How to update iOS over-the-air using Software Update

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7.1 over-the-air (OTA)

When a new version of iOS arrives, the quickest, easiest way to update on-device and over-the-air (OTA) using the Software Update built into Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You need to be on Wi-Fi, be plugged in or have more than half your battery life remaining, and you need sufficient storage space left on your device to download the update, but if all those things are true, you'll be up and running the new version of iOS as fast the internet allows. If you have any problems or just want to do it old-school style, you can also update to iOS using iTunes.

How to update iOS on-device

  1. Tap on Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Towards the top, tap on Software Update.
  4. Your iPhone or iPad should now check for new software and find that an update is now available.
  5. Tap on the Download and Install option towards the bottom. You need to be on WiFi in order to download the update or this option will be greyed out.
  6. Wait for your iPhone or iPad download the new version. This can take some time depending on your internet connection speed.
  7. Tap on Install to to begin the installation procedure.

Once the install is finished your iPhone or iPad will reboot and you'll have to sign back in, but the update will be yours!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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vinny jr says:

Can this update be jailbroke???

ame says:

Unlikely given that it was JUST released.

Viseir says:

Does anyone know how to update to 7.1 with a jailbroken 5s? (Just to be clear I'm not looking to update with cud is, I don't care if I lose the jailbreak)

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

Restore in iTunes

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asuperstarr says:

Just downloaded and my device is moving faster. I hope this fix the device from shutting down.

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Gsarfin says:

My gps I on won't go away even after shutting down all apps and a respring. I guess I'll try hard reboot.

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Gsarfin says:

Still there hmm

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sanibel says:

Pretty ugly experience, for the first time ever that OTA forced me to use iTunes. Obviously something went wrong and I dislike iTunes with a passion...

Markiee says:

Im using RSIM will it still work when i updated to 7.1?


Did it work for you? Cause I also have an rsim in my iPhone 4S from sprint and I'm using t-mobile, but I don't wanna be locked out again like when I updated from ios 6 to 7

Vortec 5.3 says:

Mine went well.

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jlb21 says:

Updating my iphone 4 now

Premium1 says:

I still can't believe in 2014 apple still doesn't allow updates over cellular. Like come on apple.

ame says:

That's less apple and more carrier.

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Premium1 says:

Then why does every other device and OS allow updates via cellular?

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cerebasan says:

Well maybe I can update late tonight. The download servers are overloaded right now.

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MrJustastic says:

please update the pictures in the article. The process is the same but you're showing an update to 7.0...
My OCD is twitching...

miamimanu86 says:

It's going to take me either 6 hours on my phone or 14 hours on iTunes on my PC. What the hell???

rewNATION says:

is there any benefit to updating OTA vs. itunes? I've never done an OTA update, I always do them through itunes. I'm a little wary because I've heard OTA updates don't always function properly after you install them.

Jared Kozar says:

I got unable to check for update. Anybody else and what should i do? Ive been trying to install 7.1 for a day now

Laura Toole says:

I've been trying for days, it keeps telling me error occur but I can't figure out what I need to do to complete this update

curseddaughter says:

Mine too. Even after I deleted some apps and reset all settings. It still won't work.

Aimee Helfer says:

I'm having the same issue, starting to really hate my iphone

Lauren Childrelauren54ss says:

Didn't have a problem doing it over the air. That's how I do it anyway because iTunes no longer works well with my screen reader.

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Memphis Bleak says:

my iphone doesnt give me any software update,my IOS is 7.0.4,any help on how to update it?