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iOS 10 is available free for iPhone and iPad owners today. Here's how to get iOS 10 - install iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad to get the latest features. How to update to iOS 10.

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  • Supported devices 1
  • Back up first 2
  • Make room 3
  • Over the air update 4
  • iTunes 5
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Step 1 of 5: How to get iOS 10: supported devices

Today Apple will release the final version of iOS 10. But be patient. Expect it to arrive this evening in the UK, and sometime during the morning of 13 September in the US. Apple's servers will be in high demand, so expect the 2GB download to take a while. If it doesn't start and you get a 'server busy' message. Just wait a while then try again.

While you're waiting for it to download, why not read our iOS 10 review?

If you're still on iOS 9 or iOS 8 find out why iOS 10 is worth caring about in our iOS 10 release date and new features article. (If you're running the Public Beta, you should be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 10 immediately - it will be shown as 10.0.1 under Settings > General > About > Version.)

iOS 10 is available as an upgrade for the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th gen

The following devices can't be upgraded to iOS 10: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3.

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Today Apple will release the final version of iOS 10. But be patient. Expect it to arrive this evening in the UK, and sometime during the morning of 13 September in the US. Apple's servers will be in high demand, so expect the 2GB download to take a while. If it doesn't start and you get a 'server busy' message. Just wait a while then try again.

While you're waiting for it to download, why not read our iOS 10 review?

If you're still on iOS 9 or iOS 8 find out why iOS 10 is worth caring about in our iOS 10 release date and new features article. (If you're running the Public Beta, you should be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 10 immediately - it will be shown as 10.0.1 under Settings > General > About > Version.)

iOS 10 is available as an upgrade for the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th gen

The following devices can't be upgraded to iOS 10: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3.

Step 2 of 5: How to get iOS 10: BACK UP!

Before beginning the upgrade, make sure your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is fully backed up to iCloud or your computer via iTunes before performing the update. It's unlikely anything will go wrong, but if it does, you could lose any data that's changed since your last backup such as new contacts, documents, photos, videos and more.

Plus, it's a real hassle to have to start from scratch if there's a problem. You'll have to reinstall apps, add email accounts, sync contacts and enter lots of logins and passwords. Make a full backup to iTunes and click the 'encrypt backup' box and your passwords and apps will all be backed up (and restored if needs be). Your computer needs to be authorised - you'll be prompted to sign in if it isn't - to back up all your apps. It's not necessary to back up apps since they can be downloaded again automatically during a restore.

The 5GB of free iCloud storage won't be enough to make a full backup, so you'll have to pay for extra storage if you don't want to back up through iTunes.

Step 3 of 5: How to get iOS 10: make room

Before you upgrade, there are a couple of housekeeping jobs to do. If you're on iOS 8 or 9 - or earlier - then update your apps as some out-of-date apps won’t work in iOS 10. In partticular, make sure any banking or financial apps are ready for the new version.

Second, check if you have enough free storage space as the update will require around 1.5-2GB of storage for temporarily storing the download during the update.

You can check how much space is available by tapping Settings > General > Usage. The list of apps will tell you which ones are using up your phone or tablet’s storage. Typically, it will be the Photos app, which is full of your snaps and videos.

You should transfer photos and videos to your PC or the cloud using Dropbox, Google Photos or another similar service, then delete those you don’t need on your device to free up space. Videos use up the most space, but beware that these aren’t backed up to your iCloud Photo Stream.

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Step 4 of 5: How to get iOS 10: Over the air

When iOS 10 is released - around 6pm UK time on 13 September - you should see a pop-up notification on your screen at some point telling you that a software update is available.

If you want to force your iPhone or iPad to check if the update is available, tap Settings > General > Software Update.

When prompted, tap Download to download iOS 10. Once this is finished, tap Install to upgrade iOS and follow the on-screen instructions, which will include entering your passcode.

Step 5 of 5: How to get iOS 10: iTunes

If for some reason you don’t want to update over the air, you'll need to connect your device to a computer running iTunes. You should update iTunes to the latest version (currently 12.4.3) before connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. To do this, launch iTunes, sign in with your Apple ID if prompted and from the Help menu, click Check for Updates.

Once you have the latest iTunes, do the following:

  • Connect your device and it should display a message saying a software update is available. If you don't see this, simply click on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the Devices list and then click the Check for Update button.
  • You'll be prompted to download and install the update - make sure you don't disconnect your device before the upgrade process is finished.
  • Leave your phone alone for a while after it restarts and shows that it has updated to iOS 10 - it's now reinstalling all your apps.

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