- Preventing Unauthorized People from Using Your Mobile Device
- Taking Advantage of Parental Controls
- Adjusting the App-Specific Privacy Settings on Your Mobile Device
- Keeping Your Mobile Device's Operating System and Apps Up to Date
- Managing Your Mobile Device's Wireless Connections
- Blocking and Managing Unwanted Calls to Your Smartphone
Keeping Your Mobile Device’s Operating System and Apps Up to Date
The iOS and Android operating systems, as well as the apps you’re running on your mobile device, are updated regularly to add features, fix bugs, and improve privacy or security. You should ensure you’re running the most up-to-date version of those on your devices.
Updating Your iPhone or iPad’s Operating System and Apps
To check whether an iOS update is available, connect your mobile device to the Internet, and follow these steps:
Tap the General option.
Tap the Software Update option.
To download and install the latest versions of apps, launch the App Store app. Tap the Updates icon (displayed at the bottom of the screen), place your finger near the center of the screen and swipe down to refresh the listing, and then tap the Update All option (displayed near the upper-right corner of the screen).
The latest version of the apps that have an Update button displayed to the right of the app name will be downloaded and reinstalled onto your iPhone or iPad, but all your app-specific data and personalization will remain intact. Get in the habit of checking for app updates at least once per week.
Updating Your Android Mobile Device Operating System and Apps
To check whether an Android operating system update is available, follow these steps:
Tap the General tab.
Tap the About Device option.
Tap the Check for Updates or Software Updates option.
To download and install the latest versions of apps on your Android device, connect your device to an Internet connection, launch the Google Play Store, tap the Menu icon (which looks like three horizontal lines to the left of the Google Play Search field), tap the My Apps & Games option, and then tap the Updates tab.