10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 10.3.1

Its been three weeks since the iOS 10.3.1 update‘s release. If you’re just now looking to upgrade, allow us to walk you through some steps to take before you install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

In the months since iOS 10’s release in September, Apple’s pushed out several new versions of the mobile operating system.

The current version is iOS 10.3.1, a small maintenance update that delivers bug fixes and security patches to anyone that owns a device capable of running iOS 10.

iOS 10.3.1 is much smaller than the previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.3, which Apple released in late March.

iOS 10.3.1 is a tiny update. Literally. The collection of bug fixes and security patches checks in at just 30MB for the iPhone 7. It’s also just a few megabytes for devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6.

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than iOS 10.3, say iOS 10.2.1, your download will be much larger thanks to the features and fixes from iOS 10.3 and any other updates you skipped along the way.

While you might be tempted to download the iOS 10.3.1 update right this second, you’ll benefit from doing some prep work ahead of your installation.

iOS 10.3.1 brings important changes but it could also bring problems to your iPhone or iPad so you’ll want to be as prepared as humanly possible.

To help, we’ve put together a game plan for you. This guide will walk you through the steps we typically take before we install an iOS update on our devices.

Get Familiar with iOS 10.3.1 & iOS 10.3

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Get Familiar with iOS 10.3.1 & iOS 10.3

One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the iOS 10.3.1 update and its changes. This is particularly important if you failed to upgrade to iOS 10.1, iOS 10.1.1, iOS 10.2, iOS 10.2.1, or iOS 10.3. If you skipped one of these updates, they'll be baked into your iOS 10.3.1 update. 

iOS 10.3.1 doesn't come with much. Apple lists a single security patch and it reportedly brings fixes for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, two aging devices in the company's iPhone lineup. 

If you failed to download the iOS 10.3 update, you'll want to get familiar with its changes before you download iOS 10.3.1. This way, you won't be caught off guard by the changes. 

There are a few ways to get this done. You can take a look at our walkthrough. It'll go over the key differences between iOS 10.3 and the previous versions of iOS. It's a great place to start, especially if you're coming from iOS 10.2 or below.  

You'll also want to take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. 

You'll want to be comfortable with iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1 and their changes before you make the move. If you haven't dug into the update yet, now is a great time to do so. 

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