IOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Upgrade Checklist: How to Prepare Your...

iOS 14 offers many extras for iPhone users.

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Apples iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Updates for the iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) and iPad ($ 275 at Back Market) are full of important and useful new features, from a new app library and Widgets on your home screen to stricter data protection functions and iMessage improvements. But before you Install iOS 14 and iPad 14There are a few basic tasks that you should complete to keep the update for your iPhone and iPad going as smoothly as possible. We put together everything you need to know, including a checklist on how to get your phone or tablet ready.

Look at that:

Hands-on preview of iOS 14


Which devices support iOS 14 and iPadOS?

If you have a compatible device you should be able to see if an update is available by going to the settings > General > Software-Update. But don’t tap Install now quite still.

Devices that support iOS 14, iPadOS 14

Telephone 11 iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th generation)

iPhone 11 Pro

iPad Pro 11 inch (2nd generation)

iPhone 11 Pro max

iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd generation)

iPhone XS

iPad Pro 11 inch (1st generation)

iPhone XS max

iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2nd generation)

iPhone XR

iPad Pro 12.9 inch (1st generation)

iPhone X.

iPad Pro 10.5 inches

iPhone 8

iPad Pro 9.7 inches

iPhone 8 Plus

iPad (7. Generation)

iPhone 7

iPad (6. Generation)

iPhone 7 Plus

iPad (5. Generation)

iPhone 6s

iPad Mini (5. Generation)

iPhone 6s Plus

iPad Mini 4

iPhone SE (1. Generation)

iPad Air (3. Generation)

iPhone SE (2. Generation)

iPad Air 2

iPod Touch (7. Generation)

Don’t skip this step: clean up the clutter

When it’s time to update or software Update your phoneTake a few minutes to delete the photos and apps you don’t want or need from your camera roll and installed apps.

Our phones are kind of like a digital junk drawer that collects random screenshots, photos, videos, and disposable apps. If you take a few minutes to free up the space, you can free up space, reduce the waiting time for the backup, and even save money by paying for additional iCloud storage to back it up.

Delete the apps that you know you will never use again.

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Make a new backup, it’s important

If you can help, never update your iPhone or iPad without a recent backup. Updates are not a perfect process, and sometimes things go wrong. The last thing you want is for an update to fail. Then you need to set up your phone as brand new. Nobody wants that.

It is best to perform this step right before you start the update process so that the information stored in your backup is as current as possible.

You can back up your devices using iCloud, Finder on Mac, or iTunes on PC. iCloud is by far the easiest method, simply because it’s built into your device and only requires a Wi-Fi connection. However, if you run out of iCloud storage or want more control over your device backup, you can use your computer.



iCloud backup is the easiest method.

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Option 1: use iCloud backup

If you’ve turned on iCloud backup, your device should be backed up every night while it’s charging and connecting to Wi-Fi. However, you can always force a backup by going to the settings > tap your name> iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back up now.

Speed ​​up the process by plugging your phone or tablet into a charger and connecting it to a Wi-Fi network to prevent cellular data use and drain the battery in the process.



The Finder looks just like iTunes when your iOS device is connected.

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Option 2: backup on a Mac

If it’s been a while since you’ve backed up your device to a Mac, the process has changed. After iTunes passed away last year, you now have to use Finder to create a backup.

I have a Instructions detailing the entire processwhich is really not that different from the old iTunes-based method.

The point is to connect your device to your Mac, open it up in Finder, and then click a couple of boxes to start a backup.



Make sure you encrypt the backup to make the recovery process that much easier.

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Option 3: backup on a PC

Use windows? You can still use iTunes as always to back up your Apple mobile devices.

Before you begin, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. The easiest way to do this is to open it up. If you see a prompt to update, follow the steps.

Then connect your device to iTunes with a Lightning or USB-C cable. The rest of the process is to select your device in the iTunes interface and start a backup. We have described all the steps in this post, but let me make one more recommendation: click the box that says you want Encrypt your local backup. This way, all of your email accounts and app passwords are backed up so you don’t have to type them in again if you need to restore your phone.

After you have backed up your phone and eliminated any random issues, install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. Once it is installed, Check out some of our favorite featuresincluding the new homescreen with widgets – – that you can customize.

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