iOS 7.1 Update Out — How to Update Your iOS Device

I decided to update my old iOS upgrade guide with new iOS 7 based screen­shots and with iOS 7.1 out (full details on Macru​mors​.com, Mac​world​.com or Apple​.com), now’s as good a chance as any.

Min­i­mum Requirements

First make sure your device meets the com­pat­i­bil­ity require­ments Apple has spec­i­fied for iOS 7. You can check Apple’s web­site or view the screen­shot I’ve embed­ded below:

Unlike your com­puter where you might be able to run a new game or app on an older com­puter that doesn’t meet the min­i­mum sys­tem require­ments and just deal with slower per­for­mance or graph­ics, Apple’s iOS updates sim­ply won’t install on a device Apple hasn’t approved.

Find Settings.app

It’s the gear look­ing icon. If you can’t remem­ber where you put it, try swip­ing down to use Spot­light and start typ­ing “settings”:

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Gen­eral

Scroll down until you see Gen­eral

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Soft­ware Update

Tap Soft­ware Update — which might have a 1 beside it indi­cat­ing there’s an update wait­ing. Oth­er­wise tap through and it will check for an update.

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Check­ing for Update

Your iOS device will ping Apple’s soft­ware update servers to see if there’s a new version.

Checking for Updates

iOS 7.1 Down­load and Install

Tap the Down­load and Install option to get this party started.

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Terms & Conditions

Lawyer speak for “We’re not respon­si­ble if this breaks your phone because, like, yo.”

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Down­loads Ahoy

It’ll now begin down­load­ing. Your down­load size will vary depend­ing on what ver­sion of iOS you’re upgrad­ing from. In my case I had iOS 7.0? installed so it was a 152MB update.

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At this point you can switch away and use your iOS device for other stuff while it’s updat­ing. (I got a phone call dur­ing my update. Thanks Mas­ter­card!) From my roots in the Microsoft Win­dows world I’m always sketchy about doing any­thing else while a soft­ware update is hap­pen­ing so your mileage may vary.

Prepar­ing Update

After down­load­ing it will pre­pare the update.

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…and then it will con­tinue to prepare…

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Install iOS 7.1 Update

Con­firm that what you’ve started you’d like to finish.

Note: Depend­ing on your device and ver­sion of iOS that you’re upgrad­ing from, it can take a half hour to update. So if you have a meet­ing in 5 min­utes, you may want to do it later.

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Ver­i­fy­ing the Update

Wait! We need to ver­ify that what we just down­loaded is what we want to install. So wait!

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Long White Bar of Upgrade Process

Now you wait while your iOS device gets updated.

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Boom, You’re Done

It took about 30 min­utes for me start to fin­ish. Your mileage may vary.

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If you nav­i­gate back to Settings.app, Gen­eral and Soft­ware Update you should see that you’re good to go with iOS 7.1.

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How does iOS 7.1 feel on your device? My ini­tial impres­sions on my iPhone 4 is that it’s snap­pier. We’ll see after more extended use.