In case you didn’t know, in the world of mobile phones, the manufacturers and software developers release a particular software version and the carriers are the ones to edit that version and decide precisely what features to offer their clients and when to make it available. For instance, do you recall the famous update that allows iPhones to automatically switch between LTE, 3G, and Edge? While it was released as an iOS update, it was allowed specifically by the carrier. And that’s just one example of such situations.
Aside from the regular iOS or stock and third-party updates, you should also be looking, every now and then, for some carrier setting updates. When such updates are available, whether it comes from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or even Apple, you should benefit from improved experience and security. So, this isn’t the kind of update you would like to miss…
If you’re curious how you can get one, let us specify that, quite often, a carrier settings update will overlap with an iOS update request. Sure, there are also instances when you will have the chance to see an actual pop-up that lets you know there’s a new update in pending. And, just like the title of this tutorial suggests, you can also personally check for available updates every now and then.
For you to know exactly what to expect, let us say one more thing. These updates are small, but aiming for very specific adjustments and improvements. It’s all about the carrier specific settings, be it the personal hotspot, the cell network, the making call options, the text messaging, or even the voicemail. And if you find such an update available, it cannot hurt to run it!
How to check for available carrier settings updates on iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus:
- Turn on the iPhone;
- Turn on the Settings app;
- Stop at the General tab;
- Select the About option;
- If you linger on that window for a few seconds and an update is available, you will see a pop-up notification telling you that new settings are available;
- You will also have two options to choose from: Not Now and Update;
- Select to Update and wait for it to install the carrier settings update.
At the same time, you can seek extra information on how to update your carrier settings at the official Apple Support Page. But no matter how you do it, keep this in mind: the update will result into restarting your cellular service cycle. If you’re making a call, sending an SMS or an iMessage text, a voice text message or anything else that requires data transfer, do not activate the update before you finish your action. Now, go on and check if there’s any carrier update for your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus!