How To Check For iPhone Carrier Settings Update


Here's a complete step-by-step guide on how to check for carrier settings update on your iPhone.


In the course of using your iPhone, you'll notice that very occasionally you would come across a 'Carrier Settings Update' prompt on the display. Once that message pops up, you might be wondering to yourself - what is a carrier settings update?

What Is A Carrier Settings Update?

From time to time, Apple, or your carrier will push out carrier-related settings or updates to your device to make sure your handset works flawlessly over a cellular network.

According to Apple's support document on the matter:

Carrier settings updates are small files that can include updates from Apple and your carrier to carrier-related settings, such as network, calling, cellular data, messaging, personal hotspot, and voicemail settings. You may receive notifications from time to time to install new carrier-settings updates.

The gist of the whole thing is this: carrier settings update enhance the overall compatibility of the iPhone with a wireless carrier and of course, boost performance as well.

How To Check For iPhone Carrier Settings Update

Checking for a carrier update manually is a piece of cake, and we've broken down the process in easy to understand steps along with screenshots.

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Now tap on 'General.'

3. Now look for an entry labelled 'About' and tap on that as well.

4. If there's a carrier update available for your iPhone, then it will immediately pop up in a matter of seconds. Otherwise, you'll see nothing.

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If there's a 'Carrier Settings Update' available, then simply tap on the 'Update' button to go ahead and install it. If you choose to ignore it for some reason, then simply tap on the 'Not Now' button.

There are some carrier settings update that are mandatory to install, and iOS will do the legwork for you and go ahead with the installation without your consent. Usually such updates patch crucial performance issues that can arise from time to time and could be something which Apple, or your carrier, see fit to patch in one fell swoop.

We highly recommend that users go ahead and install the latest carrier settings update on their iPhone, as it can improve the overall quality of the user experience. If you don't, it's entirely your call.

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