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Apple has flipped the switch and started to roll out iOS 14.5 to iPhone owners worldwide. The hotly-anticipated update, which has been in testing for 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 Face ID can still unlock your iPhone when wearing a face covering.
To start updating to the latest version of Apple’s hugely successful operating system, you need to head to Settings > General > Software Update.
Apple started to roll out iOS 14.5 at around 10am in California, which works out at around 6pm in the UK. If you are already running iOS 14 on your smartphone, you should have no problems installing iOS 14.5 on your handset. If you haven’t made the jump to iOS 14 yet, here are all the devices that will work with this latest software.
Which iPhone models can update 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 on the list above, you’re all set. 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 you need to do before installing
First up, it’s always worth backing up your data before making the move to any new version of iOS. With any luck, there won’t be any issues moving your iPhone over to iOS 14.5. However, there have been a few hiccups with iOS upgrades in the past, so we can’t rule anything out.
As such, your first step should be to back-up your iPhone before attempting any update. This can be handled over iCloud – the cloud-based storage option available to every Apple user, or iTunes – provided that you’ve got a Mac or MacBook nearby with the correct cable to complete the back-up. To use iCloud, first you’ll want to connect to a Wi-Fi network, launch the Settings app, then tap your Apple ID at the top of the list. Scroll down and tap on the iCloud tab, then iCloud Backup, and finally, Back Up Now.
Next up, you’ll need some free storage to download the iOS 14.5 update and kickstart the upgrade on your iPhone. If you’re the sort of person who is constantly swatting away warnings about ‘Low Storage’ every time you take a photograph, video, or try to install a new app – you’ll need to make some ruthless cuts before attempting to upgrade.