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10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 15

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Installing Apple’s iOS 15 update might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 14 to iOS 15.

Apple’s new iOS 15 operating system is finally out of beta and available to download. The software brings a massive list of changes to the iPhone including upgrades to Messages, Maps, and a whole lot more.

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 14.8, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, your iOS 15 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.

iOS 15 is an important upgrade and most iPhone users should install it in the near future. That being said, it’s difficult to predict how the new operating system 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. And this is precisely 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 on iOS 15, you can downgrade your iPhone’s software back to iOS 14. Apple is signing on iOS 14.8. However, you can’t move your phone’s software back to anything older than iOS 14.8.

So if you’re having a good experience on a version of iOS that’s older than iOS 14.8, moving your phone to iOS 15 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 14 to iOS 15. This guide will take you step-by-step through the process we use before we tap install.

Backup Your Data

Backup Your Data

This step is extremely important. If you don't have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, make sure you at least do this. 

A lot of you already know how to properly backup your iPhone's 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 don't want to use iCloud, you can backup your files using iTunes. If you're running macOS Big Sur or macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder, not iTunes. 

If you store a lot of data on your iPhone, the backup process could take awhile to complete so you'll need to remain patient. 

Data loss issues are fairly rare, but don't take your chances. 

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