5 tips and tricks that will help you prepare your iPhone or iPad for the iOS 10 update

In case you're an Apple user and have somehow missed the memo, boy, do we have news for you!

iOS 10 is being released today to all eligible iOS devices out there, which are quite the bunch. Long story short, if you have an iPhone 5 or newer, iPad mini 2 or newer, or an iPod touch 6th gen, then you're eligible to receive the update. Hooray!

We already you showed you the ropes on the two ways to get iOS 10 on your device, which you can check out right here, but we have some more pieces of advice coming your way! With iOS 10 being a milestone update, you'd normally want to ensure you a pain-free, zero-issues upgrading process, and we have a few pieces of wisdom that might just make your transition from iOS 9 to iOS 10 a no-frills one.

1. Make sure your device is charged

No one would initiate a major OS update with their iPhone or iPad having merely 15% of battery left, right? Well, we like to imagine that most people know better, but let this be a reminder to charge your phone up before you start updating to iOS 10. Better yet, you might wanna leave it plugged in the charger during the process - this way you will have enough juice to tinker with the new version of the OS.

2. Make an iTunes backup

Although it's quite unlikely, there's always the chance of things going haywire during the update process. We don't know, some of you might have angered the smartphone gods, but having a handy backup around will definitely keep you safe from accidental experience-breaking issues. Due to the fact that you won't be able to restore your device from an iCloud backup if something goes wrong, it's imperative that you make a full iTunes backup. This way, you will be able to get back to square one if something wrong happens, perish the thought. 

3. Free up some space

Users with 16GB iPhones, or even those rocking the 8GB iPhone 5c, we feel you. It's hard getting by with such a minuscule amount of storage. We know that you are probably using 95% of your available native storage already, but you won't be able to download and install iOS 10 if you don't have 1-2GB of free space. While the size of iOS 10 will vary with the device model, we suggest you free up at least 2GB of storage to make sure that you will be able to download and install the update.

4. Is your device eligible for the update?

The title pretty much sums it up - if you're rocking an iPhone 4s or an older one, then no, you shouldn't keep your hopes up. You won't get to play with iOS 10 unless you get a newer device. Here are all eligible devices: 

5. Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Yes, it probably won't be advisable to download the large update if you're not hooked to a Wi-Fi network. We know you're likely sporting an unlimited data plan, but still, better save yourself some bandwidth. 

In case you've been curious why iOS 10 is such a big deal, we have a couple of articles that will show the good and the bad about Apple's newest OS. Just check the links and the gallery right beneath if you simply want to check out the new features.



1. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

And android fans think that their software was "advanced"... lol

2. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

and apple fans think that their software was "innovative and original"... lol

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The main take away here is, if you want to prep for iOS 12, just buy an Android phone. iOS14? Buy a Pixel phone.

11. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

What exactly is so "innovative" about android. You all need 8 core processors just to open the damn photo app. And while we're on the topic of a photo app let me mention the fact that your phones need about 3 seconds to load your pictures if you swipe all the way up...that's embarrassing. Plus the android messaging app is absolutely garbage.

12. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

"You all need 8 core just to open a photo app" You went full retard, girl.

15. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I mean it is true. Obviously they don't all run at the same time but it says a lot when 2 cores do better in single and multi core performance than 8 core behemoths. I'm not against android, iOS is just superior for day to day usage.

3. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

The android will stay advanced forever ........

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So advanced that the lag has yet to be eliminated?

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why do you use/buy cheap android phones? Get yourself a flagship device for lag free experience. My 2 year old oneplus one still runs butter smooth...no lag at all whatsoever. My iPhone 6SP sometimes lags on camera app launch!

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're deflecting.

14. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Not as advance as the buggy iOS. *This article is the proof that the sheep are dumb enough to actually need tips to update their phone. Not my fault that they are stupid though.

16. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Or that android is so bare I'm features that they couldn't write a similar article for it. We all know how to use iOS 10. This article was just clickbait.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

6. Switch to a device with TouchID support for preventing home button broken.

7. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

And we iOS users get OS updates for a good 3-4 years. Something most android users can't get even after 1 year.

13. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Of course you're happy to get stone age features and then it will start to cripple your phone on the 3rd update.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

#3 on the list is down automatically: the update will erase your apps if you need more space, download the update files, install, delete the update files, and install your apps back - all while you sleep!!! #2 you should have everything automatically backed up when you enter your house when the device automatically connects to wifi... There's no excuse, it's a few seconds to set it up!

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