How to download iOS 13.5

How to get iOS 13.5 from Apple

The next update for Apple phones, iOS 13.5, is here - and the latest iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 aren't the only ones that will benefit from the operating system upgrade. Here's how to get iOS 13 on your iPhone.

Not all iPhones will be able to download the update - sadly, anything older than the iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE can't upgrade to iOS 13. 

And your newer iPad won't get it either, and that's because it'll get a slightly reworked version of iPadOS software. 

iOS 13.5 is expected to be one of the last updates of this generation as it's likely Apple will unveil iOS 14 on June 22 at WWDC 2020. But if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 13.5, scroll below for a step-by-step list to update your device to the latest software.

1. Before getting iOS 13.5, backup your iPhone

If you want to download iOS 13.5, we recommend you back up your iPhone first – just in case. That way, you can restore your phone’s settings, apps, and data to normal (that is, on a stable version of iOS) should something go wrong. 

So before downloading iOS 13.5, head over to our supreme guide on how to back up your iPhone.

2. Download from your Settings page

It's very easy to download to iOS 13.5, but you'll need to be connected to Wi-Fi to upgrade.

Head to Settings > General > Software Update. Hit the button to update to iOS 13, and you'll start the process. 

It's a bit extensive, and depending on your connection, could take minutes or hours - and it might be longer if you're upgrading at a time when everyone is trying to upgrade to the new OS version. The phone will need to download the update first, then prepare your device. Stay strong. 

If you have Automatic Updates turned on, the update should auto-install anyway according to Apple protocol - i.e., overnight if your device is plugged in.

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David Lumb

David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.