Download iOS 12 now to make your iPhone and iPad faster

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iOS 12
iOS 12 launched on September 17.
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The biggest iOS update of 2018 is finally here.

After months of beta testing, Apple finally released iOS 12 to the public, making it available as an over-the-air update. The new iPhone and iPad operating system comes with tons of new features and performance improvements that will make even older devices faster than ever. Best of all, if you have a device that can run iOS 11, iOS 12 will work on it — no problem.

Here’s how to download it.

Note: Before updating to iOS 12 we strongly recommend you back up your device. You can do that by going to Settings >> iCloud >> Backup >> Backup Now. There’s also the option to back up your iOS device manually to your computer via iTunes if you prefer.

What’s inside iOS 12

To install iOS 12, open the Settings app, go to Software Update and select Download and Install. It’s recommended that your device has at least 50 percent battery and is connected to power.

iOS 12 introduces Screen Time to help users keep track of how much time they’re wasting spending on their devices. There’s also a powerful new Siri Shortcuts app, redesigned Apple Books and Stocks apps, and improvements to the Photos app.

Apple has also come out with some useful tweaks to Safari, including better security features. Do Not Disturb has also been improved, and there are some new gestures for iPad, too.

To get a full rundown on all the changes, check out our mega-guide on everything you need to know about iOS 12.