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How to install iOS 9.3 on your iPhone and iPad

A fuss-free guide to updating your phone.
iPhone 6S detail

Got an iPhone or iPad? Want to update it so you can try out the string of new features and tweaks which Apple has just released as part of its new iOS 9.3 software?

It’s a breeze to do and will beef up your device’s security as well as giving you the best Apple has to offer.

Read on and we’ll tell you how to download and install iOS 9.3 for your iPhone and iPad.

Open up Settings

You don’t need to connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes in order to download iOS 9.3. You can do it over Wi–Fi or your mobile network.

Simply open up the Settings app, scroll down and tap on ‘General’ and then ‘Software Update’. Here you’ll be prompted to download iOS 9.3

Plug in

iPhone charging lightning connector dock

Downloading and installing iOS 9.3 takes up a lot of power.

If you have less than 50% battery life, then make sure you plug your iPhone into the mains or your Mac/PC, otherwise you won’t be able to install it.

If you have a full battery and want that software update stat, then go ahead. Just be aware your battery may drain significantly if you do so.

Follow the instructions

When iOS 9.3 begins its download, you’ll be asked to agree to Apple’s terms and conditions.

Tap on ‘Agree’ in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and the download will begin.

Installation will start automatically if you have enough battery or your device is plugged in.

Enter your password

Once installation is complete, Apple may ask you to enter your Apple ID password in order to get iCloud back ups working.

This is as simple as tapping in your details and confirming them.

You’ll also be asked if you want to start using iCloud Drive to stash apps and files. Don’t fancy it?

Just say no. It won’t affect the update.

You’re good to go

iOS 9.3 3D Touch shortcuts

The whole process shouldn’t take much longer than 15 minutes for download and installation.

Once you’ve followed the simple process, your iPhone will have iOS 9.3 installed and you can try out all the new features. Which include...

Start getting to grips with Night Shift and more

The biggest new feature is Night Shift, a tool which switches the iPhone and iPad’s screen from blue to yellow light when it gets dark.

Blue light is known to hamper sleep, so you can use your iPhone or iPad right up to the moment you nod off without it leaving you wide awake in the middle of the night.

Other additions, which we outline in more detail here, include a more personalised News app, changes to the Health function and Touch ID–protected Notes.

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