 on Apple Watch
You can update Apple Watch devices to watchOS 8 using the watch itself or from your iPhone. Either way, you will get many new features with the new operating system, so it is worth downloading as soon as it is available.
For update from Apple Watch , open the Settings application, then tap “General”, followed by “Software Update”. If an update is available for your device, tap “Install” and before you know it, you will have the latest version of watchOS on your device and all the benefits that come with it.
If you decide to do it from your iPhone, first open the Watch app. From there, tap on “General”, then “Software Update”. Download the update and be ready to enter your PIN on your Apple Watch if prompted. A progress wheel will appear on your Apple Watch, informing you that the installation is in progress.
Is your device eligible?
If you’re using an older iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you might be wondering if your device will be able to get iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8. This is a perfectly valid question. There are so many generations of Apple devices out there, making it difficult to track which devices are still receiving updates.
Fortunately, Apple made it easy for iPhone and iPad: all devices that received iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will get iOS 15 and iPad OS 15 . That means if your phone was deemed too old for the previous generation updates, the same would apply to these.
For watchOS 8, Apple will offer the update for Apple Watch 3 and later devices. If you have an original or Series 2 Apple Watch, you will miss this (and future) updates.