Apple first released iOS 9, the mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lineups. The recent update perfects Apple’s vision of a mobile computing experience, adding new features such as running two apps at once on the iPad or markup features for signing documents in the mail app. The iOS 9 has a lot of features.
While iOS 9 public beta version has been available for months now, Apple will be making it publicly available on Wednesday September 16. Once it is made available, users of iPhone and iPad can download and install the OS.
If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 8, congrats because it will surely run iOS 9. You can check the version of iOS your device is currently running by tapping Settings app, then touch “General” followed by About and looking at the number on the Version line.
If you are not sure about the iOS your device is running on, this will help you know.
With an update incoming, this is the right time to perform a little routine maintenance on your iOS device.
You can start by taking an inventory of the apps installed on your device and uninstalling the unnecessary ones. This would free storage space and declutters your home screen.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to delete old photos and videos eating up space on your device, you can copy them on your PC with a cable. Rick Broida offers a few services you can use for backing up your phones.
Backups are important
Before you start updating your operating system, it is advisable to backup your device. You can do that with iTunes or iCloud.
Technically, your device should be backing up your files every night while its charging, but it’s not a bad idea to backup manually before you update to iOS 9.
This is how to back up; Launch the Settings app, tap on iCloud, then scroll down until you find the Backup option and tap on it. A Backup Now button will become active after a brief moment, which you’ll want to tap on. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and have your iOS device charging.
Using iTunes to backup your device is very easy, this is how to get it done; Launch iTunes and connect your iOS device via a USB cable. A device icon will appear next to the various category icons along the top of the iTunes window. Select your device, and then from the summary tab select This Computer. Additionally, check the box next to Encrypt backup and enter a password when prompted. By encrypting the backup you can forgo having to re-enter passwords should you need to restore your device.
Time to update
With a current backup, you can update with ease and if anything go wrong you can restore your device and not lose everything.
The process for updating to iOS 9 can be done via iTunes, or directly on your device. Either way, you should plan on giving it about an hour where for your device to run through the update process.
With any new software launch, there’s always confusion. If you know are not the patience type who can wait hours before you get it done, I’d advice you to wait a few days after release to update. You’re really not going to miss out on anything.