How to prepare your iPhone for the iOS 16 update

How to prepare iPhone or iPad for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta

Apple has released the final version of iOS 16, and now is the perfect time to prepare our iPhones for it. Killing all the rumors and spoiler alerts, iOS 16 has packed in many new features and enhancements. Therefore, it would indeed be great to put our hands on the update.

But before jumping on the bandwagon, it’s wise to get battle-ready and fully equip your iOS devices. Things like the terrible battery drain, app crashing, and freezing have been part and parcel of new updates. So, move ahead with the needed planning. Read on to understand how to prepare your iPhone for the iOS 16.

Note: Apple has delayed the public release of iPadOS 16 to October.

Check for compatibility

Your device needs a powerful CPU and enough RAM to scrutinize iOS 16 to its full capabilities. Sadly, a lot of old variants do not offer that. Here’re the iPhone models that support the new update:

  • iPhone 14 series
  • iPhone 13 series
  • iPhone 12 series
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone XS and XS Max,
  • iPhone XR and X
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Clear the clutter and backup your iPhone or iPad 

While working on beta versions, the primary concern is losing vital data due to the unstable update. Hence, one must ensure to make a data backup and store it in an encrypted format so that if any unfortunate events gatecrash your party, you will have the safety measure to fall back on.

Before you back up your data, you should get rid of clutter like unnecessary photos and apps so that your device has enough space to accommodate the operating system. 

Once done, you can use iCloud or use iTunes alternatives to back up your iPhone or iPad data.

Note: Ensure your data is encrypted, or else you will be on the receiving end of leaking your private information.

Carrier updates

While iOS updates improve the performance of your device, carrier updates positively influence the network and cellular performance on your iPhone or iPad. Your carrier will send you fresh updates once you update your device to the latest iOS. You can check these updates here: SettingsGeneralAboutCarrier.

What to do if your iOS update fails?

Even after following every precaution that we have mentioned on the list, chances are you may not be able to install the latest update. It may be stuck on the update requested. Check out our guide on the same to resolve it.

I hope this brief guide helped prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Have more questions? Share them in the comments below.

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