How to Update Phone from Computer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes Open iTunes on your Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier or on your Windows PC. Connect your device to your computer. Click the device button in iTunes toolbar. ... In the Summary tab, click Check for Update. Click Download and Update. ... If asked, enter your passcode.

Keeping your phone software up-to-date is crucial to ensure that it runs smoothly and securely. While most people update their phones wirelessly, some prefer to do it via computer. If you’re one of them, then this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of updating your iPhone software using a Windows computer.

Step 1: Download iTunes

The first step is to download iTunes on your computer. You can find the download link in the description of this article. Once you’re on the website, scroll down and look for “Other Versions.” Click on “Download iTunes for Windows now 64-bit” and wait for the download to finish. Then, click on the .exe file and set up iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer

Open the iTunes application and connect your iPhone to your computer using the original charging cable. When you see the message “Do you want to allow this computer to access information on [your device name]?” click on “Continue.” Then, check your iPhone and tap on “Trust” when you see the message. If prompted, enter the passcode you use to unlock your device.

Step 3: Check for Software Update

You should now see your iPhone pop up on iTunes. If there is a new software version available, you’ll see a message that says, “A new iPhone software version is available.” Click on “Download and Update” or “Download Only” if you don’t see the message.

If you don’t see the message, click on your iPhone first and then click on “Update.” iTunes will check for any available software update. If there is one, you’ll see a message that says, “iTunes will update your iPhone to iOS [version] and verify the update with Apple.” Click on “Update.”

Step 4: Download Firmware File (Optional)

If the download keeps failing, you can try downloading the firmware file manually. To do this, go to and select your device. Then, select any firmware that is in the “signed IPSWs” area and click on “Download.” Wait for the download to complete.

Step 5: Update Your iPhone Using the Firmware File (Optional)

Once the download is complete, go back to iTunes and hold down Shift while left-clicking on “Update.” Then, select the firmware file you just downloaded and wait for the update to complete.

Updating your phone software from your computer is easy and straightforward. By following these steps, you’ll be able to ensure that your iPhone runs smoothly and securely.


How do I update my phone using my computer?
Connect your device with computer using USB cable (cable is enclosed in device's package). Right-click on your device in the Device list and select Update Firmware from the menu. Follow the instructions. Update is done automatically.
How can I update my iPhone on my computer without iTunes?
Updating iPhone by using Wi-Fi is the easiest way to update without iTunes because you can complete the process through the wireless network without connecting to the computer.
How do I manually update my iPhone?
Go to Settings >, General, then tap Software Update. If you see more than one software update option available, choose the one that you want to install. Tap Install Now.
Can I update my iPhone from my Mac?
On your Mac, you can update software on your iPhone, iPad, or an iPod touch. Connect your device to your Mac. You can connect your device using a USB or USB-C cable or using a Wi-Fi connection.