iOS 10 will be available for everyone to download today, September 13. The update will roll out in waves, so if you’ve not got it just yet, don’t panic, it should appear on your iPhone or iPad soon.
Apple usually releases the iOS updates between 09:00 and 10:00 PDT (12:00 and 13:00 ET, 17:00 and 18:00 BST, 02:00 and 03:00 the next morning AEST), so you’ll likely see the update appear then.
To download and install iOS 10, you should see a message that an update is available. Before you begin it’s a good idea to back up your iPhone or iPad first.
Next, make sure your device is plugged into a power supply, and that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network – as the download will be pretty big!
Open up the Settings app of your device and tap on ‘General’ then ‘Software Update’. The iOS 10 update should then appear, and all you need to do is tap ‘Download and Install’.
You can also choose to download the update later on when you’re not using your device, as the iOS 10 update and installation process will make your iPhone or iPad unusable for a short while. Tap ‘Install Tonight’ or ‘Remind Me Later’ to install iOS 10 at a more convenient time.
If you select ‘Install Tonight’ just plug in your iPhone or iPad into the power supply before you go to bed, and by the time you wake up iOS 10 will be ready and waiting for you.
Download and install iOS 10 from iTunes
You can also download and install iOS 10 through iTunes, which is a good choice if you do not have a reliable wireless connection.
To update to iOS 10 through iTunes, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac. Now connect your device to your computer and iTunes should open automatically.
With iTunes open, select your device then click ‘Summary’ then ‘Check for Update’.
The iOS 10 update should appear. When it does click ‘Download and Update’.
Can’t wait for later? How to download iOS 10 right now
If you really can’t wait until later today, then Apple released the final release candidate of iOS 10 last week, which you can download right now.
The final release candidate is pretty much the final version of iOS 10, and it’s been released early so that users can report any last minute problems before the final version of iOS 10 gets released to the public. It includes a new keyboard sound, an Accessibility option to implement Touch ID as it appeared in iOS 9, haptic feedback when locking the iPhone and a number of bugs and fixes.
Even though it’s the final release candidate, it’s still and early version of iOS 10, which means that there could be bugs and other problems that (hopefully) won’t be in the final version. However, most of the bugs and problems should hopefully have been caught and fixed during the beta releases of iOS 10, which have been running during the past few months.
So, the iOS 10 final release candidate won’t be for everyone – and if you’re concerned about any bugs creeping through and playing havoc with your iPhone, we recommend waiting for the final release of iOS 10.
Update: iOS 10 is now available to download and should be available for everyone some time today.
If you’ve got a Mac as well, then you can download macOS Sierra final release candidate right now, which is the latest operating system for desktop Apple devices, and has been designed to work exceptionally well with iOS 10.
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However, if you want to try out the latest features for your iPhone or iPad, then read on to find out how to download iOS 10 final release candidate now in its public beta form.
How to sign up to the iOS 10 beta program
The iOS 10 public beta is now available for anyone to sign up for, so head over to Apple’s Beta Program website.
At the bottom of the page you’ll see a button labelled ‘Sign up’. Click it and then sign in with your Apple ID.
You’ll see an Apple Beta Software Program Agreement page – here tap on ‘Accept’. Once you have signed up you’ll get an email inviting you to download the iOS 10 public beta software. Once signed up to the public beta you’ll be able to download iOS 10 final release candidate from Software Update.
Downloading the iOS 10 final release candidate
On your iPhone or iPad go back to the Apple Beta website at beta.apple.com, tap the iOS tab and tap on “Download profile”, then “Install”. You may need to enter in your passcode and then tap “Restart” to reboot your device.
You will also get an email inviting you to download the software. Open up settings and go to Software Update to download the iOS 10 final release candidate.