Apple just released a major software update for your iPhone and iPad — here's how to install it

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Apple just released a major software update for your iPhone and iPad — here's how to install it

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  • Apple's new software for iPhone and iPad is available now.
  • It's called iOS 11 and adds plenty of new features.
  • Here's how to install iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad.

Apple just released iOS 11, the next major software update for your iPhone and iPad.

iOS 11 is a pretty big update, particularly on the iPad where it improves multitasking by allowing you to run even more apps side-by-side and adds drag-and-drop functionality. On the iPhone, you'll find new controls, an entirely revamped App Store and more.

Installing iOS 11 is easy. Here's how.

Open "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tap "General"

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Tap "Software Update"

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That's it!

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iOS 11 will begin downloading and will automatically install. All of your apps and settings should remain in place, but it's always a good idea to make sure you have a recent iCloud backup in place just in case.

Still not sure if you want to update? Check out these 5 useful features you'll get if you do: