Installing Apple’s new iOS 14.4 update might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or your current version of iOS 14 to iOS 14.4.
Apple’s pushed its fourth iOS 14 milestone upgrade to iPhone users and iOS 14.4 is available to download right now if you own a device that’s compatible with the company’s current operating system.
Like iOS 14.3, iOS 14.4 brings a a fairly lengthy list of changes to the iPhone. It has a trio of new features on board and it also fixes several lingering iOS 14 problems.
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 14.3, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.4 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.
iOS 14.4 is an important upgrade and most of you should install it in the near future. That being said, it’s difficult to predict how new software will impact your iPhone’s performance.
While some of you could see a boost to your iPhone’s performance, others will run into frustrating bugs and performance issues. This is why it’s important to do some prep work before you start the installation. A little work ahead of time could help you avoid serious problems.
If you notice bugs or performance issues on iOS 14.4, note that you can no longer downgrade your iPhone’s software in an attempt to improve your device’s performance. Apple’s also stopped signing on older iOS 14 software.
So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13, moving your phone to iOS 14.4 is a big deal. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
With that in mind, we want to help you prepare for the transition from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or your current version of iOS 14 to iOS 14.4. We always recommend spending 30 minutes, or more, preparing yourself and your device for the move.
If you don’t have that kind of time, at least make sure your files are backed up properly.
Backup Your iPhone's Data
Backing up the date you store on your iPhone might be the most important thing you can do before installing new software on your iPhone.
A lot of you already know how to properly backup your data (photos, videos, etc), but if you're unsure, we've got you covered.
Some of you will want to backup using Apple's iCloud service. It's an easy way to ensure your important files are safe. If you're unfamiliar with the iCloud backup process, you'll want to check out Apple's guide.
If you store a lot of data on your iPhone, the backup process could take awhile to complete so remain patient.
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