Some Tips Before Upgrading To iOS 11

Apple will be releasing the latest version of iOS which is iOS 11 on September 19th. Likely at 1PM EST. But before you upgrade, here’s some tips on what you might want to do before you pull that trigger:

1. Update your Apps: Make sure that all your apps are up to date before upgrading by opening the AppStore app and seeing if any updates are required. This is important because you need to make sure they are all 64-bit versions as iOS 11 has no support for 32-bit apps. After you do that, you still need to check if you have any 32-bit apps by doing this:

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap About
  4. Tap Applications

Here you will be given a list of the applications that are still 32-bit. These are the apps that maybe in danger of not working on iOS 11. If you tap on Applications, and no list of apps shows up, it means you don’t have any apps that are 32-bit.

2. Dump any uneeded photos, videos or apps: iOS updates tend to need a fair amount of free space to allow for a successful installation. Thus if you have anything less than 5GB of free space, consider deleting unused apps or photos/videos. In terms of the photos and videos you want to keep, you can move them to the cloud or a computer so that they’re safely stored without taking up space on your iPhone. I personally use iCloud myself, but Google Photos is another option.

3. Backup your iDevice: If you value the data on your iDevice, backing it up is a must. You have two options for backing up your iDevice: iCloud or iTunes. Follow this guide to backing up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes.

At this point you should be good to go to upgrade. Key word being SHOULD. Upgrading an operating system isn’t a trivial process. But if you take these steps beforehand, you should reduce the risk of any issues that you might encounter.

 

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