Getting ‘Carrier Settings Update’ message on your iPhone or iPad? This is what it means

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Carrier Settings Update on iPhone and iPad

It’s been reported that many iPhone and iPad users are getting a ‘Carrier Settings Update’ and they are wondering what sort of update it is. There is nothing to worry as this is just a regular update sent out by either the mobile company or the carrier that you might be using at a particular time.

This Recode blog post explains in detail what the message means and whether you should go ahead and update your device or not.

The message ‘Carrier Settings Update’ is coming on almost all iPhones and iPads that use a SIM card from a particular carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon (these are mostly carrier companies in America and Europe). If you want to move carrier, you should check out Public Mobile review to see the plans they’re offering too.

These carriers setting updates are sent by all mobile phone manufacturers and you get these updates even on your Android devices but on Android devices, you don’t get a separate message. These updates are downloaded as a part of general updates.

What exactly is a carrier setting update?

According to the Apple support site, “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 hotspots and voicemail settings.”

So basically they are routine downloads.

Should you go on and let the carrier setting update take its own course?

Mostly yes. As I have mentioned above, in Android-based mobile phones you don’t even get the notification. The carrier setting updates happen automatically.

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