How to Install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad With & Without iTunes

How to Install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad With & Without iTunes

Apple has recently released its latest update for the iOS mobile operating system. As always, this update is available for every iPhone, iPad or iPod users for free.

As stated by Apple, It is the biggest iOS update yet and is fully packed with lots of new features and improvements. Down below you can find some of the major updated features:

  • Enhanced Messages App – Apple has updated the messages app in iOS 10 by adding powerful animations which take over the entire screen, invisible ink for specific messages which are revealed after your friend swipes it over, handwritten notes, third-party stickers etc.
  • Improved Lock Screen – The Lock Screen features a new Raise to Wake feature, interactive notifications, widgets, new 3D Touch shortcuts etc.
  • Improved Siri – Siri is improved a lot in iOS 10. The developers have built an intelligent Siri which lets users interact with apps using their voice.
  • Redesigned Several Apps – The Music, News, Maps and Photos apps are redesigned and several new features are added.

These are some of the major noticeable features in iOS 10.

Although Apple has released the iOS 10 for any iPhone, iPad or iPod, only certain models are compatible with it.

iOS 10 Compatible Apple Devices list:

  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

After you make sure that your device is compatible with iOS 10 then you can continue with the Downloading and Installing process of iOS 10.

It is highly recommended that before you update or restore your Apple device on a new version of iOS, you should always do a full backup of your data and files, so you can be sure that if anything goes wrong, you have all your files secure.

How to Backup your iOS Device

There are two available methods which you can follow to do a full backup of your device; using iTunes or iCloud.

If you have a 64GB or 128GB device, then it is recommended to use the iTunes Backup method because you will have a lot of data on your device and you may have to buy additional iCloud Storage if you choose the iCloud Backup Method. Also, another reason why you should choose the iTunes Backup Method is because it does a fully backup, including your apps while on iCloud Backup, your apps data are backed up but not your apps IPA files, so you have to wait while your device download all your apps after you restore.

You can follow this article for a detailed tutorial on how to perform both backup methods and their advantages and disadvantages.

After you backup your device, you are good to go with the download and install process.

How to Download & Install iOS 10 Update to iPhone, iPad or iPod

How to Install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad With & Without iTunes

As I mentioned before, there are two available methods to get iOS 10 update on iPhone or iPad. The first one is OTA method, which means Over-The-Air and you only need an internet connection on your iOS device and the second one is using iTunes and your computer. I will show you both methods down below.

How to Install iOS 10 Update Over The Air (OTA):

Before you start applying this method, please make sure you have at least 50% battery left on your device because the iOS 10 is a huge file and may take some time to download and install, depending on your internet connection speed and Apple’s Servers Status.

Also, I recommend you to use a WiFi internet connection instead of cellular data because the update is more than 1GB, so additional data fees may apply if you use your cellular connection.

After you make sure that you have the required level of battery, open the Settings App on your device and go to General – Software Update. Wait for a couple of seconds until the iOS checks for new updates and the iOS 10 Update should appear to be installed.

Tap on the Download Option to download the iOS 10 update and wait for the downloading to be completed. After the download is complete, you can begin the installation process by tapping on the Install Option.

Note: You can use your device while it is downloading the iOS 10 update. You will receive a notification when the download is complete and the update is ready for installation. After you receive the notification, just go again to Settings – General – Software Update and tap on the Install Method.

How to Install iOS 10 Update using iTunes:

The second method of installing the iOS 10 Update is by using iTunes on your computer.

In order to download iOS 10 update using iTunes, you have to make sure that you have the latest iTunes version. Open iTunes and then click on the Menu Bar and click on Check for Update option.

After you install the latest iTunes, you are good to go with the download and install iOS 10 Update process.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer using the USB Lightning Cable and wait for a couple of seconds for iTunes to recognize your device.

Step 2: Then, click on the iPhone device icon to the left side of the iTunes.

Step 3: Now, click on the “Check for Update” Option in the General Tab. If the iOS 10 update is available, the iTunes will ask you if you would like to automatically download and update to iOS 10.

Step 4: After you confirm your choice, wait for the iOS 10 to be downloaded and then it will begin the installing process automatically to your device.

Note: Again, this may take a few mins to an hour, depending on Apple’s Servers and your Internet Connection Speed.

After the download and install process is finished, you will have to restore your data and files back on your device and then you are good to go.

This is the article to learn How to Install iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad With & Without iTunes.

If you have any questions, feel free to write it down below in the comments section.



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