Apple is constantly updating the operating system installed on its iPhones, which is referred to as iOS. Updates to the iOS operating system are referred to by number, and the method for performing certain tasks can vary significantly between different iOS versions.
So if you are having difficulty making a change to your iPhone or you cannot find a feature that is supposed to be there, then it’s helpful to know how to check your iOS version.
Once you know the version, it can be a lot easier to determine if there is something wrong with your iPhone, or if you cannot do something because of the iOS version your device is currently using.
Find Your iPhone’s iOS Version
The steps below were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8. The screens will look different in earlier versions of iOS, but the steps will be the same.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Tap the About option at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Look for the Version option in the column at the left side of the table. Your iOS version is listed to the right of that. The first number in the version is how the different versions of iOS are typically described. So while the version in the screenshot below is technically called iOS 8.1.3., it is usually just referred to as iOS 8.
Now that you know how to check the iOS version on your iPhone, you can use this information to help someone that is attempting to troubleshoot a problem, or if you want to know whether or not you have a specific feature on your device.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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