Apple flipped the switch and started rolling out iOS 14.5 to iPhone owners worldwide. The highly anticipated update, which has been testing for the past two months, brings 200 new emoji characters, a redesigned Podcasts app, compatibility with Apple’s newly announced AirTag trackers, and a new trick to ensure that Face ID is your iPhone Can still unlock while wearing a face covering.
To begin upgrading to the latest version of Apple’s hugely successful operating system, you need to be on your way Settings> General> Software update.
Apple began rolling out iOS 14.5 around 10 a.m. in California and around 6 p.m. in the UK. If you are already running iOS 14 on your smartphone, you shouldn’t have any problems installing iOS 14.5 on your handset. If you haven’t made the switch to iOS 14 yet, here are all the devices that will work with this latest software.
Which iPhone models can be upgraded to iOS 14.5?
iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Mini / iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max / iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max / iPhone XS / iPhone XS Max / iPhone XR / iPhone X / iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus / iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus / iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus / iPhone SE (1st generation) / iPhone SE (2nd generation) / iPod touch (7th generation)
If your iPhone is in the list above, then you are done. However, there are three things that are worth doing before you hit the “Download and Install” button in your Settings app.
iOS 14.5 release: 3 things to do before installing
First of all, it’s always worth backing up your data before upgrading to a new version of iOS. With a bit of luck, there are no problems converting your iPhone to iOS 14.5. However, there have been some issues with iOS upgrades in the past so we cannot rule out anything.
So your first step should be to backup your iPhone before attempting an update. This can be done through iCloud – the cloud-based storage option available to any Apple user or iTunes – provided you have a Mac or MacBook nearby with the right cable to complete the backup. To use iCloud, you must first connect to a Wi-Fi network, launch the Settings app, and then tap your Apple ID at the top of the list. Scroll down and tap the iCloud tab, then iCloud Backup, and finally, Back up Now.
Next, you’ll need free space to download the iOS 14.5 update and start the upgrade on your iPhone. If you’re the type of person who constantly removes low storage warnings every time you take a photo or video, or try to install a new app, you need to make some reckless cuts before attempting an upgrade perform.