iOS 12.4 for iPhone, iPod & iPad

Apple has released iOS 12.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The latest version of iOS system software mostly focuses on fixing and increasing bugs and therefore it is recommended for all users to download and install.

Separately, Apple also released iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 for old iPad and iPhone models, and Mac users can download MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 updates or 2019-004 Security Updates for Sierra and High Sierra depending on which system version they are . In addition, new updates for watchOS 5.3 and tvOS 12.4 are available for Apple Watch and Apple TV users.


How to Download & Install iOS 12.4 Update

Note: Be sure to back up to iCloud or iTunes, or both, before installing any iOS system software updates. Click below if you don’t know how to back up your iPhone / iPad.

How to Backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud

Step 1: How to Download & Install iOS 12.4 Update

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad, then go to “General” and to “Software Update”
  2. When “iOS 12.4” is shown as available, choose to “Download & Install”

iOS 12.4 update available to download

Updates will automatically reboot the iPhone or iPad to complete the installation.


Step 2: How to Download & Install iOS 12.4 Update

Another option is to update to iOS 12.4 using iTunes and a computer. Simply connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or Windows PC running the latest version of iTunes and install the iOS 12.4 update when displayed as available.

Note: that if you are currently running a beta release of iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 you will not see an iOS 12.4 update available on your device.


Step 3: How to Download & Install iOS 12.4 Update

Advanced users can also choose to download firmware files directly from Apple using the link below, then use the IPSW file to manually update iOS.


iOS 12.4 IPSW Download

=> How to Download and Install iOS Software Updates with IPSW Files

You can use IPSW files on Mac or Windows, both require iTunes to work properly. To use the latest version of IPSW firmware files to update or restore an iOS device, you’ll want to be sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed as well.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iOS device to your computer
  2. Select the device in iTunes
  3. On a Mac, hold down the “Option” key and then click on “Update”
  4. On a Windows PC, hold down “SHIFT” key and then click on “Update”
  5. Select the IPSW file you downloaded and click “Choose”
  6. Let the iOS device update as usual

how to use ipsw

Note: Going the IPSW route can take longer to update than using the newer OTA (over the air) method, the reason being that OTA uses smaller delta updates than the larger IPSW files, which are the full sized downloads and are often literally 10x the download size.

You can also click on “Restore” and select an IPSW instead but you will lose the existing files and settings on your iOS device. If you go that route, do not forget to backup beforehand.


=> How to Download and Install iOS Software Updates with OTA (Over The Air)

This works to install an available software update directly from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You should always backup the device before beginning.

  1. Launch Settings and tap on “General”
  2. Tap on “Software Update” to see information about the available iOS update
  3. Tap on “Download and Install” and let the process complete to update system software
Using OTA update

Updating with Over-the-Air software update mechanism is identical on all versions of iOS that support the update method.

You’ll agree to a Terms and Conditions, and if you’re not connected to a power source, you will get a pop-up notification suggesting you connect to one. Over The Air updates are much faster than iOS upgrades through iTunes or manual updates with firmware files, and assuming you have reasonably fast internet connectivity, should be done downloading in just a few minutes. Leave the device alone and it will automatically reboot and finish the installation.


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