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iOS 9 is now officially out, and it brings with it a whole slew of new features. If you own an eligible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can download an install iOS 9 right now.

In many cases, especially with the latest iPads, iOS 9 can make you feel like you have a brand new device. In this post, we’ll show you which devices are eligible to be updated, as well as how to update.

Can my device be updated to iOS 9?

That’s a question that many of you may be wondering. Well, I’ve got good news. Unlike Android phones and tablets, iOS updates aren’t controlled by the carriers, but by Apple itself. Therefore, every device that will ever get iOS 9 is eligible to do so today. Here are the devices that can take advantage of the new iOS 9 update:

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

This list doesn’t include the just launched iPad mini 4, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus. These devices will already ship running iOS 9.

Backup your device first

I always recommend backing up your device before applying any updates. You can use iCloud or iTunes to backup your device, but for ease of use, I recommend using iCloud.

To backup your device with iCloud, do the following:

iCloud Backups

Step 1: Open the Settings app

Step 2: Tap the iCloud section

Step 3: Tap the Backup Section

Step 4: Make sure the iCloud Backup switch is enabled, and tap Back Up Now

You can also use iTunes to backup:

iTunes Backups

Step 1: Connect your device you your computer via USB

Step 2: Open iTunes

Step 3: Select your device and click the Summary section

Step 4: Under Backups select ‘This Computer’ and click Back Up Now. If you’d like your Apps backed up as well, make sure you click Back Up Apps

How to update to iOS 9

There are two ways to update to iOS 9—an OTA (over the air) software update, or the more traditional update via iTunes. The OTA update is more desirable, because it doesn’t require a computer and can be performed right from your device. The iTunes update requires you to download the iOS 9 software file, and then apply the update. You’ll need to be connected to your computer with a USB cable in order to apply the update via iTunes.

With all of this in mind, I recommend the OTA update for those of you who want to update directly to iOS 9 from a previous version of iOS. Here’s how to perform the OTA update.

OTA Update iOS 9

Step 1: Open the Settings app

Step 2: Tap the General section

Step 3: Tap Software Update

iOS will check for update, and once it is found, you can proceed with the update.

As mentioned, you can also use iTunes and update in the traditional manner.

iPhone Update iOS 9

Step 1: Connect your device you your computer via USB

Step 2: Open iTunes

Step 3: Select your device and click the Summary section

Step 4: Click Update and iTunes will download and install iOS 9

Even iOS 9 GM users will need to update!

Unlike in years past, Apple has issued an OTA update for GM seed users as well. The GM seed of iOS 9 and the public version of iOS 9 sport different build numbers, indicating a change between the iOS 9 GM and the final public version of iOS 9. For that reason, even if you’re on the iOS 9 GM, you’ll still need to perform an update.

What next?

Once you’re updated to iOS 9, it’s time to check out some of the cool new features present in the update! Check back periodically throughout the day, as we’ll be sharing tons of tips, tricks, and new iOS 9 feature walkthroughs.

What do you think about iOS 9? Are you excited that it’s finally here?

  • philip Mills

    downloading jeff 🙂

  • iNeedANameHere

    For those getting the Update Error from the Settings app like I was I’m plugged into iTunes and its updating fine. You may want to give that a try if you have a PC or Mac around.

    • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

      Will have to give this a try now. Thanks

      • iNeedANameHere

        Not a problem 🙂

  • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

    I’m running iOS 9 GM, and the update keeps failing

    • Be patient. Servers are being hit hard.

      • Nabil Affan AlSoufi

        Is same apply to Public Beta 9.1?

      • There is no update for users of the 9.1 beta because 9.1 is newer than 9.0…

        iOS 9.1 is what will be released next, sometime down the line…

    • besrate hogsa

      backup and do DFU MODE to restore in itunes

      • aqib

        download ipsw from aqibshah . webs. com
        all links active (y)

      • besrate hogsa

        itunes is more reliable for official release

    • aqib

      wait for the link to get active… then try restoring via itunes…good luck

    • Eikast

      If you’re running iOS 9 GM then there is no update for you…

      • Andrew Breyen

        No, as stated above:

        “Even iOS 9 GM users will need to update!

        Unlike in years past, Apple has issued an OTA update for GM seed users as well. The GM seed of iOS 9 and the public version of iOS 9 sport different build numbers, indicating a change between the iOS 9 GM and the final public version of iOS 9. For that reason, even if you’re on the iOS 9 GM, you’ll still need to perform an update.”

  • Tim

    Will be keeping my jailbreak until I have my 6s Plus.

    • ayesh

      lame fucker

      • Tim

        And I deserved that comment because you’re an immature 14 year-old, or some other reason?

    • Same. I’m selling my iPhone6 (16GB) and buying 6s Plus (64GB). I keep the jailbreak so i can get more paid.

      • Tim

        Buying the exact same phone but I do not have the same reason for the jailbreak. I just like to enjoy my jailbreak for as long as it will last haha. Who knows how long iOS 9 will be locked up.

  • Vijay Kumar Gauba

    How to update to iOS 9 from iOS 9.1? Please suggest ways and means.

    • Nabil Affan AlSoufi

      I have same question and wondering if it will “downgrade from 9.1 Public Beta” to iOS 9 official version!!

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        yes, you can sir!

      • aqib

        backup your iphone…then try restore from backup after updating to ios 9… if you get incompatibility error while restoring, then you ll need to resort to third party app like dr. fone by wondershare to extract your backup file manually. tough work but not impossible
        …good luck

    • There’s no easy way to go from 9.1 -> 9.0 without losing data. You’d have to set the device up as new.

      • besrate hogsa

        there is

        you can backup your device using iTunes and then restore from backup

      • You can restore a backup from a newer version of iOS onto an older version of iOS (without editing the backup)? I know this would work for restoring an iOS 8 backup on iOS 9 or an iOS 9.0 backup on iOS 9.0 but generally you can’t do it from a newer backup since the data could be incompatible or in a different format…

      • besrate hogsa

        oh! thank you i didn’t know that

    • ayesh

      u dirty hairy 5 dollar an hour indian . there is no 9.1 at the moment

      • besrate hogsa

        ayesh you are an ass-wipe and a shithead

    • Himanshu Oberoi

      go to iDB download page

      select the device you want update for

      then download it on your system

      then open iTunes (latest) and

      Step 1: Open iTunes player
      Step 2: Connect Apple device to your computer via USB cable
      Step 3: Go to iTunes and select your device from the left sidebar
      Step 4: Click on “Restore” and shortcut keys (Hold Alt key (on Mac) or Shift key (on Windows) and click on the “Restore” button
      Step 5: Select the IPSW file and wait for the installation to complete

      • aqib

        download from aqibshah . webs. com
        all ipsw links active (y)

      • Andrew Breyen

        True, but iDB and iTunes links are OFFICIAL. No real chance of corruption.

    • besrate hogsa

      that was a good and relevant question

  • Satyam Panchal

    Does iOS 9.1 public beta user get update?

    • iNeedANameHere

      You won’t see the update because 9.1 is a higher OS build than 9.0

    • Satyam Panchal

      Oh ohk thanks bro

      • aqib

        try restoring in DFU mode through itunes

    • besrate hogsa

      no
      if you want to go back to ios 9.0 use a restore in itunes
      don’t forget to backup your device

      • aqib

        download from aqibshah . webs. com
        all ipsw links working actively(y)

      • besrate hogsa

        ios 9.0 is out no need for link anymore

  • aqib

    download working fine in INDIA

  • aXe

    was getting the error, (OTA) shutting down the setting app and going back worked for me… coincidence or luck… dunno, downloading now 🙂

  • aqib

    how long will it take for links to get active???

    • If you mean download links for the ipsw file you can get them from ipsw .me (remove the space).

      • aqib

        thanks bro

  • aqib

    ipsw [dot] me ios 9 download links got active…

  • Daniel Beecham

    If i’m on a 9.0 Beta version, do I need to restore or can I get the final Version just with OTA??

    • Jejomar Bautista

      im on ios 9 public beta. the final version update is not appearing

  • mashud alam

    jeff plss give link to download IOS9 in IDB

    • aqib

      download from aqibshah . webs. com
      all links active (y)

  • Bam Bam

    Did anyone else see their battery percentage drop 30% after the update? Was at 100 before the update (which took the usual 5 minutes ish). Strange.

    • aqib

      working fine with me… no such issue

  • aqib

    downloa ipsw from aqibshah . webs. com
    all links active (y)

  • Devs always seem to recommend a full restore…. Why? Better performance?

    • Andrew Breyen

      You don’t have to. It’s recommended because it can sometimes remove bad temp files, etc. It can sometimes give better performance.

      Personally, whenever I do a major iOS upgrade, I do a full restore, and overnight let apps re-download etc.

  • ReanimationXP

    “How to breathe air”

  • Andrew Breyen

    Servers are getting hammered. You can try using iTunes to update, instead of OTA. That may work. Or try downloading IPSW from iDB.

  • Jake Platt

    Downloaded it today and gave it a trial on my 5s. For anyone unsure if they should give up their jaikbreak for it, my advice would be not to at this stage if you have tweaks that you value. I understand people are interested in any new iOS iteration, but there is genuinely not a lot that will interest you compared to the value of cydia tweaks. The new notes app is the best upgrade I could find and I genuinely would like to have that, but beyond that there’s nothing much you couldn’t get from a jaikbreak tweak, and I did not find performance or battery life to be anything special after testing it for a day. I am happy that I left my iPhone 6 jailbroken, however when watchOS 2 comes out that may be a more compelling reason to upgrade.

  • Anybody else having problems with iMessage after the update?

    • Jejomar Bautista

      im on ios 9 public beta. the final version update is not appearing 🙁

  • Rahimo

    Any jailbrake news??