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How to Prepare Your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch for Installing iOS 7?

In less than two days, iOS 7 will finally be at the hands of the eager public. If you are intending upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, now is the best time to prepare your device for a smooth-sailing upgrade procedure. Here are the steps on How to Prepare Your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch for Installing iOS 7.

How to Prepare Your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch for Installing iOS 7

Is Your Device Compatible with iOS 7?

iOS 7 Supported iOS Devices

Before you can hope to upgrade to iOS 7, you will need to check if your device is even supported. Since the first beta, the list of supported devices hasn't changed. If you have the devices listed below, then you are good to go:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th gen

NOTE: For owners of older devices like the iPhone 4, you might want to think twice before upgrading right away. There are bound to be performance issues with iOS 7 public, which becomes more apparent with older devices. You might want to wait for iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2 or even iOS 7.1 before updating for a better experience.

Are You Running an iOS 7 Beta?

How to Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta 1 to iOS 6.x.x

If you are still running on iOS 7 beta (officially or unofficially), know that iOS betas have expiration dates. When the beta expires, you could end up with a temporarily bricked device. In order to make sure that you can update to iOS 7 Final right away, you can either download the GM build or downgrade back to iOS 6. Beginning September 18th, users on iOS 6 will be able to update to iOS 7 via OTA (over the air) updates.

Do You Lots of Apps You Don't Need or Use?

Uninstall iOS Apps

If you have truckloads of apps that you hardly use or won't be needing anymore, then it won't hurt to start deleting them to clean up your Springboard and reclaim precious storage space. Simply go through your collection of apps and identify which ones you can do without. Anyway, you can always re-download purchased apps without having to pay for them again.

Does Your "Other" Files Claim Too Much Storage Space?

Clean iOS Other Files

Before updating to a major mobile operating system, it's always good to do some maintenance and cleaning under the hood. I'm talking about temporary and cache files, which you can delete safely but somehow, Apple just doesn't give you that option. You can download a software called PhoneClean (for Windows and Mac) or iCleaner (if you are jailbroken), which can remove junk files from your iDevice. Additionally, you can also delete large messages, threads and voice memos to free up some space.

Do You Have Plenty of Photos and Movies in Your iDevice?

Copy Photos Movies from iPhone to Computer

If you are using your iDevice as your primary media storage, then you should copy all your important photos and movies to your computer. Don't just rely on iCloud’s Photo Stream because not all of your media files will be kept. So don't take chances! Just copy your pictures and movies from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to your computer. Alternatively, you may also use a third party software like Dropbox.

Are You Backing Up Your Device Often?

Backup iTunes

If not, then now is the best time to do so. Updating to a new major firmware is best done with a clean install. So it's a no-brainer that you should back up your device before installing just about any system update.

  • Using iTunes: Connect your iDevice to the computer, select it in iTunes, and click “Back Up Now”.
  • Using iCloud: Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now

You're Good to Install iOS 7

Ready to Install iOS 7

And just like that, you're now good to install iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Come September 18th, you should be able to update via OTA. However, if you can, just do a full, clean install of iOS 7. Have fun with iOS 7 folks!

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