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Upgrading to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Good, just do this first – CNET


iOS 14 has plenty of goodies for iPhone users. 

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Apple’s iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates for the iPhone($699 at Amazon)and iPad($285 at Back Market) are here. They’re brimming with important and useful new features for the iPhone and iPad, ranging froma new app libraryandwidgets on your home screentotighter privacy featuresandiMessage improvements.

But before youinstall iOS 14 and iPad 14, there is some housekeeping you should do on your iPhone and iPad to make the update process go as smoothly as possible.

Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, including a checklist of how to get your phone or tablet ready.


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Which devices will support iOS 14 and iPadOS?

If you have a compatible device, you should be able to see you have an update available by going toSettings>General>Software Update.But, don’t tapInstall Nowquite yet.

Devices that will support iOS 14, iPadOS 14

Phone 11 iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
iPhone 11 Pro iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
iPhone 11 Pro Max iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
iPhone XS iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
iPhone XS Max iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
iPhone XR iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
iPhone X iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPhone 8 iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPhone 8 Plus iPad (7th generation)
iPhone 7 iPad (6th generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad (5th generation)
iPhone 6s iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPhone 6s Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone SE (1st generation) iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation) iPad Air 2
iPod Touch (7th generation)

Don’t skip this step: Clear out the clutter

When it comes time to update software orupgrade your phone, take a few minutes to go through and delete what photos and apps you don’t want or need from your camera roll and installed apps.

Our phones are a digital junk drawer of sorts, collecting random screenshots, photos, videos and single-use apps. Taking a few minutes to clear it out helps free up storage, shortens the amount of time you’ll spend waiting for it to backup, and even saves you some cash if you’re paying for extra iCloud storage just to keep it backed up.

Delete those apps you know you’ll never use again. 

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Create a fresh backup, it’s important

If you can help it, you should never update your iPhone or iPad without a current backup. Updates aren’t a perfect process, and sometimes things go wrong. The last thing you want to happen is an update to fail, then you’re left setting up your phone as brand new. Nobody wants that.

It’s best to do this step right before you start the update process, that way the information stored in your backup is as current as possible.

You can backup your devices using iCloud, using Finder on Mac, or iTunes on a PC. iCloud is by far the easiest method, simply because it’s built into your device and only requires a Wi-Fi connection. That said, if you’re out of iCloud storage space or prefer to have more control over your device backup, then you can use your computer.


iCloud backup is the easiest method. 

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Option 1: Use iCloud backup

If you have iCloud backup turned on, your device should be backing up each night while it’s charging and connected to Wi-Fi. However, you can force a backup at any time by going toSettings>tap on your name>iCloud>iCloud Backup>Back up now.

Speed up the process by plugging your phone or tablet in to a charger and connecting it to a Wi-Fi network to prevent mobile data use and killing your battery in the process.


Finder looks just like iTunes when your iOS device is connected. 

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Option 2: Backup on a Mac

If it’s been awhile since you’ve backed up your device using a Mac, the process has changed. With the death of iTunes last year, you’ll now have to use Finder to create a backup.

I have aguide detailing the entire process, which truly isn’t all that different than the old iTunes-based method.

It distills down to connecting your device to your Mac, opening it in Finder and then clicking a couple of boxes to start a backup.


Make sure to encrypt the backup to make the restoration process so much easier. 

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Option 3: Backup on a PC

Use Windows? You can still use iTunes, just like you always have, to back up your mobile Apple devices.

Before you start, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. The easiest way to do that is just to open it, and if you see a prompt to update it, then do follow the steps.

With that done, connect your device to iTunes using a Lightning or USB-C cable. The rest of the process consists of selecting your device in the iTunes interface and starting a backup.We have outlined all of the steps in this post, but let me make one more recommendation: Click the box that says you want toEncrypt your local backup. Doing so will backup all of your email accounts and app passwords, saving you from having to enter those whenever you have to restore your phone.

Now that you have your phone backed up and all of the random junk and clutter removed, install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. Once it’s installed,check out some of our favorite features, includingthe new homescreen that includes widgetsthat you can customize.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs, services and software.


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