To ensure your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are up to date, turn on an Automatic iOS updates on iPhone or iPad to have the latest version of the iOS software downloaded automatically when available. Turning Automatic Updates on ensures that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is always running the latest commercially available version of the iOS software.
Running the latest iOS edition helps protect your devices from malware and any known exploits that would put your private data at risk of being hijacked by malicious apps.
How to automatic iOS updates on iPhone or iPad
Automatic Updates enabled in iOS, the iOS software update will download itself and install itself automatically overnight when the iPhone or iPad is not in use, as long as it’s connected to a charger and wi-fi. Here’s how to enable automatic iOS system software.
Step 1: Open the “Settings” app in iOS.
Step 2: Go to “General” and then to “Software Update”, then Click on “Automatic Updates”.
Step 3: Toggle the Automatic Updates switch to the “ON” position to enable automatic iOS updates.
Now your iPhone or iPad will download and install any available iOS software updates as they arrive.
Note: this is just the iOS system software that will be automatically updated, and not the apps on the device.
Automatic iOS updates on iPhone or iPad, iPhone or iPad must be connected to wi-fi, and plugged in and charging for automatic iOS updates to work. If the device is disconnected from wi-fi or not charging, it will not run software updates. Similarly if there are no software updates available, nothing will be installed.
Turn off iOS updates automatically on iPhone or iPad
Like most other features in iOS, you can also change course and disable automatic iOS system software updates.
Step 1: Open the “Settings” app and go to “General” and then click to “Software Update”
Step 2: Choose “Automatic Updates” and toggle the switch to the “OFF” position.
With the automatic iOS updates on iPhone or iPad feature disabled, you’ll need to manually update system software when it becomes available again. And if you’re turning off automatic iOS system software updates, you might want to disable automatic app updates too while in iOS Settings.