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iOS 13.3.1 released – bug-fixing update now available

Apple has released another minor update to its operating system in iOS 13.3.1. This update fixes pesky bugs that have been affecting Screen Time, Mail, Deep Fusion, FaceTime, and more. If you have an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro there’s also a new location services setting related to the device’s U1 location chip.

Though it’s not a huge update on its own – especially if you’ve not encountered problems with any of the above – it’s always worth keeping on top of these things. There have been a lot of fixes since iOS 13 first dropped in September, so if you’re one of the 23% still running iOS 12 or below we highly recommend you update now.

And if you haven’t got iOS 13.3 yet, you’re missing out on improvements to parental controls, the Memoji keyboard, and video editing in Photos.

Apple has simultaneously released an iPadOS 13.3.1 update to address similar issues on its flagship tablet.

How to update

To get iOS or iPadOS 13.3.1, simply follow the instructions in SettingsGeneral > Software Update. Then simply follow the instructions to download and install the update.

These days, you don’t need much storage space free to update – your device will intelligently offload apps while it installs the update and then put them right back again when it’s finished.

It’s generally a good idea to back up your device before a big iOS update, to ensure your data is safe in case anything goes wrong – the easiest way to do this is using iCloud Backup in Settings.