How to download and install iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 12 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Below we will tell you how to install

update to your device.

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Devices supporting iOS 12

iOS 12 will support the same devices as iOS 11. This means that even the iPhone 5s, released in 2013, will also support iOS 12.


  • 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 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPod Touch 6th Generation




  • new 9.7 inch iPad
  • 12.9 inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7 inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5 inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad 5
  • iPad 6

A warning for of users with jailbreak

If you have jailbreak and you are not ready fromrefuse it, it is better not to upgrade to iOS 12 until the jailbreak tool for this version of the system comes out. You can find out more in our article on iOS 12 jailbreak status.

If new features and improvements are more important than jailbreak for you, it is better to update via iTunes.

Save backup

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC and open iTunes.

Step 2: In the top menu of iTunes, click on the icon of your iPhone or iPad.

Step 3: Click Create a copy now. If you want an additional level of security, check the box next to Encrypt backup ... This will save sensitive data such as: passwords, Health app data, HomeKit accessory information, and logins. By choosing this option, you will ease your task during recovery. Such a copy is protected by a password that can be stored in Keychain.

Step 4: Now you need to make an archive from the copy. In the program menu, select Device settings.

Step 5: In the tab Devices right click on the saved copy and select Archive.

How to install iOS 12 through Settings

Before downloading, connect yourdevice to a power source so that the battery does not run out during the process. The process of installing the update may take from several minutes to an hour, depending on your Internet connection. Downloading the update is only via Wi-Fi, not mobile Internet.

Step 1: Open Settings and go to General> Software Update. There should be an iOS 12 update available.

Note: If in the future you want to be able to install jailbreak, it’s better to update via iTunes, because there are often problems with updates “over the air”.

Step 2: Click Download and installto start the installation process of iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad.



How to install iOS 12 through iTunes

If the iOS 12 update does not appear in Settings, you can download it via a direct link, and then install via iTunes. To do this, it is best to use the latest available version of iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer using a USB cable. Wait while iTunes detects your device.

Step 2: Click on the icon of your device in the iTunes menu.

Download the update file for your model bylink provided in this article. It will weigh about 2GB depending on the model of your device. It’s best to download the file through the Chrome or Firefox browser.

When the file is downloaded, hold down the Option (Mac) or Shift (Windows) key and click the Refresh button.

Step 6: In the window that appears, click Refresh.

Step 7: You will see a subscription to the iOS 12 update. Click Continue, and then To accept.



Step 8: iTunes will download and install the system update on your device. The process may take different times depending on your internet connection.

Step 9: Do not disconnect the device from the computer until the process is complete. In the process, the device may reboot once or twice. After that, you will see the familiar power-on screen.

You can read about the new iOS 12 features here.

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