Like clockwork, each new year brings new versions of iOS and iPadOS. If you’ve owned Apple devices for a few years, you probably already know how to update your iPhone and iPad, though those newer to the platform might not have gotten the hang of it just yet.
What’s new in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
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Which iPhones and iPads are compatible with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15?
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If your device is running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 now, then it will be compatible with version 15 so you can continue with preparing your devices and proceeding with the update as outlined below.
How to back up your iPhone or iPad
Your iPhone or iPad store all your photos, messages, health data, documents, accessory setups, settings, and more. In other words, your memories and your preferences.
Your data is important, even precious, and should be treated as such. Before you download any software, you should always back up your iPhone or iPad.
How to download and install iOS 15
Ready to take the plunge and update your device? Here’s everything you need to know about downloading and installing iOS updates on your iPhone or iPad.
How to update from an iOS beta to the official release
Get up to date
If your Apple device supports the latest software version, there’s usually very little reason to avoid updating iOS or iPadOS if you want the best iPhone or iPad experience. Though not all features will be available to all devices, particularly older models, you’ll still benefit from most of them as well as the newer security fixes at the very least.
Updated February 2022: Updated for iOS 15 public release and iOS 15.4 beta release.