Installing Apple’s iOS 13.7 update right now might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 12 to iOS 13.7 or iOS 13.0/iOS 13.1/iOS 13.1.1/iOS 13.1.2/ iOS 13.1.3/iOS 13.2/iOS 13.2.2/iOS 13.2.3/iOS 13.3/iOS 13.3.1/iOS 13.4/iOS 13.4.1/iOS 13.5/iOS 13.5.1/iOS 13.6/iOS 13.6.1 to iOS 13.7.
The iOS 13.7 update brings a very short list of changes to the iPhone. It’s a milestone upgrade, but it’s much smaller than an average one.
If you’re moving up from iOS 13.6.1, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you are moving up from an older version of iOS, your iOS 13.7 update will be more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
iOS 13.7 is an important upgrade and most of you will want to install it in the near future. That said, it’s difficult to predict how your device will react to the move.
While some of you will see performance gains, others will run into frustrating bugs and performance issues. This is why it’s important to prepare. Some prep work ahead of the installation will help you avoid serious issues.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
If you start noticing issues with iOS 13.7, note that you can no longer downgrade your iPhone’s software to the previous version of iOS 13. Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.6.1 and older versions of iOS.
So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 13.6.1, iOS 13.6, iOS 13.5.1, iOS 13.5, iOS 13.4.1 iOS 13.4, iOS 13.3.1, iOS 13.3, iOS 13.2.3, iOS 13.2.2, iOS 13.2, iOS 13.1.3, iOS 13.1.2, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.0, or iOS 12, moving your phone to iOS 13.7 is a pretty big deal.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the best way to prepare for the move to iOS 13.7. We recommend spending 30 minutes, or more, preparing yourself and your device for the move.
Backup Your Data
Backing up your data might be the most important thing you can do before installing iOS 13.7 on your iPhone. Data loss issues are pretty rare, but if you store important files on your phone you'll want to play it safe.
A lot of you probably know how to properly backup your data (photos, videos, etc), but if you're lost, we've got you covered.
Some of you will want to backup using Apple's iCloud service. It's an efficient way to ensure your files are safe and sound. If you need additional help, you'll want to check out Apple's guide to using iCloud.
If you don't want to use iCloud, we have a guide that will take you through the backup process using iTunes. If you're running macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder, not iTunes.
If you store a ton of data on your iPhone, the backup process could take awhile to complete so you'll need to remain patient.
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