Looking for an easy way how to install iOS 9? If you haven’t installed iOS 9 yet on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, then you are simply missing out. The latest updates to the Apple operating system give you way more than just Siri acting as your own personal DJ!
iOS 9 was released back in September of 2015 so we’ve seen a few incremental updates since then. These updates include features like a new nighttime reading light mode called “Night Shift”. Night Shift mode grabs your geolocation settings and time to adjust your screen colors to the optimal shades if you’re doing some night time reading.
Prerequisites for install
Installing iOS 9 does come with a prerequisite – that your device is at least the iPhone 4S or newer, iPad Mini (any generation), iPad Air (any generation), iPad 2 or newer, or an iPad Touch 5th generation. Models before these versions are not supported in the latest update. If you’ve already got iOS 8 installed on your device, then you can run iOS 9, no dramas.
Back up before you start
Before you get started with the install, you’ll need to back up your device first. If you have iCloud backups enabled (and they’re working) then congratulations, the job is already done for you. If not, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Choose the device logo at the top left of the screen and then select Backup > This Computer > Back Up Now.
Wait for iTunes to do its thing and when it’s finished, just check over the file to see if it worked. You can access it by clicking on File > Preferences > Devices. Right click on the file to archive it if you wish. After all this is done, you may go back to your backup settings and change it to also create a backup to the iCloud.
If you have a limited amount of space on your device, then you might want to look at deleting some files before you install iOS 9. iOS 9 is a lot smaller than iOS 8 (coming in at 1.3GB as opposed to the latter’s 4.58GB size ) but if you’re running low on storage, then you’ll want to delete some things beforehand.
Time to pick up your device
Unplug your device from the computer if you haven’t done so already. Now you will need to go into the ‘Settings’ menu, available from your Home screen. From here, scroll down and click on the field that says ‘General’. The General settings will open up and the second field down will say ‘Software Update’. If there is a new software update ready for you, then you will see a little gray box with a number next to it. Click on the ‘Software Update’ field.
The latest software update will spring onto your screen. At the time of writing this article, we are now up to version iOS 9.2.1.
Take note that at the bottom of the screen it says: “This update requires at least 50% battery or to be connected to a power source”. We recommend plugging your device into a power source (such as a wall point) to ensure your update goes smoothly.
From here, all you will have to do to start the update is to click on the field that says “Install Now”. It is really that simple!
Now, update time may vary depending on your download speed, which version of iOS you are updating from, as well as your model of iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The update may take a very small amount of time if it’s simply an incremental update, say from iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.2.1. However, the upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS9 can take anywhere between 30 minutes to several hours. It is for this reason that we recommend upgrading from iOS 8 to iOS 9 overnight, when you aren’t likely going to need your device.
And there you have it! Hopefully everything has gone smoothly and you’ve learned how to install iOS 9 seamlessly. Your phone should be ready to use with the latest version of iOS all ready to go by now. Keep an eye out for future updates in the ‘Software Update’ part of your General settings so that you’ll always have the latest version on hand.