Upgrading Your iPhone Software: Tips and Tricks

You’ve just updated your iPhone software to the latest version and now you’re wondering what you should do next? This guide will walk you through some of the most useful tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new operating system. From securing your data to using your GPS, there are plenty of useful things to know about upgrading your iPhone software.

1 – Before you start
Back-Up! This is especially important for those with 32-gigabyte iPhones that have less than 16GB free. These models don’t have enough room to accommodate a backup, so you’ll need to use iTunes to do it. To back up your device, plug your phone into your computer, open iTunes and select your device from under Devices in iTunes’ source list. In Windows, you can usually find Back Up under File > Devices > Back Up. Make sure all of your data (including contacts) is synced on iTunes before proceeding. Once backed up, disconnect your phone from iTunes without doing anything else. The backup can be restored later if necessary as long as you didn’t restore using iCloud while it was backing up — which would overwrite everything anyway!

2 – Check your phone’s storage
To see what you have left on your phone, tap Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage. The amount of storage you have available is listed at the top. If you find that your storage is low, delete apps, photos or music to free up some space. You can also use an external storage device with your phone by connecting it via USB. (Alternatively, if you’re running out of space on your Mac computer and not willing to upgrade it, connect your iPhone to it over Wi-Fi.)

3 – Back up your phone first
Before you begin upgrading your software, it’s a good idea to back up your phone just in case. You can use iCloud or your computer to back up before you begin. If something goes wrong during installation, at least you won’t lose everything. In many cases, backing up will be quicker than installing, so it’s a good idea to get that out of the way first thing.

4 – Update iOS 10
Updating Apple’s software to a new version is usually fairly easy and takes only a few minutes. However, you may want to back up your phone before updating, just in case. To update your phone, you first need to check if there are any updates available by going into Settings -> General -> Software Update. If there is an update available, tap Download & Install at the bottom of your screen. If there isn’t an update available yet, you can follow along with these steps anyway for when an update does become available in the future. Step 6 – Optional Steps: After pressing Download & Install, iOS will inform you that it will erase everything on your device and restore it from scratch because of what’s coming next; press Install Now.

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