Every now and then, iPad is updated with new software and features. These might include new Siri features, an extra security setting, battery life improvements or an entirely new mapping system. Updates are free, and usually take minutes to download; and as you’re about to find out, they’re easy to install.

In this tutorial you’ll discover how to check for updates and install them. It’s a simple process that only takes a few minutes of time.


1. The update badge

There’s an easy way to tell when a new software update is available: the Settings app will show a small red badge above it. However, please note that sometimes a software update will still be available but it won’t have downloaded to your device. In both cases, the first step is to open the Settings app.

Settings Update app iOS 7


2. Software Update

Tap the General button in the left-hand pane, then tap the Software Update Button. You might already see a number alongside it to indicate there’s an update available.

Software Update Settings iOS 7


3. Update details

You’ll see a short description of the update. In this example, it’s to fix a few small bugs. To download and install the update, simply tap the Install Now button. If the update hasn’t automatically downloaded to your device then tap the Download and Install button.

System Update Install Now button iOS 7


4. Update installing

The update files will be verified (to make sure that every bit of data has been properly downloaded) then the update will be begin. The process is automated, so sit back while the update installs. After a minute or two the device will restart and return to the Lock Screen. Congratulations, the update has been installed.

Installing update iOS 7


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