iOS 7 download problems: Issues installing new software for iPhone, iPad users

iOS 7 download problems have been frustrating users when Apple's new operating system finally released to the public on September 18,2013.

Thousands of users took to social media on the day of the launch to complain of message saying that the software update failed with the message, "An error occurred downloading iOS 7.0.'

Since the download for the new iOS went live earlier this weak, Apple's servers have been struggling from the sheer number of people logging onto to download the software, which could take up as much as 1GB of space. Another reason for the error message is because your device is lacking adequate space for the download, which could be as much as 1GB.

Before downloading the new software, be sure to back up all your data onto your computer or iCloud, and make sure you have plenty of space to accommodate the large software.

There are two ways to install the free upgraded iOS 7 on your iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, and fifth-generation iPod Touch. The all the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will come pre-installed with the latest mobile OS.

iPhone and iPad owners are advised to fully back-up the contents of their device with iCloud following these directions: Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage > Back Up Now.

Another option is to back-up via iTunes by connecting your device to your computer, clicking on your device and selecting Back Up Now.

Installation Over-The-Air

The iOS 7 can be downloaded over-the-air wirelessly. Before downloading and installing, be sure to plug in your device to a power source.

Follow these steps to download the iOS 7: Settings > General > Software Update. Once Apple has the update available, users will be able to see 'iOS 7', which they can then click on to download. Users are warned to expect long downloading times today, as it is the public launch date of the new OS and millions of users will be logging onto Apple servers to download the new software, which could be as large as 1GB.

When the software completes downloading, users can begin following the installation directions that will pop up on your device.

Installation via iTunes

If you prefer to connect your device to your iMac or Macbook to install the new software, you can do so via iTunes.

First, be sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. Then, connect your device to your computer via a USB cable, which will prompt iTunes to load up. Then, click on your device which will be shown on the upper-right side of the iTunes page. Then click 'Check for Updates'. When the iOS 7 is available for download, you will see the option to download the software. Once you select the option to Download and Update, the new system will be installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Meanwhile, Apple has launched a page on its website featuring the all new revamped iOS 7. The page explains the new features in the mobile operating system. The site states: "iOS 7 introduces great new features like Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. It also makes the things you do every day even easier, faster, and more enjoyable. And while many of the apps look different, the way you do things feels perfectly familiar. So from day one, you know how to use the world's most advanced mobile OS. In its most advanced form."

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