iOS 12 comes with a new feature that makes it very easy for your iPhone to stay up to date. The best thing is this feature is turned on by default in iOS 12—no other action is necessary from your side to get software updates the minute Apple makes them available.
As long as the Automatic Updates is on, you will be notified on your phone anytime there is an available software update. This notification lets you know that the update will be downloaded and installed later in the night. The previous iOS versions do not offer this feature. With those versions, you receive a notification about the update and an option to either delay the download or download it immediately.
The idea with this iOS 12 approach is to carry out the process in the background. iOS 12 is still in beta and, therefore, you may still need to work some kinks out. For instance, you may have to try a few times before your iPhone finally updates to the newest versions.
However, with this OS, if your iPhone fails to update to the newest version, Automatic Updates will give it another try the next night. It is still not clear whether your iPhone should be plugged in or connected to Wifi for Automatic Updates to work. Since the updates are installed overnight, chances are that your phone will be charging and connected to Wifi.
Some people do not like the idea of updates installing automatically on their iPhones. This is actually a good policy because iOS updates might introduce new bugs. Anyway, if you prefer to have other people test out new updates before you can install them, feel free to turn off Automatic Updates on your device.
Here is how you do that:
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Go to General > Software Update
- Tap Automatic Updates. You will see that it is turned on if you are using iOS 12.
- Toggle the slider off.
To manually check if there are any new updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you have Automatic Updates turned on, there is no need to check. You only need to check if you have it turned off then choose whether or not you will download the new update.
Getting Automatic App Updates
The Automatic Updates feature discussed above only works for iOS updates. Nonetheless, if you want to have your apps up to date at all times, there is a feature for that too.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Go to iTunes & App Store.
- Manage the automatic downloads you would like to get automatically in the Automatic Downloads part.
In the case of Books & Audiobooks, Apps, and Music, this feature controls the download of purchases made on all your other iOS devices (those using your Apple ID). When you toggle on this feature, apps will update automatically even without your consent. Under the Automatic Downloads there is a Use Cellular Data control. By default, it is turned off, so the updates will only be downloaded when your phone is connected to Wifi.