How to update to iOS 15

Here are the steps you need to take in order to update your iPhone to iOS 15.


Following its special event earlier this month, Apple has released iOS 15, the newest operating software update for iPhones. It adds several quality of life changes, while also squashing some bugs found in the previous update. Let’s dive into how to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 15.

How to update to iOS 15

how to update to ios 15

Here are the steps you need to take in order to update your iPhone to iOS 15:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select the “General” tab.
  • Select “Software Update.”
  • Press “Upgrade to iOS 15” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Press “Download and Install.

When you’re on the download screen, you can read the full, extensive patch notes for iOS 15. In addition to audio and video enhancements for FaceTime, iOS 15 also adds a redesign to notifications and addresses several bugs. Make sure you’re comfortable with all of the changes and the Terms of Service, as there is no simple way to revert the update once it’s been executed. The iOS 15 update requires 3.24 GB of free space.

iOS 15 is available for most iPhones, but not all. Here is the official list of Apple devices compatible with iOS 15:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod Touch (7th generation)

Any older devices, or ones not included in that list will not be compatible with the iOS 15 update. Now that you know how to update your iPhone to iOS 15, you’re ready to jump in and discover everything that’s been newly added. For more on Apple and its family of products, we’ve got you taken care of here on Shacknews.

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    September 20, 2021 11:05 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, How to update to iOS 15

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      September 20, 2021 1:32 PM

      Was just about to say I can’t tell the difference - then I opened Safari.

      Address bar at the bottom?! Bastards.

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        September 20, 2021 2:22 PM

        You can change that in settings

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        September 20, 2021 2:25 PM

        It's been like that in Firefox (on Android at least) for a while. Took some getting used to it, but I won't switch back - stick with it for a couple of days.

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          September 20, 2021 2:38 PM

          what is the benefit?

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            September 20, 2021 2:39 PM

            Basically that it's easier to reach with one hand

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            September 20, 2021 2:40 PM

            easier to reach with the ol' thumbs

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              September 20, 2021 2:45 PM

              So why is it named different then? It's now called the Tab Bar.

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                September 20, 2021 2:47 PM

                I'm guessing because if you swipe the address bar it will take you to the previous/next tab you have open. That's my guess anyway.

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            September 20, 2021 3:33 PM

            They probably did this because phones are massive and most peoples thumbs don't reach the top one handed. They also added swiping on the address bar to move between tabs.

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            September 20, 2021 6:36 PM

            Thumb is at the bottom of the device, why reach all the way to the top?

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      September 20, 2021 1:59 PM

      Some really good additions. Some of the privacy stuff is great. I like the Safari change. Also the highlight and cut and paste from photos is phenomenal.

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        September 20, 2021 7:16 PM

        The privacy stuff is hard to swallow with on device content scanning inbound. :/

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          September 20, 2021 7:18 PM

          Well it's not there yet. So I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

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      September 20, 2021 6:18 PM


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      September 20, 2021 6:20 PM

      Lil psa:

      cross app drag and drop is now enabled on iPhone!

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