If you’re an iPhone user, you should always ensure your iOS, the software that runs your device, is as up-to-date as possible. Not only does regularly updating your phone help to keep it secure with Apple’s latest safety enhancements, but there’s usually some cool new features to try out as part of the latest update, as Apple continues to attempt to make its iPhone the ultimate handheld device.
So, we’ve put together an iPhone update guide, laying out the simple steps you need to follow to be confident that you’re using the latest version of iOS. Not only that, but we point out all the iOS 16 update features, so you can try out all the improvements as soon as you install the latest version on your device.
For more help to get around your Apple hardware, we’ve got guides on how to scan with iPhone, how to delete apps on iPhone, how to delete albums on iPhone, and how to use an iPhone flashlight. Or, if you’re looking for something fun to get into once the update is complete, check out our picks for the best iPhone games.
How do I get the latest iPhone update?
You can update your iPhone to the latest iOS, version 16, providing its part of the iPhone 8 range or a more recent model. Unfortunately, any model pre-dating the iPhone 8 isn’t able to update to the latest software, so if you want the freshest iOS, you may need to get a newer model.
If you have an iPhone capable of upgrading to the most recent software update, follow these simple steps to update your Apple device.
- Plug your iPhone into a charger (updates can take a long time and drain a significant amount of battery)
- Unlock your iPhone
- Head to the ‘settings’ menu
- Select the ‘general’ option
- Hit ‘download and install’ at the bottom of the screen
What’s new to iPhone update 16?
As with each new iPhone update, there’s a host of new features for iOS 16, aiming to improve the general usability of Apple’s hottest product. Check out some of our favourites below.
New Lock Screen
It’s easier than ever to customise your lock screen with the iPhone update for iOS 16. You can now add images, change font and clock style, as well as add a bunch of fun filters to whatever picture you opt to use as your background. If you want to try this out, just hold the lock screen until the customise option reveals itself.
Unsend and edit messages
This new feature is one that iPhone users have been begging for over generations, and now it’s finally here. You can edit sent messages, as well as completely unsend them, so you can remove anything you might want to say in the heat of the moment but regret later from the chat. We can only imagine the number of relationships this one is going to save.
Not only can you unsend texts, but you can save yourself any workplace drama by also unsending emails. That’s just one of the new features for email, as there’s also a new scheduling option to send important communications when you’re out of the office, as well as an email reminder function pushing out a notification for you to reply before a certain time. It’s like having your own personal PA.
With that, you’re up to date on the latest iPhone update for iOS 16. To find some fun titles to try on your newly updated device, see our picks for the best mobile MMORPGs.