Haven’t downloaded iOS 15 for iPhone yet? How to install Apple’s software update today


New tweaks and features are available on iOS 15. 

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Ready to dive into the new features that are coming with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15? We’ve got good news: Both software updates are ready to be installed on your iPhone and iPad. Once downloaded, you’ll have access to Apple’s new FaceTime features that, for the first time, let Android and PC users participate, as well as iMessage improvements that make it easier to track links and photos your friends have sent. The iPad is getting a complete home screen makeover and multitasking is finally receiving the boost it’s needed for years.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 come packaged into the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Mini, not to mention its newest iPad and iPad Mini that Apple announced last week. All are available for preorder now. (Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 to go with them.)

Below, we’ll explain how to install iOS 15 on your iPhone and iPadOS 15 on your iPad. But do make sure to follow our checklist before downloading the software — we’ll tell you how to do that. And here’s why some people may want to hold off a week.

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