Windows 10 – How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10


Apple's latest iOS update has just come available as on 13th September 2016, featuring a huge amount of new features and fixes.

However, unlike previous updates, this one is particularly large and even Apple do not advise making the change before backing up your or iPad first. We recommend doing this using your charger cable connecting your iPhone/iPad to your 10 or Laptop via a USB port rather than an iCloud backup.


If the update goes wrong…. you are in danger of wiping all the data from your iPhone or iPad. Updating and backing up via Apple is strongly recommended.

Connect iPhone/iPad to your Windows 10 PC/Laptop


Depending on how you have Windows 10 configured, on plugging in your device iTunes may launch automatically or Windows picture importer may start (see below)


If this happens, you will need to select iTunes from the Start menu


Don't have iTunes? Download iTunes for Windows here.

To , backup and update your iPhone/iPad using iTunes, you must be running version 12.5.1 or later, so follow prompts and allow installation.

iTunes and Windows 10 may require confirmation that they trust each other before you can proceed.

Confirm trust on iPhone/iPad


Confirm trust on iTunes


Upon starting iTunes it will check to see if any updates are required, if prompted, update to the latest version.


select “Download iTunes

Latest version of iTunes will be downloaded via the Apple Software updater



If iTunes is still open during the update, you maybe prompted to close.

With iTunes updated, iTunes will launch, select the iPhone/iPad symbol



iOS 10 needs 1.1 GB Free for the installation. If less than 1.1 GB available, you will need to delete some files or programs in order to proceed


…. with enough free space, select “Backup Now” to make a full copy of all your iPhone/iPad data to your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.


We suggested making an Unencrypted backup, so select “Don't Encrypt” at the next prompt.


Backup should commence and progress can be seen by watching the blue bar.


Confirm by checking the time and date of the “Latest Backup“, ensure this is a few moments ago, else repeat the process.


With full backup completed, downloading and updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS 10 can commence.

As the download is a large one (1.1 GB), ensure your Windows 10 PC/Laptop is connected to the supply and ideally is connected to the via an Ethernet cable or .

A power failure or interrupted internet connection may result in your iPhone or iPad being “bricked” (become unusable). If this happens follow the advice of the following blog post.

Here's what to do if iOS 10 temporarily bricked your iPhone

 Commence the update for you iPhone/iMac by clicking the “Update” button


Downloading will commence, note the status.


Upon downloading, a series of Windows detailing iOS 10 features will appear along with terms and conditions. Click on “Agree” and “Next” when prompted.


When completed, your iPhone/iPad will restart and all those new features will be made available.

Although the above example is specifically for Windows 10, the same instructions apply for and Windows 7 with the exception of how to launch iTunes.

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