Apple pushed out the final release of the iOS 10.2 software update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod on Monday, Dec. 12, which brings with it a slew of improvements and tweaks that are bound to find favor with users.
The iOS 10.2 update is an over-the-air (OTA) one, which is now making its way to owners of compatible models of the iPhone and iPad, as well as the sixth-gen iPod Touch.
Thanks to the latest update, which also brings new emojis and photo improvements, several iDevices would get updated to the latest version of the firmware, which is now available worldwide.
Compatible Apple Devices
The Apple devices that are compatible and eligible to receive the iOS 10.2 software update are as follows:
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6 Plus
12.9-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPad Air 2
iPod touch sixth-gen
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to download and install the iOS 10.2 software update, which is available for devices running iOS 10.
Important To Remember
Ensure your device has at least 50 percent battery charge.
Create a backup of important data.
Ensure you have access to a steady Wi-Fi connection.
How To Install The OTA Update
To install the iOS 10.2 update when it hits your compatible iDevice, simply head to Settings > General > Software Update. Next, tap on the Download option and follow the instructions to Install.
Your device will reboot once the update has been installed successfully.
How To Install The Update Manually
If you have not received an alert to download the OTA update, you need not fret as iOS 10.2 can also be installed manually.
Step 1: Ensure that you have iTunes' latest version on your PC or Mac.
Step 2: Switch off the Find My Phone feature. To do so navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle the feature off.
Step 3: Download the iOS 10.2 update on your compatible iDevice. The links for your specific, compatible model of the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can be accessed from this website.
Step 4: Once the update software has been downloaded on your iPhone 7, for example, connect the smartphone to your PC with a lightning cable.
Step 5: Launch iTunes and then select the tab for your device.
Step 6: PC users need to hold down the Shift key, and if you are a Mac user then hold the Alt key and simultaneously press the Restore iPhone option.
Step 7: Next, select the iOS 10.2 firmware file you previously downloaded when you get the prompt.
Step 8: Begin the installation of iOS 10.2 on your device, and once complete, the Apple device will reboot.