This guide will show you how to install iOS 9.1 on your Apple device to access new features.
The iOS 9.1 update is now available for users to download to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a free upgrade with fixes for many iOS 9 issues. This is how you can install iOS 9.1 on your iPhone or iPad with WiFi connection or iTunes.
You can use this guide to upgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 9.1 or from iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2 to iOS 9.1. It also works for upgrading from iOS 8, but takes longer to complete if you’re upgrading from an older version.
Before we get started, there are some things you should do before installing iOS 9.1 on your device to make sure you’re ready to update.
The iOS 9.1 update takes about 10 minutes to install on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. You can use the iPhone while downloading the update, but not while actually installing the update.
To install iOS 9.1, your iPhone or iPad must be at least 50% charged and connected to WiFi to download the update.
How to Download iOS 9 and Install iOS 9.1 Update
The iOS 9.1 update should download in less than 5 minutes with a fast Internet connection and there were no long download times even in the early moments of the release. We didn’t find any iOS 9.1 download errors or iOS 9.1 installation issues, but make sure you have a good backup before upgrading.
Most users will want to initiate iOS 9.1 download from iPhone or iPad for over-the-air (OTA) update. If that’s not what you want to do, you can still add in iTunes and update it that way.
You can start installing iOS 9.1 before you see a Notification bubble on your Settings icon. To do this, use the instructions below to check for a new update.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
- Or, tap on Download and Install to get started.
- Enter your password.
- Double accept the terms and conditions.
- Wait for the iOS 9.1 download to complete.
- Tap Install when prompted.
After the iOS 9.1 installation is complete, you will see a Hello screen on your iPhone or iPad and will need to enter your passcode. Connect to a WiFi Network again, and then enter your Apple ID password to connect.
How to Install iOS 9.1 with iTunes
Users who do not want to use OTA method to download iOS 9.1 update directly to iPhone or iPad can use iTunes to update. You will need a USB cable and you will still need an Internet connection to download the update.
You may receive a notification of an update available as soon as you connect to iTunes, but if you don’t you can use the instructions below.
- Click the iPhone or iPad icon in the top left.
- Click Check for Update.
- Click Download and Update.
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Enter your password when required
This process will take approximately the same time as using the iOS 9.1 download directly to your device.
You can see the new iOS 9.1 features in the slides below comparing iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 on iPhone.