iOS 14: Prepare your iPhone before updatingZDNet

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Over the next few days or weeks, we should see the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 14. And this despite the uncertainties linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, which raise fears of a postponement of the release. of the new iPhone.

If some people rush to their iPhone right out of the software, it may be safer to prepare before upgrading their operating system.

Indeed, data loss can be a bad start to start with a new version. It is therefore better to take some usual precautions.

Check the compatibility of your iPhone

There is a good chance that your iPhone will accept iOS 14, since compatibility dates back to 2015. If in doubt, here is the list of compatible devices:

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro / 11 Pro Max;
  • iPhone XS / XS Max;
  • iPhone XR;
  • iPhone X;
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus;
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus;
  • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus;
  • iPhone SE (1e generation);
  • iPhone SE (2e generation);
  • iPod touch (7e generation).

Test the software

If you are really curious to see what iOS 14 looks like and discover its ecosystem, you can install the public beta which has already been released. But remember: this is a beta version, not everything is stable and the unexpected could happen.

Back up all your data

The most prudent is still to do two types of backup: a cloud backup, if things ever go wrong, and a local backup, on PC or Mac, in case things go really bad.

My advice: don't waste time and make a backup now, it's always useful!

Do a spring cleaning

It is a good idea to free up space before installing an update. For that, nothing better than to get rid of the applications that you do not / no longer use.

Likewise, if you have overdue app updates, now is the time to do them! Using the old version of an application on a new operating system is likely to encounter bugs.

Recover your passwords

Once you have upgraded, you will need to enter your iCloud password to be able to access data and photos again. If you don't have it anymore – as a reminder, having it on the device you're updating won't help – it might be time to find it, or reset it.

Also, if your local backup is encrypted, remember that you will need the password for the backup in question to recover it!

Just update or format before?

The easiest, and fastest, is the simple upgrade to the new version of iOS. Indeed, everything will be kept: applications, settings, organization of screens, etc. So, unless you have time to spare, this is the recommended way.

Even so, in my experience, devices that were wiped before running a new version of iOS – and so I had to reinstall my apps and the like following the upgrade – seem to be faster and less. suffer from certain problems – such as those affecting the bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection for example.

Still, wiping your entire device and then having to install it all is a heavy workload, and the game is probably not worth the effort for most users.

Wait and see

Many users rush to the new version of iOS as soon as it becomes available, and soon regret it if they can no longer work properly on their device. You should know that new versions of iOS are generally followed very quickly by an update x.0.1, which includes fixes.

So, if you can't afford to go without your iPhone for several days, you better wait a few weeks and directly install the update with the bug fixes.


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