Today we want to walk you through some important steps to take before installing the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 brings bug fixes and security patches but it could also bring problems to your iPhone or iPad. And now that the iOS 10.3.2 downgrade has closed, this makes this pre-installation prep even more important than it once was.
A little prep prior to firing up the iOS 10.3.3 installation process will go a long way toward preventing bugs, performance issues, and headaches.
The iOS 10.3.3 update’s change log is short but the current version of iOS 10 is actually a pretty big update. The collection of bug fixes and security patches checks in at 137.3MB for the iPhone 7. This is actually quite large for a maintenance release. The iOS 10.3.3 update is also pretty big for popular devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6.
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.3 from something older than iOS 10.3.2, say iOS 10.2.1, your download will be even bigger thanks to the features and fixes from iOS 10.3 and any other iOS updates you skipped along the way.
If you’re planning to install iOS 10.3.3 on your device, take a look at this detailed game plan we’ve put together for you. This pre-installation guide will walk you through the steps we typically take before we install an iOS update on our iPhones and iPads.
Get Familiar with iOS 10.3.3 & Other iOS Updates
Maybe the first thing you'll want to do is get familiar with the iOS 10.3.3 update and its changes. This is particularly important if you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1 or any other iOS 10 upgrades. If you skipped an update, those features and fixes will be baked into your device's iOS 10.3.3 update.
iOS 10.3.3's change log doesn't feature a long list of changes but Apple says the update includes bug fixes and security patches for potential exploits. You'll want to read about all 24 of them on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3, or any of Apple's other iOS 10 updates, you'll want to get familiar with their changes before you download iOS 10.3.3. This way, you won't be caught off-guard.
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 10.3.3 and the previous versions of iOS. It's a great place to start.
If you're coming from an older version of iOS 10, you'll want to take a peek at our guide to iOS 10.2.1 and below.
If you need additional feedback, you'll want to take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.