Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Upgrading to iOS 9, part of iOS 9 New Features.
- In this movie I'm going to show how to upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 9. On one hand this will help you see the upgrade process, but I also want to talk about how this process is going to change for future updates. If you've had troubles installing updates in the past because your device's storage was full there's something here that you'll probably really like. So I'm going to go into Settings, into the General category, then to Software Update. It takes a moment to check, and now I can see that the iOS 9 update is available.
This iPhone is running iOS 8, so I have the update option available here to update to iOS 9. And we also see something very valuable here. It tells me that this update requires about 1 GB of storage to download and install. Previous iOS installations required more free space. Sometimes as much as four GB. So moving into the future you won't need quite as much free space available on your device to run an upgrade. And that's going to make a big difference for a lot of people who tend to use almost all of their storage space.
Now before I do the update I want to look at something. I'm going to take a step back in Settings, and then I'll go to Usage. So I can see something very important here. I have 2 GB of Available Storage space on my device. So if the upgrade requires one GB of storage and I have 2 GB Available I'm in good shape. If you do not have enough free storage space on your device one option might be to connect your device to your computer, if you sync media from your computer, then you can change what you sync to free up some space.
Or directly on your iOS device you could come here to this Usage screen, tap on Manage Storage, and here you can see what's taking up the most space. So I can see that Music and Videos are taking up a lot of space on this device. So I could tap on one of these categories and I can even manually delete data right here. So let's say I can remove all of my Aerosmith music from my device to free up space. I can just swipe from the right to left across Aerosmith, hit Delete, and it frees up a little bit more space.
So you can go through here to these different sections and delete what you need to to make enough space to install the update. Now this leads us to another feature that won't help you upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 9, but it may help you with future updates in iOS 9. Let's say I was running an update, but I didn't have enough free space to download and install the update. Here in iOS 8 you can do what I just did to delete some apps or music to make space, but in a case like that in iOS 9 the device will offer to delete some of your apps and reinstall them after the update.
This is all handled automatically, so you don't have to worry about the individual steps. The device will delete the apps it needs to delete to make more space, then it'll run the update, and then it will automatically download and reinstall those apps from the App Store. Of course, this only works if you have apps on your device that it can delete to free up enough space. If not, you may still have to manually delete music or pictures before you can install the update. But what this means is that most users don't need to think about free storage space when running updates in the future in iOS 9.
Okay, so I've seen the important stuff about storage space, so I'll go ahead and start the upgrade process. Depending on your internet connection speed and some other factors it can take some time to download and install the upgrade. From here just follow the prompts and go through the process. Now I'm going to skip ahead in time to show you a few things that you should be aware of after the upgrade is finished. So now we can take a quick look at a few of the small changes. If you take a look at the text on the screen here you may notice that it looks a little bit different.
iOS 9 uses a different system font, it's called San Francisco. So the lettering will be thinner with a different spacing from iOS 8. San Francisco is a font that's designed to be easily readable on very small screens. You also may notice that some of your apps have changed. For example, I see a News app here. I also see an app called Wallet, but that's exactly the same as Passbook, they've just changed the name. The same with the Apple Watch app. If I take a look at that, the name of that app has changed to simply Watch.
Now we're going to talk about some of these apps specifically later in the course. You may also notice that some of the menus inside of Settings have changed. For example, if you remember before we did the upgrade in iOS 8 to take a look at how much of my storage space I've used I went into Settings, into General, and then there was an option labeled Usage. I don't see that option, but I do see an option labeled Storage & iCloud Usage. If you're hunting for a specific option in Settings just be aware that some of the options have changed, but the same settings should still be there even if they're under a different name.
But if you're having a hard time finding something specific there's also a new search tool right inside of Settings. All you need to do is go to the main Settings screen, which is where I am now, and then scroll all the way up to the top and it will reveal a search field. So you can tap on that and search for something specific. So maybe I'm having a hard time finding the settings for location services. I could go here, and then I could type in the word Location, and it gives me some options. And so if I think I've found the option that I'm looking for I can just tap on it and it takes me to that section inside of Settings.
So those are just a few of the small things you should be aware of as soon as you upgrade to iOS 9. So now I'm upgraded and I'm ready to dive into the rest of this course.
- Migrating from Android
- Working in Low Power mode
- Using new Siri commands
- Using the new and improved apps, including News and Wallet
- Slide Over and Split View multitasking
- Using the new keyboard tools and text selection features
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 09/28/2015. What changed?
A: We added four new movies covering features in the iPhone 6S, including 3D Touch and live photos.