iOS 16.2 is out now. How to download the latest iPhone update

iOS 16.2 is out now.  How to download the latest iPhone update

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Apple just released iOS 16.2. The latest software update for iPhone brings several new features to iOS 16, including Apple Music Singwhich lets you adjust the vocal volume so you can sing along to your favorite songs, and Apple advanced protectiona privacy feature that adds end-to-end encryption to several components of iCloud, including backing up text messages, photos, notes, and more.

iOS 16.2 also adds Apple’s tablet app Freeformtwo new lock screen widgets (including one for your medications), always-on screen improvementsnew AirDrop settings and sports scores for live activities via Apple TV.

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Read on for a step-by-step guide to the process of putting iOS 16.2 on your compatible iPhone. You can also check out some of the the best existing features on iOS 16 and a few hidden features we were surprised to find. And if you recently got a new iPhone, here is the best iPhone 14 cases so far.


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Before you begin, is your iPhone even compatible?

Unfortunately, not all iPhones will receive the iOS 16.2 update. You need at least an iPhone 8, which was released back in 2017, to run iOS 16. That also includes iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone SE (second generation and later) and the new iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPhone 14 comes pre-installed with iOS 16.

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Next, back up your iPhone

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Getting your hands on new software can be exciting, but there are precautions you should take before updating. You may not be satisfied with some of the features that iOS 16.2 has to offer (although you can fix some of the most annoying ones), so you need to be able to downgrade back to an earlier version of iOS 16 for whatever reason – and that requires backing up your iPhone before updating.

By default, your iPhone should back itself up every time it’s connected to power and Wi-Fi during its normal sleep times. But if this backup feature is disabled, you can go to Settings > Your name > iCloud > iCloud backup and then hit Backup now to back up your device.

Backup page on iPhone

You can (and should) also back up your iPhone on your Mac.

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In addition, you can back up your iPhone via the Finder on your Mac. Just connect your device to your computer, open Finder, select your device, and then create a backup. Apple also recommends archiving the backup so that it is not overwritten by other backups.

Also, be sure to do these three things

You want the download and installation process to go as smoothly as possible, and the best way to do that is to do the following:

  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to power. You won’t be able to download iOS 16.2 if you have less than 50% battery, so it’s best to just connect your phone while updating. And even when connected, the battery must be above 20%.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi. You also won’t be able to download iOS 16.2 with cellular data, so connect to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  • Clean up enough storage space. If you’re running out of storage space, you’ll need to clean it up before you can download and install iOS 16.2. Go to Settings > General > iPhone storage to delete large files and apps.

Here’s a guide on how to get more iPhone storage.

How to Download and Install iOS 16.2

Now when you have everything set, open your iPhone and go to Settings > General > Software update, wait a few seconds (or minutes) for the update to appear, and then hit Download and install for iOS 16.2.

iOS 16.1 Download Page

You can also use the Finder on your Mac to download iOS 16.2 on your iPhone.

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You should then see a loading bar, along with a rough estimate of how long the download process will take. Once the download is complete, restart your device and wait for iOS 16.2 to install. When your iPhone boots up, follow any instructions and you should then see iOS 16.2 downloaded onto your device.

For more on the new operating system, here’s a look at it all the best new features available on iOS 16as well as some of them cool hidden features you might not know about.

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