Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Tomorrow, September 18, Apple is releasing iOS 7, a major software upgrade for iPhones and iPads that promises to be a visual departure from what you’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the screen. It promises a new look, all-new features for better multitasking, and built in iCloud connectivity. But before you upgrade your mobile device to take a look at these exciting new changes, is your device ready? To make sure that you don’t encounter any problems, prepare your device by doing these six things before putting the new operating system on your iPhone or iPad.
1. Check compatibility. Newer devices such as iPhone 4, 4s, and 5, iPad 2, 3, and 4, iPad Mini, and fifth generation iPod Touches are iOS 7 compatible. If your Apple mobile devices is compatible, then you’ll want to keep reading.
2. Take some time to delete apps you no longer use. Not only will you regain some storage but you’ll also have fewer apps to update in subsequent steps if you take a few minutes and clean up your app collection.
3. Connect your mobile device to your computer and make sure you have a strong wifi signal.
4. Update all of your apps. Find the App Store icon on your device. If there is a number inside a red and white circle, you have apps that need to be updated. Tap on Updates in the bottom right of your screen and then on the top right, tap Update All to automatically update all of your apps to the most recent version.
5. Back up your data. Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup and check at the bottom of the screen for when the Last Backup was performed. If the backup is not current, verify that your iCloud Backup is turned on and tap Back Up Now. If your backup is too large to fit on iCloud, you can reduce the backup size by deleting unnecessary videos and photos. Some users may prefer to backup the device to a computer with iTunes which is perfectly acceptable too.
6. Don’t upgrade the iOS on your device until you’re ready. There’s no hurry to upgrade but when you’re ready, make sure you’ve performed all the steps above. Then initiate the upgrade by going to Settings- > General -> Software Update on your device. After the update has completed and your apps have been restored, go back to App Store -> Updates and tap Update All.
If you have trouble upgrading to iOS 7, here are some helpful resources that can assist you until you can get to the Genius Bar for some hands-on help:
- If you read this and are wondering about what iOS 7 is and what it will do for you, what the look and feel will be like, and how it’s different from what you currently use, MacWorld provides Everything You Need to Know About iOS 7
- CNET provides a look at the new iOS 7 interface through iOS 7 Changes are Overwhelmingly Cosmetic.
- TechCrunch provides help if you run into problems with “last compatible apps” in On Eve of iOS 7 Launch, Apple Starts Letting Users Install Last Compatible Versions of Apps