You’ve installed the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Now what? Today we want to run down some things to do, and some things not to do, after installing the iOS 10.3.1 update on your device.
The iOS 10.3.1 update recently replaced Apple’s milestone iOS 10.3 upgrade and it now serves as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 for the company’s mobile devices.
iOS 10.3.1 is a tiny maintenance update if you’re coming to it from iOS 10.3. It’ll feature bug fixes and an important security patch. If you failed to download iOS 10.3 your iOS 10.3.1 update will be much bigger thanks to the features and fixes from iOS 10.3.
Some people are still trying to decide if iOS 10.3.1 is worth it. Others, like you, have already installed the iOS 10.3.1 update.
We recently provided some tips to potential iOS 10.3.1 users and today we want to switch gears and offer some tips to those of you that decided to download iOS 10.3.1 on your device.
This guide walks you through some things you’ll want to do and some things you’ll want to avoid as you push away from the installation.
Test Your Connectivity
Maybe the first thing you’ll want to do after installing iOS 10.3.1 is to check all of connections to ensure they’re working properly.
A few of these tests should only take you a few seconds. Test your Wi-Fi connectivity to make sure everything is working properly after the upgrade. You’ll also want to switch over to LTE/4G to make sure your cellular data is functioning. If you rely on GPS for your commute you’ll want to test it for accuracy.
Beyond those, you’ll want to try pairing your device with your favorite Bluetooth devices. Maybe that’s a speaker, a headset or your car. If you own an Apple Watch, you’ll want to make sure your device is pairing properly.
If you use your iPhone or iPad to control appliances in your house (lights, heat, front door, garbage, etc), you’ll also want to make sure those connections are synced up.
Test Your Apps & Services
We also recommend checking all of your apps and services to ensure they’re working normally after the iOS 10.3.1 update. This is especially important if you rely on said apps and services for your job or for school.
There’s a chance a vital application or service will start acting up with iOS 10.3.1 on board. We’re already hearing and seeing complaints about iOS 10.3.1 problems and they include issues with Exchanges and various first and third-party apps.
Check all of your key apps and services first then move onto your secondary ones. If you notice something out of the ordinary, you’ll want to take action.
If you run into an issue with an application you’ll want to check the App Store to make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.
iOS developers have been rolling out a steady stream of bug fix updates and an update could help stabilize the software.
If your issue is related to work software, you’ll want to get into contact with your IT department if you have one. You might also check in with the developer (forum/customer service) to see if they have a remedy for you.
This might sound tedious but checking these items is important. The last thing you want to do is walk into a presentation or a busy workday with broken software.
Check All of Your Important Files
You’ll also want to check and make sure all of your important files successfully made it over. This is particularly important if you came to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older.
Everything should be fine but you should double-check to make sure your important photos, videos, and other data is in order. Over the years we’ve heard countless horror stories about files and data going missing so you’ll want to make sure everything is there.
If something is missing, you’ll want to restore from a backup. That is if you made a backup before you installed iOS 10.3.1.
Test New Features
If you failed to download iOS 10.3 you’ll get its features baked into your iOS 10.3.1 update. iOS 10.3 was a large update.
Some of iOS 10.3’s changes are small. Others might be game-changing for you. For instance, if you own a pair of AirPods you’ll want to get acquainted with the Find My AirPods function located inside the Find My iPhone app. It could save you time and maybe even a pair of AirPods.
If you use CarPlay, you’ll want to get familiar with the changes to the UI and some of the smaller tweaks to the software.
To help you get started you’ll want to take a look at our iOS 10.3.1 walkthrough. It’ll take you through the new features, the bug fixes and the important security patches on board.
iOS 10.3.1 users are reporting problems with the software and there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue with the update today, tomorrow, or a week from now. iOS issues can popup anytime.
If you do run into a problem there’s no need to panic or freakout. You should be able to fix your issue from the comforts of your home or office.
Before you throw your device against the wall, make an Apple Genius appointment or start railing on Apple on social media, try one of these fixes.
We recently put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems and it’s a great place to start if you’re noticing abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi, or problems with your Bluetooth connectivity. We’ve also put together a list of tips that should help you improve iOS 10.3.1 performance.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, check out our list of resources for iOS 10.3.1 problems.
Don’t Forget to Report Problems
If you encounter an issue with iOS 10.3.1, make sure you report it to the proper entity.
If you’re noticing issues with a first-party app or service, make sure you report the bug to Apple so that its engineers can look into it.
You can do that via Apple’s Support account on Twitter and you can also get in touch with customer service via its website. You’ll also want to report it on the Apple Discussion Forums and here on the company’s feedback page.
If you’re seeing issues with a third-party app or service, get in touch with the developer and, if necessary, leave a review on the App Store.
Don’t Forget About the Downgrade
And lastly, don’t forget that you can get off the iOS 10.3.1 update if your performance takes a hit.
Apple is currently signing off on two older iOS updates (iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.2.1) which means you can drop to one of those if the going gets though.
Just remember, this won’t be available forever. Apple could pull the plug on these updates today, tomorrow, or next week. Typically, the downgrade closes up a couple of weeks after an iOS release.
Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix your issues but it’s an option. For more on the process, take a look at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.