iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is coming soon to your iPhone and iPad.
It's days away.
While most will blindly hit install, I like to take some steps to make sure that the process goes smoothly and I don't lose data.
After all, data loss can put a damper on the excitement of a new release.
Here's what I'll be doing to get ready for the upcoming release.
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Here are the iPhones that will get iOS 15:
Here are the iPads that will get iPadOS 15:
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The first thing that you need to decide is whether you want to stick with iOS 14/iPadOS 14 or upgrade. Apple has said that iPhone and iPad owners will get the choice, but right now we're unclear as to how that choice will be presented.
But at this point it's worth knowing that the choice exists and sticking on the current version won't mean not getting security patches.
I recommend updating your apps if you're the sort of person who has disabled automatic updates and forget to do it manually. Running older apps on the new release could cause glitches.
It's also a good idea to make space before installing a new update. Getting rid of any apps that you aren't using is a good way to do this.
You need at least a gigabyte, and ideally two or three gigabytes of free space.
I recommend having two backups of your data -- one in the cloud in case things go bad, and one on a PC or Mac in case things go really bad.
Details on how to do this can be found here.
Don't think you need to do this? OK, imagine that your phone was erased now. Have you lost anything important? If the answer is yes, you need to make backups.
Don't rely on passwords that only exist on your iPhone or iPad.
Following the upgrade, you'll need to enter your iCloud password to be able to reconnect to all your data and photos. If you don't have this close to hand -- remember, having it on the device you're upgrading isn't all that convenient -- then this might be a good time to do that.
Also, if your local backup is encrypted, then remember you'll need that password if something goes wrong!
If you'd like to try the public beta -- it's quite far along now and the rough edges have been smoothed off -- then I've put together instructions on how to do this safely here.