iOS 6 is here -- read our complete iOS 6 review! -- and you'll want to make sure you update in order to take advantage of all the new features iOS 6 has to offer. While you can update over the air if you're already on iOS 5, you can also update via iTunes.
So if the update isn't showing up for you directly on your device and you just can't wait any longer to update, follow along to update the old fashioned way using iTunes.
You'll need to make sure your device is capable of running iOS 6. Features and their availability may be subject to device model but if you're device is listed below, you're good to go.
Next you'll need to make sure you have the latest version of iTunes which will be version 10.7. You can either visit iTunes.com to snag the latest update or if you're on a Mac, just run a software update and it should come through.
In the event something goes wrong with your update, you'll always want to make sure you have a current backup. If you haven't made one recently via iCloud or iTunes, make sure you do before proceeding.
If you're using iCloud, you can follow our tutorial on how to backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iCloud.
If you aren't yet using iCloud you'll want to manually create a backup in iTunes before updating.
Now that you've backed up your device you're ready to update to iOS 6.