The iOS 15 release date is close which means iPhone users should start preparing for the software’s arrival.
Apple confirmed the iOS 15 update during its WWDC 2021 keynote. The new operating system brings a number of interesting changes to the iPhone including upgrades to Messages, FaceTime, Maps, and more.
It’s an extensive upgrade and one that you can try out on your iPhone right now provided you have a compatible device and the right credentials. That being said, the iOS 15 beta will end soon.
iOS 15 Release Date
Apple’s confirmed the iOS 15 release date for Monday, September 20th. It will arrive alongside iPadOS 15 for iPad.
With the iOS 15 release date on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about its arrival. In this guide we’ll outline some tips and tricks that will come in handy as we close in on the next major iOS update for iPhone.
- Prepare for the iOS 15 Release Date
- Get Familiar with iOS 15
- Avoid the iOS 15 Beta
- Monitor Feedback
- iOS 15 Release Time
- iOS 15 Download Size
- Prepare for iOS 15 Problems
- Be Ready to Downgrade
- Keep Your Apps Updated
- Take Your Time
- Avoid iOS 15 If You Jailbreak
Prepare for the iOS 15 Release Date
If you plan to install iOS 15 on your iPhone right away, you should use this time to prepare yourself, and your device, for its arrival.
The iOS 15 download will likely be large. If you don’t have enough storage available on your iPhone, iOS will temporarily remove downloadable parts of applications installed on your phone. Sometimes this isn’t enough and you will then be forced to manually delete files.
If you’re getting low on storage, do some cleanup. Go into your iPhone’s storage and delete files (things like photos, apps, etc) you no longer need. This will help make room for iOS 15. There’s a chance it improves your iPhone’s overall performance as well.
Data loss issues are fairly rare, but you’ll want to err on the side of caution and backup all of your data before you move your iPhone to iOS 15.
If you want to install iOS 15 when it drops, your iPhone will need a solid charge. Make sure your phone has at least a 50% charge or you’re positioned near a charger.
Finally, make sure you have your Apple ID and other logins handy. There’s always a chance the installation logs you out of apps and services so you’ll want to have those on hand so you can get right back to using them.
Get Familiar with iOS 15 & Older iOS Updates
You should get familiar with iOS 15 before downloading the operating system.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through all of the known changes coming to the iPhone with iOS 15. It’s a good place to start.
If you’re lingering on an old version of iOS, you’ll want to get familiar with the most recent versions of iOS 14 because the changes from any updates you’ve skipped will be baked into your version of iOS 15.
Most People Should Avoid the iOS 15 Beta
Installing the iOS 15 beta on your iPhone might be tempting, but most people should avoid the beta and wait for the official release. Especially now that we’re this close to the final release.
The iOS 15 beta will help Apple tackle bugs and performance issues before they become major headaches for millions of iPhone users.
It’s fun to try out new features before they’re released to the general public. That said, iOS beta software can bring lots of trouble your way.
The iOS 15 beta is causing problems for some testers and you could run into some of the very same issues if you decide to install it on your phone.
If you rely on your device to get through a day of school or work, you’ll want to stay put on whatever version of iOS you’re currently running.
Monitor Feedback from the iOS 15 Beta
Make sure you monitor feedback from beta testers as we push toward the official iOS 15 release.
Monitoring feedback will alert you to potential iOS 15 problems and it will also reveal the potential benefits of Apple’s new operating system. More importantly, it might help you decide if you want to install iOS 15 right away or wait.
We’ve seen iOS 15 feedback emerge on sites like YouTube, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums so check those sites if you’re curious about the software’s performance.
iOS 15 Release Time
If you’ve owned an iPhone for awhile you already know this, but for those of you who are new to the iPhone and iOS, here’s your PSA.
Apple almost always rolls its iOS software updates out in and around 10AM Pacific. That will likely be the case for the final version of iOS 15.
We sometimes see iOS updates roll out 5-10 minutes after 10AM so there’s no need to panic if the software doesn’t popup in your Settings right away.
Here’s what that looks like for other time zones in the United States:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
Keep this in mind if you plan to install the final version of iOS 15 on release day.
iOS 15 Download Size
We don’t know how big the iOS 15 download will be but again, it will likely require quite a bit of free space.
You can expect long download times, especially right after Apple pushes the software live. The installation process could take quite a bit of time as well.
Once you pull the iOS 15 update from Apple’s servers, you might notice a prompt asking you to “Install” the software right now or “Later.” While most of you will probably want to install the software right away, others might benefit from scheduling the installation.
If you do decide to schedule it, you can choose to install it while you’re sleeping or you can have your device remind you to install it at a later date when you’ve got free time to deal with the installation.
If you do decide to install the iOS 15 update overnight, you’ll have to plug your iPhone into a power source.
Prepare for iOS 15 Problems
iOS 15 has gone through an extensive beta process, but the final version won’t be perfect. Issues will slip through the cracks into the final release.
Common iOS problems include abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, app instability, UI lag, crashes, and Exchange issues.
These problems appear after every single iOS release and there’s a good chance we’ll see them all popup immediately after iOS 15’s release.
It’ll be difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get once you move your iPhone to iOS 15 so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to tackle any issues you encounter on day one and beyond.
We’ve released a list of fixes for common iOS problems. If you don’t consider yourself an iOS expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes. We’ve also released guides to fixing bad iOS battery life and iOS performance.
You should also be familiar with Apple’s Discussion forums.
Learn How to Downgrade
If the iOS 15 starts causing problems on your iPhone, and you can’t seem to fix the issue(s), you might have to downgrade back to iOS 14.
If you already know how to downgrade, you’re good to go. If you aren’t familiar with the downgrade process, you’ll want to get familiar with it right now. That way, you aren’t scrambling if iOS 15 starts acting up on your iPhone.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough.
Keep Your Apps Updated
If you want the best experience on iOS 15, make sure you keep your apps updated.
As we push toward the software’s release, keep an eye out for iOS 15 support updates. These updates should help to stabilize performance and help your device make a smooth transition to new software.
Before you download an app update, make sure you read reviews from users. These reviews will alert you to potential benefits and problems with the latest version.
Take Your Time with iOS 15
iOS 15 is an exciting upgrade and some of you might be tempted to install the operating system right when it drops.
For some of you, particularly those dealing with iOS 14 problems, this might be your best course of action. That said, some of you will be better off waiting a few hours, a few days or, in some cases, a few weeks before installing iOS 15.
There are plenty of reasons to skip a new iOS software update on day one. For one, iOS updates can wreak havoc on your device’s performance.
If you’re feeling leery, dig into early feedback from early adopters. If you’re still undecided, think about waiting.
Avoid the iOS 15 If You’re Jailbroken
If you’re hoping for an immediate iOS 15 jailbreak, don’t hold your breath.
Jailbreak developers could surprise us, but don’t expect them to burn their exploits immediately.
If you still jailbreak your devices, you’ll need to stay put on an older version of iOS 14 and keep an eye out for new iOS 15 jailbreak details as we push through the summer.
Install to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 15
Trying new features before they are officially released is exciting, but that's just part of it. Using the iOS 15 beta will also help Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iPhone users around the world.
Your feedback about the iOS 15 beta's performance could help the company discover a nasty bug or a glitch ahead of the final release later this year.
If you're sick of dealing with issues or sick of hearing friends and family complain about problems, think about giving the iOS 15 beta a try.
If you decide to download the iOS 15 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can get to work on a permanent fix.
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