Apple iOS 8.1.2 update launched
Apple launches the iOS 8.1.2 update bringing minor bug fixes and finding lost ringtonesApple

Apple has released the latest update to iOS 8.1.2 to fix a number of bugs in its iPhone and iPad software as well as helping to find lost ringtones.

The update was released on Tuesday as an over-the-air update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users who are already using iOS 8. This release contains fixes for users as well as a fix for a problem regarding ringtones purchased from Apple being removed from devices.

Once you have updated the software on your iPhone, Apple says that to get the ringtones back, the company recommends visiting this site from your iOS device after installing the update.

This is a minor update to Apple's latest version of iOS, following the release of iOS 8.1.1 on 17 November. Apple has already released the more substantive update in beta form to developers which is expected to arrive for all users in early 2015.

Apple has yet to detail the security updates iOS 8.1.2 but will do so here soon.

How to download iOS 8.1.2 on your iPhone/iPad:

Before installing the update (or any update for that matter) it is always worth backing up your system completely. This is done by going to the Settings > iCloud > Backup and clicking backup now.

The easiest way to update your device is to carry out an over the air (OTA) update directly on your iPhone or iPad.

To check if the update is available, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update and your iPhone or iPad will automatically check if there is an update available.

If the update is available, then simply click on Download and Install, accept the Terms and Conditions and sit back and wait.

Remember if you are updating from iOS 7 or older you will need a significant amount of free space to update, but updating from iOS 8 to iOS 8.1.2 requires a lot less free space.

Also remember that you should have your phone/tablet plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi rather than using your slower cellular connection.

Finally, if you are trying to update to iOS 8.1.2 in the first few hours after Apple releases the new software, be prepared to wait as Apple's servers will be under considerable pressure as millions of devices look to update at once.

The update is available to owners of the following devices running iOS 8:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPod touch (fifth-generation)