With an iOS 10.3.2 release date getting closer we want to share some tips we think will help you in the buildup to the release and on release day.
With iOS 10.3.1 now out for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, we can assume the iOS 10.3.2 update that’s currently in beta testing will be next in line.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3.2 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but with each passing day, the release gets closer.
The company is currently on iOS 10.3.2 beta 3 but we could see a few more iOS 10.3.2 beta releases emerge as we push away from the iOS 10.3.1 release date.
We’ve been taking a close look at iOS 10.3.2 and today we want to share some tips that could help you on the road to its release.
iOS 10.3.2 Release Time
The iOS 10.3.2 update is shaping up to be a small release with under-the-hood improvements and security patches. That could change as the beta progresses but we’re expecting it to be a maintenance release.
It’s not as exciting as iOS 10.3 but iOS 10.3.2 could be an important update for your device, particularly if you’re struggling with iOS problems.
While you might be tempted to check your phone every 15 minutes for the iOS 10.3.2 update, that’s not how Apple iOS releases work.
It’s difficult to predict the exact iOS 10.3.2 release date but it’s very easy to predict the iOS 10.3.2 release time. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we close in on the iOS 10.3.2 release date.
- Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend so there’s no need to check for iOS 10.3.2 on Saturday or Sunday.
- iOS updates almost always arrive between 9AM and 10AM Pacific. General rule of thumb is to check around 10AM Pacific.
- This goes for the iOS 10.3.2 beta releases as well.
- Betas typically come every 1-2 weeks, usually on Monday.
While some of you will want to download the iOS 10.3.2 update the second it arrives, many others will want to wait.
Don’t Try the iOS 10.3.2 Beta Unless You Really, Really Want To
Given what’s on board (bugs and little else), the only people that should be trying the beta are those people who really, really want to help Apple squash problems, developers, and those who really, really want to test performance.
Most of you should avoid the early version of iOS 10.3.2, especially if you’re having an outstanding experience on your version of iOS. Be it iOS 10.3.1 or something older.
Again, Apple could add some more meat to the iOS 10.3.2 update in the future but as of right now it’s pretty bare bones. Now that we’re on beta 3, we don’t expect much.
For more on the merits of the iOS 10.3.2 beta, take a look at our guide.
Prepare Your iPhone, iPad or iPod
It’s never too early to start preparing for an iOS update’s release. Here are a few pre-installation tips to keep in your back pocket as we approach the iOS 10.3.2 update’s release:
- Use this time to cleanup your device. Get rid of files (apps, music, etc), anything you no longer use. Cleaning up your device could improve your device’s performance.
- Start backing up your data. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to research iCloud backups, iTunes backups, and the differences between the two.
- If you want to download iOS 10.3.2 right when it comes out, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific.
- Get your login information handy. Make sure you have the device’s passcode, Apple ID, and your important logins ready on release day. The update might log you out of various apps and services.
- Dig into feedback from iOS 10.3.2 beta testers. You might learn about a potential problem or benefit to your version of iOS 10.3.2.
A little prep work will help you avoid major problems during the iOS 10.3.2 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once you get the new update on board your phone or tablet.
Dig Into iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.3.1 If You Need To
If you failed to download iOS 10.3 and you plan on skipping the iOS 10.3.1 update, make sure you know what you’re getting into before you download the iOS 10.3.2 update on your phone.
If you skipped iOS 10.3 and don’t have plans to download iOS 10.3.1, you’ll get the changes from those updates baked into your iOS 10.3.2 update. (Note: You’ll also get the features and fixes from any other iOS update you missed.)
If you plan on downloading iOS 10.3.2, you’ll want to get familiar with these changes ahead of the iOS 10.3.2 release.
You’ll also want to get familiar with the new Clips application that arrived earlier this month. Again, you’ll need to download iOS 10.3.1/iOS 10.3.2 in order to use the Clips app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Report iOS 10.3.2 Problems
If you choose to install iOS 10.3.2 on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up. If you do run into an iOS 10.3.2 problem on your phone, there’s no need to panic.
Sometimes, it can take a couple of days for an update to settle in. If you notice weird battery life on release day, give it a day or two to even out. If problems persist after two days with iOS 10.3.2, or if the issues are serious, you’ll want to take action.
There are tons of resources out there but our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems is a great place to start.
If you don’t consider yourself an expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle problems as soon as they popup.
If you can’t fix your problem and/or you want to help the community, you’ll want to report iOS 10.3.2 problems as you see them. There are a few places to do that.
We also recommend reporting your problem on Apple’s Discussion forums to alert Apple and other users to your issue.
You Can Test iOS 10.3.2
Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the iOS 10.3.2 beta, you can still take the official version of iOS 10.3.2 for a test drive provided you’re on iOS 10.3.1 when it arrives.
For a short time, Apple will allow you to downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1. Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 10.3 so you won’t be able to drop back to either of those iOS 10 updates.
Most of you will probably choose to remain on iOS 10.3.2 but others might benefit from dropping down to the older version of iOS 10. It could help improve your device’s performance in key areas like battery life, connectivity, and speed.
If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is the time to get familiar with it.
How to Get Off iOS 10.3.2 Beta
If you chose to try the iOS 10.3.2 beta and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 10 beta , you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 10.3.2 beta once the final version is released. Here’s how to do that.
- Go to Settings > General > Profiles and then tap the iOS Beta Software Profile that appears on your device.
- Enter your passcode, if there is on associated with the device, and tap Delete Profile. You will no longer receive beta software.
- Go into your Settings or iTunes and download iOS 10.3.2.
If you’ve been running an iOS 10.3.2 beta and the watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to take a few more steps before, on, or after the iOS 10.3.2 release date.
Here’s how to get the watchOS beta off your device,
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the My Watch tab.
- Go to General > Profiles.
- Tap the beta profile you want to remove.
- Enter a passcode if needed and then tap Delete Profile.
If you want to use iOS beta software again you’ll need to install the correct beta profile.
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.