How to Prepare your iPhone for iOS 14 Update

Get your iPhone ready for iOS 14

by: - Last updated on: September 26th, 2020

Apple hosted a special, ‘Time Flies’ event at Apple Park yesterday, where it took to stage to unveil four new devices, alongside a couple of new services. The new products include two iPads: iPad Air 4 and iPad 8, and two Apple Watches: Series 6 and SE. On the other hand, the rest of the stage time was about two service announcements: Apple One and Fitness+. Besides these announcements, the one that got overshadowed by the impressive presentation was the release date for new operating systems — ones that will power Apple’s hardware lineup.

iOS 14

Yes, the much-awaited iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 are finally coming out of beta to the public later today (September 16). The new OSs were announced at the WWDC 2020, earlier this year, and since then have undergone various changes under the beta program, with the iOS 14 GM (Golden Master) out just a day before the release of the iOS 14. So, if you are on an iPhone and planning to update to the latest iOS 14, here’s a guide listing down a few things you must do to prepare your iPhone for an update.

iOS 14 Compatible Devices

iOS 14 supported devices

Apple’s latest operating system for its iPhone, iOS 14, will be available on its latest iPhones, due to launch sometime within the next few weeks. Besides, the older iPhones also get the latest update. The list for which includes:

  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S, 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE 2020 (2nd-generation)
  • iPhone SE (1st-generation)
  • iPod touch (7th-generation)

Now that you have found out if your device is compatible with iOS 14 or not, here are a few things you must do before smashing that update button as soon as the update goes live.

Note – the steps listed below are for iPhones currently running on the un-jailbroken version of iOS. So if you have a jailbroken iPhone and you want to retain it, you must abstain from following these steps (or otherwise). However, if you do not mind losing the jailbreak, you can always un-jailbreak your iPhone, perform a factory reset, and update to the latest iOS version.

How to Prepare your iPhone for iOS 14 Update

1. Clear Storage

One of the things you do not want when updating to a new iOS version is the same old clutter from the previous version, which you no longer need and always wanted to get rid of, being carried forward to the new update. The best time to get rid of it from your iPhone is now — before installing the update. So peruse through your iPhone to find out all the files, documents, and media you no longer use or need and remove them from your phone.

2. Organize springboard

organize springboard

The home screen, aka, springboard on your iPhone, contains all the apps and widgets you have installed on your phone. It is the first screen that appears when you unlock your phone and an address that you often land on when looking for apps. Since you have been using your iPhone all this time, it is likely that you might have collected a lot of apps and widgets that you once used, but no longer require. So, when moving to the latest iOS version, you must get rid of all the unused apps and widgets and organize the remaining ones in your preferred order.

3. Backup your iPhone

Getting a new iOS update on your iPhone is always exciting and intriguing. However, consequently, a lot of the time, users become carefree and start with the update process without taking a backup. While iOS updates are mostly troublefree, and the process is fairly smooth, it is still not worth risking the important documents and media on your phone. So, for a smoother and hassle-free experience, you should take at least one backup of your iPhone.

Irrespective of whether you have a Windows or a Mac, you should take a complete backup of your iPhone to keep all your data protected. Moreover, if you use iCloud for storage, you could also create a secondary backup of all the important media and documents on your device. Lastly, if there are apps and services like WhatsApp, you should take a backup of all the chats and media, just in case something goes wrong.

Backup using iCloud

iPhone backup on iCloud

IMAGE: Apple

To back up all the contents of your iPhone to iCloud, follow these steps:
1. Turn on Wi-Fi.
2. Open Settings and tap on your name on top. Here, select iCloud.
3. Tap on iCloud Backup and toggle the button next to iCloud Backup.
4. Click on Backup Now.

Backup on Mac

iPhone backup on Mac

IMAGE: Apple

Apple has abandoned iTunes support on Mac. Instead, if you now want to perform anything on your device (including update), you can do it using Finder. Here’s how:

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac using the cable.
2. Open Finder. If a message pops up, click on Trust This Computer and enter the passcode.
3. Locate your device under the Locations section.
4. Click on Backup Now.

Backup on Windows

If you are on Windows, your only resort to backup up your iPhone content is using iTunes. To make sure the process goes smoothly, ensure that you are using the latest version of iTunes. With that all set, here’s how to backup your iPhone on Windows:

1. Connect your iPhone to the PC using the cable.
2. Open iTunes, and upon receiving a pop-up, select Trust and enter your passcode.
3. Click on the Device button, select Summary, and click on Back Up Now.

How to Download and Update to iOS 14

Once you have prepared your iPhone for the update, you are ready to update it to iOS 14. To do this, the first thing you need to do is turn on the Wi-Fi. Next, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. If iOS 14 has rolled out in your region, you should see a listing for the same here. Once available, your iPhone should automatically start downloading the update. If it does not, it is likely that you have Automatic Updates turned off. In which case, you can enable it, or you can click on the Download and Install button below the update.

Once the update is downloaded, your iPhone will restart a few times to install the update on the phone. So sit back and relax!

After you have installed iOS 14, the one thing that you must do right away is to update all the apps on your iPhone. For, with a new version of an operating system, app developers need to fulfill certain dependencies and incorporate the necessary changes before their apps can take advantage of the new operating system and can offer the changes/improvements it has to offer.

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