What Version of IOS am I running?

IOS is the Apple software that runs your iPhone or iPad.  Apple regularly updates IOS in order to provide more functions, make improvements and fix security flaws.

If you want to take advantage of the latest iPhone or iPad features, you may need to know what version of IOS you are running.  This recipe will show you how to identify the IOS version your device is running.

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What is IOS and Why Does the Version Matter?

IOS is the Apple software that runs the iPhone and iPad.  

In the beginning IOS stood for iPhone Operating System but it is now software that is shared between iPhones, iPad, and iPod.  IOS provides the core phone functions and the built-in apps like email, camera, maps and more.  It is the software that runs your device.

Today in 2019 the current version is IOS 12.  Today, newly purchased devices are likely running IOS Version 12.  We share information and recommendations for Club members at Current IOS Recommendation

Apple updates IOS regularly in order to provide more functions, improvements and fix security flaws. Updates will bring changes.  Sometimes those changes force us to learn new commands and process.  But generally updates are a good thing.  Every software program ever developed has bugs.  It’s a fact of life and we should appreciate that Apple wants to fix and improve.

What Version of IOS am I running?

If you want to take advantage of the latest and greatest features of your device, you may need to know your IOS version.

Here how to determine the version of IOS on your device.  Tap Settings, General, and About.  The following screen shows the version.

iPhone About screen showing IOS Version 11.2.2

The first number that you see (likely 11 or 12) is the primary version number.  The numbers following the periods represent subsequent updates to the software.  

How to I update  IOS?

In order to get the latest and greatest features you may need to update your IOS.  Please refer to Senior Tech Recipe #14 How to Perform an IOS Software Update.

Check for Understanding

Use the following questions to determine if you need to read or study this recipe.  You might already have an understanding of this topic. Following your study, answer the same questions to help you check your understanding of the skills taught in this lesson.

  1. Do you know what version of IOS you are running on your device or
  2. Do you know where the IOS version can be found?

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Wikipedia – IOS Version History – a comprehensive list of all of the versions of IOS, dates and essential improvements.

Apple Support – About IOS 11 Updates

Other Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on IOS:

NumberTitle
How to Perform an IOS Software Update
014How to Perform an IOS Software Update
What Version of IOS am I running?
013What Version of IOS am I running?
How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
N36How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
Current IOS Version Recommendation
N32Current IOS Version Recommendation
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