Should You Update Your iPhone to iOS 10 - Quick Guide

Hi Apple users,

Today is the day! Your iPhone gets a whole new operating system today. Once that red dot appears on your device’s Settings, it's time to install iOS 10. Apple rolls out the update gradually beginning on the morning of Tuesday, September 13. Just make sure your device gets the update (for not to be disappointed later) and if it does, just be aware that it might take up to 24 hours to actually get the iOS 10 update delivered to your devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod).

First Thing To Do is to Back It Up 

The very first thing that you should do is to backup your device before updating. It is possible for devices to encounter problems during the update, so it is crucial to save everything so that you don't lose anything. This way, whether you use iCloud or iTunes to back up, you will have the most recent backup ready in case you have to restore your device.

Charge It Up

The other must-dos before the update is plugging in your phone and connecting to a Wi-Fi. Usually an iOS update requires between 1-2 GBs of free space on your iPhone. So, make sure you have the space to download and install. This will be a bigger issue for those with 16GB iPhones or iPads, and not so much for those with larger-capacity devices.

Time to Leave the Phone on the Table

When the update is ready to download, your device will show you a popup alert to notify you. You can also check manually:

  • Tap on the Settings icon, 
  • Then the General tab, 
  • Tap Software Update. 
  • You’ll see whether the update is ready. 

The download time usually depends on your Wi-Fi speed and the amount of traffic Apple’s servers are seeing. Expect it to take between 30 minutes and an hour.

Here is a quick review on iOS 10's new features:

Which Devices Support iOS 10

All iPhones starting with iPhone 5 are compatible with iOS 10. One of the highlights of this OS is that it consumes less memory compared to its predecessors. In case you forgot or aren’t aware of the model of your phone, simply go over to Settings > About Phone, where you’ll find the model number. Below is a list of all iOS 10 compatible devices: 

  • iPhone 7 
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s 
  • iPhone 6s Plus 
  • iPhone 6 
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE 
  • iPhone 5s 
  • iPhone 5c 
  • iPhone 5 
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch 
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch 
  • iPad Air 2 
  • iPad Air 
  • iPad 4th generation 
  • iPad mini 4 
  • iPad mini 3 
  • iPad mini 2 
  • iPod touch 6th generation 

Hope your device is one of these listed above and once you get the update, enjoy all the new features!

Software Developer, Codemio Admin

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