How To Prepare Your iPhone, iPad For iOS 9 The Right Way


iOS 9 final is all set for release on the 16th of September, and that date happens to be a couple of days away from today. And in order to make sure the update goes as smoothly as possible for you, here's what you need to do on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Backup All Your Data


Backing up your data is something which everyone should be doing from time to time. And since iOS 9 is right on the horizon, taking a quick backup of everything on your device should be your first port of all, and you can find all the details by going here: How To Backup iPhone, iPad Using iCloud, iTunes.

Check For Compatibility

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iOS 9 is supported on pretty much every device, and here's the complete list of them.

  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 6
  • iPod touch 5

We haven't counted in the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro or the iPad mini 4 since these devices will come pre-installed with iOS 9.

Free Up Space On Your Device

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iOS 9 is a big update, but despite that, it requires a smaller footprint for installation. In fact, according to Apple, iOS 9 requires only 1.3GB of space on your device in order to perform the upgrade. But even with the 1.3GB-only requirement in place, we suggest that you free up at least more than 2GB on your device to make things run their course as smooth as possible. We recommend that you delete photos and videos off your devices once you've backed them up on iCloud or iTunes. Furthermore, users can take the route of deleting unwanted apps to free up some space as well, and also delete Safari history data to loosen up some free space even more.

Charge Up Your Device Well Before The Update

Downloading and installing next-gen software updates can take a tremendous amount of time especially if you have an old iOS device. We recommend that on the 16th, users charge up their iPhones, iPads or iPod touches to the fullest before hitting the road. In case the update does drop and you're on WiFi, you won't be scrambling to find a USB cable just to complete the installation process.

Clean Install Or OTA?

If you don't wish to go through the nonsense of restoring your photos, apps and settings all over again, then you might want to take the OTA route. If you wish to install clean, then taking a fresh approach using iTunes is the way to go.

We'll have detailed guides on how to do a clean install or perform an OTA update on the 16th, so be sure to be on a lookout for that.

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