iOS 9 is almost here. Millions of iOS users will be upgrading as soon as it hits, and you should, too. But erring on the side of caution given my own personal experiences with past iOS version upgrades, it doesn’t hurt to prepare your iPhone or iPad first before tapping the update button. Better safe than sorry, right?
Here are some tips that comes to mind:
For iPhones, iOS 9 supports the top-of-the-line iPhone 6s Plus all the way back to iPhone 4s. For iPads, devices as old as iPad 2 and any mini variant (iPad mini 1, 2 and 3) are supported. The 5th and 6th generations of the iPod touch are covered as well.
If you are using any of these iOS devices then you’re good to go.
2. Uninstall all the apps you don’t need
I believe it goes without saying that doing a spring cleaning of your unused apps greatly enhances the every day performance of your device, and there’s no better time to do this than right before upgrading to a new iOS version. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Show All Apps to see a list of which apps you barely use and how much space each one takes up. You know what needs to be done.
3. Remove useless media files
Photos, videos and other media files take up so much memory space you’ll be surprised, especially if you no longer have any need for them. Go to your Music and Video apps and let go of all these.
Lastly, and likewise this goes without saying, you should back up your device. You can do this two ways. First, you can back up your important files through iCloud or, if you’re feeling unlucky, create a mirror image of your iOS device on your Mac or PC using iTunes.
The is the final and most important step in case something goes wrong in what should be a quick and seamless process of making the jump to iOS 9.
I’m upgrading my iPhone 5c to iOS 9—that is, as soon as I’ve done all the steps I listed above. Can’t wait to start enjoying the new San Fransisco font and Siri app suggestions, which should help me spend less time looking at my phone and more time focusing on important stuff that matters. It’s what our smartphones are meant to do anyway.