The iOS 13.7 update is a small milestone upgrade, but it could take quite a bit of time to install on your iPhone.
Apple’s latest iOS 13 update brings a short list of changes to the iPhone. The update includes new COVID 19-related features and under-the-hood improvements.
If you’re moving your iPhone from iOS 13.6.1 to iOS 13.7, you get the shortest list of changes and the smallest download size. The iOS 13.7 download is 100+ MB for iPhone users currently running iOS 13.6.1.
If you’re upgrading from an older version of iOS, your iOS 13.7 update will be larger because the features from the updates you skipped are baked in.
While some of you might want to hold off on downloading iOS 13.7 right now, most people should install the update right now or in the near future.
If you decide to install iOS 13.7 on your iPhone, you’ll want to set aside some time to get the upgrade properly installed on your device.
Moving your device from one version of iOS to another can cause problems so you’ll want to monitor the download and installation.
We can’t tell you exactly how long your iOS 13.7 installation will take because it will vary based on your current version of iOS and the iPhone model you own.
That said, we can help you approximate how much time you should set aside should you choose to install the new operating system.
If you’ve prepared yourself and your device for the move and you’re on a fast Wi-Fi connection, it could take less than 15 minutes to complete.
|Sync (Optional)||5 - 45 Minutes|
|Backup and Transfer (Optional)||1 - 30 Minutes|
|iOS 13.7 Download||3 - 20 Minutes|
|iOS 13.7 Installation||7 - 15 Minutes|
|Total iOS 13.7 Update Time||10 Minutes - 1 Hour+|
Before you start the iOS 13.7 download make sure you’re prepared.
If you don’t know how to properly prepare, have a look at our pre-installation guide. It’ll walk you through the most important steps to take before you hit download.
You should be able to get through these steps in 30 minutes or less, but it all depends on your skill level and the current state of your phone.
If you haven’t backed up your data in awhile or you if you aren’t familiar with iOS 13.7, the pre-installation process could take you a longer.
You don’t need to follow every single step in the guide, but at the very least you’ll want to make sure your data is backed up. Data loss issues are pretty rare, but if you store sensitive data (photos, videos, etc) on your device, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
iOS 13.7 Download
Once you’ve handled that, it’s time to start the download.
Again, the exact size of your iOS 13.7 download will depend on your device and the version of iOS it’s currently running.
If you’re on a newer version of iOS like iOS 13.6.1, your download should be around 170 MB. However, if you’re running an older version, your iOS 13.7 download could be even bigger. In some cases, much bigger.
If you’re on a fast Wi-Fi network, the download could finish up in three minutes or so. If your connection is slower, you’re looking at 10 minutes or more.
iOS 13.7 Installation
Once your device is done pulling iOS 13.7 from Apple’s servers, the installation process will begin. This could take longer than the download.
If you’re moving up from iOS 13.6.1, your installation should take around seven or eight minutes to complete. It took around seven minutes to install on an iPhone X that was previously running iOS 13.6.1.
If you’re moving from an older version it could take closer to 10 minutes. iPhone users moving from iOS 12 to iOS 13 will see the longest installation time.
Your device might reboot itself a couple of times during the installation process but this is perfectly normal. Your device should boot up normally once the process completes.
After the installation finishes up, you might need to spend time logging into your iCloud account, signing into your device’s various apps and services, and/or setting up Apple Pay.
You also might want to spend some time checking your important data (photos, music, etc) to make sure it carried over properly from iOS 12, 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, or iOS 13.6.1.
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After you do that, you should test your core applications and services to ensure they’re working normally. iOS updates sometimes cause apps to go haywire.
If you notice an issue with one of your applications, try downloading the latest version. Developers are still rolling out iOS 13 support updates and they could help stabilize the app’s performance.
You’ll also want to poke around for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 13 problems.
Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8.1 right away.
The iOS 14.8.1 update brings 12 new security patches to the iPhone. You can read about all of them over on Apple's site.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.8, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.8.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.8.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.8.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.8.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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