If Apple holds to previous patterns, iOS 9 should arrive around 10am PT, 1pm ET. When it does, here’s how to download and install it!

With new Notes and News apps, Siri and search intelligence, transit for maps, wallet with store and loyalty cards, and multi-app multitasking for iPad, iOS 9 packs a lot of new features into a slimmed-down new package. At just 1.3 GB, it should be easier to download and install than ever. Here’s how!

iOS 9 compatibility

iOS 9 can be downloaded onto any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that can run iOS 8. That includes all devices from 2011 or later.

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPod touch 5

How to install iOS 9 using Software Update on your iPhone or iPad

The easiest way for most people to download iOS 9 is over-the-air, directly on their device. It’s fast, it’s efficient, and it’s simple to do.

  1. Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup.
  2. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Tap on Software Update.
  5. Tap on Download and Install.

  6. Enter your Passcode, if prompted.
  7. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Tap Agree again to confirm.
  9. Tap Install Now to begin the update.

How to install iOS 9 using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC

If you have limited space on your device or software update isn’t working for whatever reason, you can update using iTunes.

  1. Make sure you have a recent iTunes backup. Make it encrypted so all your password and other private data is preserved.
  2. Launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC
  3. Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in using your USB to Lightning or USB to 30-pin Dock cable.
  4. Click on the device icon at the top left to go to the device tab.
  5. Click on Check for Update in the Summary pane.
  6. Click on Download and Update.

  7. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Enter the Passcode on your iPhone or iPad, if prompted.

How to make sure you have the release version of iOS 9

If you’re running a the developer or public beta, or the gold master, and want to make absolutely sure you’re getting exactly the bits in the public release version, you can also use iTunes.

  1. Make sure you have a recent iTunes backup. Make it encrypted so all your password and other private data is preserved.
  2. Launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC
  3. Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in using your USB to Lightning or USB to 30-pin Dock cable.
  4. Click on the device icon at the top left to go to the device tab.
  5. Click on Restore in the Summary pane.
  6. Confirm that you want to restore.
  7. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Enter the Passcode on your iPhone or iPad, if prompted.

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