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How to download iOS updates with your mobile data

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For now, you can only download iOS updates over 5G on iPhone 12 models. Older models need to be connected to an active Wi-Fi network to carry out the operation. Unfortunately, the date change method doesn’t work on newer iOS versions anymore. Users had to set their dates 6 months ahead which allowed them to download updates over their own data.

Good news is, there’s still a workaround. But you’ll only benefit from it if you fall into these categories:

  • You just want to use your mobile data: Could be that you have enough data to complete the update or your mobile internet is faster than available Wi-Fi
  • You have a PC: Could be a laptop or desktop, as long as it supports internet sharing. Windows/Mac is most recommended
  • You have a USB Cable: Could be the lighting cable you normally use to charge your phone

For Windows

  1. Connect your iPhone to PC through USB
  2. Make sure your mobile data is turned on and Wi-Fi is off
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot
  4. Turn on Personal Hotspot. If prompted, choose “Bluetooth & USB”
  5. On your PC, the iPhone should be connected as an Ethernet
  6. Share your PC’s internet by Enabling Mobile Hotspot.
  7. Turn on your iPhone’s Wi-Fi and connect to the network your PC just created
  8. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to update your iOS

Remember to keep your USB connected. You basically just created a cycle with the same internet. Your iOS device now thinks it’s connected to a Wi-Fi network. This way, you’ll be able to update your iOS with your mobile data.

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