Apple has made some major updates in iOS 14, such as widgets on the Home screen, a redesigned Siri experience and much more, and it's available now. Here's what you need to do to update your iPhone.
Can I install iOS 14 on my iPhone?
As long as your iPhone is compatible with iOS 13, you should be good to go. Just to confirm, here’s all the devices which can get iOS 14:
- iPhone SE (second-gen)
- 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 (first-gen)
How to I update to iOS 14
It's simple. You can either wait for the notification to pop up telling you that the update is available, or you can check manually if you're in a desperate hurry to get it today.
Warning: Some of your apps may not work after updating to iOS 14. Check if there are any messages from your bank in particular about compatibility and also whether you need to de-register digital keys and other authorisation methods. It has been known for these apps to refuse to work if you don't follow the correct steps. Another thing to do before you update is to make a backup of your photos, documents and anything else you cannot afford to lose. Whether that's via iCloud or iTunes, don't skip this step.
The download is several gigabytes (4.8GB or thereabouts), so could take a good while to download depending on the speed of your internet connection and whether Apple's servers can cope with the demand.
To check manually, open Settings and go to General > Software Update.
It should check automatically, and then show a screen like this. Tap on Download and install to get the process started.
Enter your passcode and then agree to the Ts & Cs.
Since iOS 12, there have been options to download and install updates automatically, so tap on Automatic Updates at the bottom of this screen to see if both download and install options are selected. If they are, your iPhone should update iOS overnight, which is a hassle-free way to get iOS 14.
Below you'll find instructions on how to install the latest beta versions of iOS, which means you get to try the new features and updates before they're generally available. If you're already running the Public Beta version of iOS 14 you should find you can update to the public release version using the steps above. But if you don't want to receive more public betas, remove the configuration profile under Settings > General > Profile.
The risks of installing beta software
Before we explain how to install beta versions of iOS on your iPhone, we need to first explain the situation with beta software. For those unaware, betas are unfinished, and that means you’ll likely to run into bugs, glitches and even crashes that leave you locked out of various areas of your smartphone (there was an iOS 13 beta bug that made the slow-mo camera inoperable, for example).
In other words, don’t expect the iOS 14 beta - especially early betas - to be as stable as Apple’s current software. That can be true not only of the iPhone software itself, but the apps you’ve got installed - some may work perfectly in iOS 13, but crash upon opening in iOS 14.
If you do decide to take the plunge, we can’t stress how important it is to back up your iPhone using an archived backup prior to the upgrade. Without an archived backup, you won’t be able to restore from a backup if you decide to go back to iOS 13, due to Apple not supporting restore data from newer software updates. Essentially, if you back up your iPhone running iOS 14, you won’t be able to restore from that backup if you want to go back to iOS 13.
To archive a backup, open iTunes (or Finder in macOS Catalina), click Preferences > Devices. You’ll then see a list of all your backups - right-click your most recent backup and select Archive to save it from being overwritten.
How to install the iOS 14 Public Beta
The Public Beta continues even after the first version of the new iOS is officially released. But each of these betas are still early software and are not recommended for use on your main phone on which you rely. So, it's up to you if you want to take the risk or not.
- Go to the Apple Beta Software Program website and click Sign up. (Click 'Sign in' if you enrolled in a previous year.)
- Accept the agreement by clicking on the 'Accept' button, after reading it of course!
- On your iPhone, open Safari and go to beta.apple.com/profile, sign into the same Apple account and download and install the profile.
- Go to Settings > General > Profile, tap on iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Program and tap Install
- When prompted, restart your iPhone.
- Now open Settings > General > Software Update and the Public Beta should appear.
- Tap Download and Install.
It will take a while to download the software and you'll be prompted to install it once it has downloaded.
Note that if you have another profile installed already (such as a developer profile) you will need to remove that first from Settings > General > Profile before downloading and installing the public beta profile.
How to install the iOS 14 Developer Beta
If you’re a registered iOS developer, here’s how to install the iOS 14 developer beta:
- On your iPhone, head to developer.apple.com in Safari and log in with your Apple ID details.
- Head to the Downloads section, listed in the menu on the left.
- Scroll down to the iOS 14 beta and tap the Install Profile button.
- You’ll see a pop-up appear asking whether you want to download a profile to your iPhone. Click Accept.
- Head to the Settings app and tap Profile Downloaded at the top of the list. If this doesn’t appear, head to General > Profile and tap on the iOS 14 beta profile.
- Tap Install in the top-right to install the iOS 14 beta profile.
- Agree to the developer consent form.
- Restart your iPhone to finish installing the beta profile.
- Once restarted, go back to the Settings app and head to General > Software Update.
- You should see the iOS 14 beta appear - tap Download and Install, and wait for your iPhone to download the update.
- Once downloaded, you’ll see a pop-up appear asking to install the update. Tap Install to install the iOS 14 beta update.
Once you've got the update installed, take a look at our top iOS 14 tips and tricks.