How To Download And Update To iOS 6

You can update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 6 right now. Here's a list of the supported devices and how to install the upgrade.

Step 1: Make Sure Your iDevice Is Compatible

In order to run iOS 6, you'll need one of the following devices:

Of course, iOS 6 runs on the new iPhone 5 and iPod Touch (fifth generation), but those devices come with it pre-installed and therefore do not require an upgrade. If you have any of the devices listed above, move on to the next step to upgrade.

Step 2: Upgrade Over the Air or via iTunes

There are two ways to update to iOS 6: using your iDevice or you computer. We'll go over both.

To update your iDevice over the air, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to power. You don't want the update to stop part way through because you ran out of battery.
  2. Backup your device!
  3. Open the Settings app.
  4. Tap the General tab.
  5. Tap the Software Update tab.
  6. Wait for your device to check for updates. When it finds an available update, install it.
  7. Wait for the update to download and install. Don't do anything with your phone while it does.

To update your iDevice with iTunes on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC and open iTunes (if it doesn't open automatically).
  2. Backup your device!
  3. iTunes may tell you that an update (iOS 6) is available for your device. If it does, confirm that you want to install it. If not, click on your device in the iTunes sidebar and tap the Check for Updates button. When an update is found, confirm that you want to install it.
  4. Wait for the update to download and, when finished, confirm you want to install it. Wait for the update to install.

Regardless of the method you chose, your device will reboot after the update has completed. You'll most likely need to go through a few setup panels to get started, but your device now has iOS 6!


    new iPAD Wifi
    Downloaded by iTunes,
    Got error code 1603 during installation , device locked.

    Cranky that no support for original Ipad. Working fine - 2 years old - no reason to not support- apart from apple's obvious marketing ploy - as more than capable based on specifications - Each time they do something like this - I move a little further away from the camp.

      Yep - original iPad has same RAM as 3GS but a faster processor. And hoo-boy, no update for you!

      If it weren't enough that apps crash like crazy on it, now we get no update.

    Is the gold master the same as official? Do I need to reinstall?

      GM is the same as official so no need to update!

    i updated for ipod touch 4g, and it said error, and i cant restore my device because when i do, it starts to download the new version and it doesn't restore first... , and i can't erase data from the ipod because when i do the ipod do nothing and stays like loading with a circle in the middle and stays like that a lot of time and i have to force reset... and it's data it's there anyways... please help me!!!!

    Yeah, 2 year old sevice (iPad 1) not exactly ancient - im shocked that there is no ios6 update especially when the 3GS got one, i can't afford a new iPad so i guess i'll head to Nexus 7 :( Sorry apple.

    any instructions on how to downgrade?

    21/09/2012 - Have iPhone 4 Telstra 3G and the 'Download & Install' option in the settings>general>software update tab is greyed out.

      This is because u may not have enough memory available...

    Does anyone know if you can upload ios6 to the IPhone 2.

    Why ios 6 does not install on my ipod touch ?

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