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10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 15.1

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Most people should install Apple’s iOS 15.1 update, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 14 to iOS 15, your current version of iOS 15 to iOS 15.1, or, if you own an iPhone 12/iPhone 13, from your current version of iOS to iOS 15.1.1.

Apple’s iOS 15.1 update is finally out of beta and available to download. The software brings new changes to the iPhone including new features, bug fixes, and security patches.

If you own an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you’ll be prompted to upgrade to iOS 15.1.1. iOS 15.1.1 is exclusive to the iPhone 12 series and iPhone 13 series. iOS 15.1.1 is a small bug fix update.

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 15.0.2, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, your iOS 15.1 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.

Same goes for iOS 15.1.1. If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 is running iOS 15.1, you’ll get the shortest iOS 15.1.1 change log and the smallest download.

iOS 15.1.1 and iOS 15.1 are important upgrades and most iPhone users should install them in the near future. That being said, it’s difficult to predict how Apple’s 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. 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 15.1, note that you can no longer downgrade your iPhone’s software back to iOS 15.0.2. You can’t move your phone’s software back to anything older than iOS 15.0.2 either.

If you own an iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 and you run into bugs on iOS 15.1.1, you can try downgrading back to iOS 15.1. Apple is currently signing on the software.

So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 15.0.2 or older, moving your phone to iOS 15.1.1 or iOS 15.1 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 or your current version of iOS 15 to iOS 15.1.1 or iOS 15.1 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 Monterey, 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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