iOS 15: prepare your iPhone (or iPod) for the update –

A major update is always a delicate operation and is not without risk. This is not only true for computers and software, but also for smartphones, tablets, and other devices. While the iOS 15 system of iPhone and other iPod Touch is being carried out in our devices, what are the precautions to take to correctly address the handling?

iOS 15 will be released by Apple from September 20, it is the default system installed on the new iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max and Mini. It introduces a host of new features, including Live Text, which lets you scan and interact with the text in your photos, revamped notifications to help you manage all your phone alerts, improved FaceTime, sharing features for iMessage, or even improved 3D and virtual reality. for Apple Maps.

All the manipulations recommended below are optional. However, those that allow you to backup the content of your Apple device are recommended.

1 – Check compatibility with iOS 15

Before embarking on the preparations, keep in mind that only the iPhone 6s and above will be eligible for the upgrade. As for iPods, only the iPod Touch 7G will be able to switch to iOS 15.

2 – Free up space

An iOS update requires some free disk space to install, even if Apple has made improvements at this point. In general, it is still advisable do not saturate the memory of your device to leave a little free space so as not to risk being blocked when taking photos or videos. Start by classifying your apps by removing the ones you no longer use. Do the same for music, pictures, and videos.

3 – Write down your Apple IDs and codes

You may be one of those people who never restarts their mobile or who only uses a fingerprint or face to identify themselves. For a major update like iOS 15, it will be necessary to reboot and enter your credentials. Before starting the procedure, make sure that you have the passcode that unlocks your device but also your Apple ID. You can verify on that you can log in or, failing that, request a password reset.

4 – Updated before the update?

You will only be able to switch to a different version of iOS if your device has the latest version of the internal software. Go to the settings under “General”, then “Software Update” and make the latest stable update of iOS 14 available (14.8). On the other hand, check that your applications are also up to date or that the automatic application update system is configured correctly.

5 – iCloud to store your data

iCloud is the free account linked to your Apple ID that you can backup your iPhone before updating iOS. However, it does not back up all the content on your phone. What you buy with your Apple ID, like apps or music, will not be backed up because Apple knows you already purchased them and will allow you to download them again for free. Email, contacts, and calendars are usually synced to your email account like Gmail, but in some cases you can sync them to iCloud as well.

You can check all of this by going to iOS Settings and then to the Passwords and Accounts section, which has a list of your email addresses. Under each address, you can see what is being synced: mail, contacts, calendars, etc.

To start an iCloud backup, connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi, then go to Settings and tap the tab Apple / iCloud ID that also bears your name. On the next page, scroll down and press ICloud Backup, turn on iCloud backup, and then tap Back up now to get started.

Depending on the amount of data or if this is your first iCloud backup, the process can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Now, as long as your iPhone is plugged into AC, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi, it will automatically back up any new data you have in iCloud.

6 – Don’t have enough iCloud storage?

Each iCloud account is entitled to 5 GB of free space. But most of the users have more than 5GB of data on their iPhone or have more than one iOS device that needs to be backed up. Therefore, 5 GB is not enough. If this is the case for you, you may see this message on your iOS device: “This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available.”

To find out exactly how much iCloud space your backup file will take up, go to Settings, Then in Apple / iCloud ID (which also has your name on it), Then in iCloud, Then in Manage storage and finally in Backups. There you will see a list of devices that are backing up or trying to back up your account. If you see multiple backups of the same phone, look at the date for each one. Maybe there an older version that you can delete to free up iCloud space. Once you are done purging this list, tap on the name of the device you are currently using.

Wait a few moments and then look at the top of the screen. You should see the following details: Last Backup, Backup Size, and Next Backup Size. If you haven’t backed up your iPhone to iCloud before or for a long time, the next backup will be quite large.

If you have more than 5GB, you need to buy more storage or review what you are backing up.

  • To sort: At the bottom of the screen, under Next backup size, there is a list where you can choose which data to back up. This list contains applications and the amount of data that each one represents. If you just need a slightly smaller backup file, uncheck the largest items on the list, as long as saving them is not essential for you.
  • If you need to increase your initial allocated free iCloud capacity: Apple offers several paid plans: 50GB at $ 0.99 / month, 200GB at $ 2.99 / month, and 2TB at $ 9.99 / month.

6 – Alternatives (free) to iCloud: iTunes or Finder

In addition to the cloud, you can also store your data “old-fashioned”, that is, locally with the Lightning cable connected to your computer. If you are using macOS Mojave or an earlier version or you are on a Windows PC, you can simply connect your iPhone to your computer and save it to iTunes.

Open iTunes and then click on the little iPhone icon in the upper left of the window. Scroll down to the Backup section and under Automatic Backup, choose This Computer. After a while, your computer will have created a backup file of your iPhone. To check the file, go to the iTunes menu, select Preferences, and choose the Devices tab. From there, you can see a list of all the iPhone backups that you have made through iTunes.

macOS Catalina started the demise of iTunes whose functions are gradually being dismantled and reassigned to the heart of macOS. So if your Mac has macOS Catalina or later, instead of backing it up via iTunes, it will only use MacOS Finder. Open a Finder window and then select your device in the sidebar under Devices. On the right side, click the General tab. Then click Backup Now. This can take a while depending on how much data you have.

Should we update as soon as possible?

No software is bug-free, and problems encountered during the installation of a first major version are common. Therefore, wisdom would like us to let those who are in a hurry “erase” the first mistakes or wait to be sure that all is well.

On the other hand, if you want to update an iPhone 6s or a later model, preferably wait to see the first comments of other users who have these models less powerful than the most recent devices.

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