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Get Your iPhone or iPad Ready for iOS 12 Later Today

In just a few hours from now, iOS 12 is going to be released to the public.  The latest version of Apple’s mobile Operating System has been in beta testing since June and it is ready for primetime.  While iOS 12 is very much a maintenance update – Apple themselves has said the release is focused on the fundamentals and overall performance improvements – there are still a lot of nice features coming with it.

After you upgrade, you will have things like improved launch speed and wake up times, improved management of notifications, Siri Shortcuts, and a more intuitive Do Not Disturb feature.  But before you upgrade, there are a few simple things you need to do to make sure that if something does go wrong in the upgrade process, you can get your iPhone or iPad back up and going quickly.  Here are a few tips to make sure you are ready for upgrading to iOS 12 later today.

Backup your iPhone or iPad

The single most important thing you can do is make sure you have a backup of your iPhone or iPad.  This will allow you to restore your phone essentially to where it is right now should there be a problem with your upgrade.  Making a backup is easy and can be done either with iCloud or with iTunes on your Mac or PC.

For iCloud, just to Settings, then tap on your Apple ID.  Now go down to your iPhone on the list of your devices, tap it, then tap iCloud Backup.  If you have this enabled already, you will see the last successful backup of your device at the bottom of the page, just under the Back Up Now button.  To force a backup, tap that button.  Depending on when you last did a backup, this could take several minutes.

iCloud Backup on an iPhone

iCloud Backup on an iPhone

From iTunes on your Mac, it is just as easy.  Just connect up your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via a Lightning cable and iTunes will automatically open.  Then click on the iPhone (or iPad) icon in the upper-left corner and that will take you to your settings.  There, in the middle of the screen, you will see the backup option.  Here, you can either select to save a backup to your iCloud account or you can have it saved locally.  Once you decide on what you want to do, tap the Back Up Now button and it will perform the backup for you.

iTunes Backup of an iPhone

iTunes Backup of an iPhone

Power Cycle your iPhone or iPad

Before you start the iOS 12 upgrade, I recommend power cycling your iPhone or iPad.  This will clear any cached items in RAM and, frankly, iOS like any other Operating System, can use a reboot now and then.

My suggestion is as follows:

  1.  Power down your iPhone or iPad by pressing & holding the Power button then swiping the on screen power off option when it appears.
  2. Leave your iPhone or iPad powered off for at least 30 seconds.  Give it time to properly clear out cached RAM.
  3. Power back up and proceed as normal.

This is a simple thing I realize and one that many of you likely have already thought about, but if you are now to iOS, this is just a way of making sure you have as much free RAM and as little cached data as possible before you start the upgrade process.

Have your iPhone or iPad Connected to Power

This is another simple thing but one I highly recommend.  Make sure you have your iPhone or iPad plugged into AC power before you start the upgrade process.  While you can certainly do an upgrade while you are on battery power, it is a power hungry process and if you run out of battery while it is in the middle of the upgrade, you could brick your device.

Hopefully nobody runs into any issues with their upgrades today and things go smoothly.  Apple has a solid track record for making these iOS upgrades painless so changes are very high things will go great.  But it never hurts to follow a few simple steps to give yourself that much more of a chance of success.

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