How to Prepare Your iPhone, iPad for iOS 10


Here's how you can prepare your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch for iOS 10, which is due for final release tomorrow.

What You Need to Do Before Installing iOS 10 Tomorrow

iOS 10 will be available to download worldwide tomorrow, as that's the date Apple officially announced at its iPhone 7 keynote. But before you go ahead and blindly install iOS 10 onto your device, there are a few things which you should do beforehand, saving yourself a lot of trouble in the process.

Make Sure You've Backed up Everything

As obvious it may sound, make sure you backup everything on your device to either iCloud or iTunes. Since we are a full day away from release, doing the honors right now will be a wise thing to do.

Have Ample Storage Free on Your Device Before Updating Over the Air

iOS updates can be big at times. And given the fact that iOS 10 is a major release, therefore we highly recommend freeing up quite a bit of space from your device. How much space exactly? We would suggest at least 3GB of it. You can start freeing up space by backing up your photos and delete apps which you deem 'useless.'

Keep Your Device's Power Adapter / Power Bank At Arm's Reach

There's no telling where you might be when iOS 10 drops tomorrow. And if you've decided to still go ahead with the installation despite your location, we recommend keeping your device's power adapter or at least a compatible power bank at hand. Why so? Because iOS updates do not install until or unless you have 50% or more battery on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Therefore keeping a portable power source is the way to go.

Be Ready for a Downgrade If Things Don't Work out for You

If you have a very old iPhone or iPad at hand then there is a chance you might end up seeing some performance related issues. If that is so and you decide to downgrade your device instantly, then make sure you are well prepared for it as well. First and foremost download the iOS 9.3.5 firmware file for your device and save it to a safe location on your computer. Secondly, make sure you have your device's USB cable at hand and iTunes installed on your computer.

Play the Waiting Game

Once you've followed all of the steps above, you're all set to play the waiting game. We will inform our readers tomorrow when iOS 10 is released along with guides on how to install the update over the air, do a clean install, as well as downgrade if the need arises.

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