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Apple’s iOS 15 update comes with a lot of new features.

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Apples IOS 15 Update landed today, bringing new features like FaceTime call your friends on Android, Focus mode to manage your notifications, augmented reality routes in Apple Maps and Wallet updates for store a digital version of your driver’s license on your phone. Apple unveiled iOS 15 in June but just revealed the software’s release date when it released IPhone 13 Event Last week.

Before upgrading, there are a few important steps you need to take to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Make sure your device is compatible with iOS 15

If you bought a new iphone Over the past six years, it will be compatible with iOS 15. Here is the full list of iPhones and iPads that will support Apple’s new software update. (And if you are interested in buying the iPhone 13, here is how to pre-order it.)

Devices supported by iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

iPhone iPad
iPhone 13

12.9-inch iPad Pro (all generations)

iPhone 13 Mini

11-inch iPad Pro (all generations)

iPhone 13 Pro

10.5-inch iPad Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

9.7-inch iPad Pro

iPhone 12

iPad (5th generation and later)

iPhone 12 Mini

iPad Mini (4th generation and later)

iPhone 12 Pro

iPad Air (2nd generation and above)

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone XS

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XR

iPhone X

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone SE (both generations)

iPod Touch (7th generation)

Back up your iPhone or iPad before updating to iOS 15

Backing up any device before updating is usually a good idea. Most of the time, your phone will update normally without any issues. But in the rare event that something goes wrong, like it did in 2016 for some iPhone owners when iOS 10 launched, you’ll want to be prepared. If you have the time, it’s also a great idea to browse through your photo and app libraries to remove any unnecessary content so that backing up your device takes less time.

I recommend that you back up your iPhone immediately before installing the new software so that your backup is as recent as possible.

There are several ways to backup your iPhone or iPad, and they are quite simple. The easiest way is to use iCloud.

How to update your iPhone through iCloud

First open the Settings app on your device and tap your name.

Then choose the iCloud option.


hurry ICloud backup.


From there, you can choose to backup your phone right now by tapping Save now. You can also turn on iCloud Backup, which automatically backs up apps and data when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, plugged in, and locked. You will notice that Apple tells you the last time this device was backed up just below the Back up now button.


Before backing up your iPhone, it’s also a good idea to see exactly how much iCloud storage you’ll need. To do this, run Settings, tap your name, choose iCloud and select Manage storage space. This will show you the details of your iCloud plan, the space required for a backup, and any devices that are backing up to your iCloud account.

Backup your iPhone via Mac

If you don’t want to use iCloud, you can always back up your iPhone to your computer. To get started, connect your iPhone to your Mac via its charging cable.

Then launch Finder and click on your iPhone.


Click on General and choose the option to backup all your iPhone data to this Mac. You can also encrypt your backup data and protect it with a password by selecting the option below.


Finally, click Save now to save a copy of your iPhone’s data and apps to your Mac.


If you’re using a PC or Mac running a version of macOS earlier than 10.15, you can still create a backup of your device through iTunes. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with its cable, launch iTunes and click on the iPhone button at the top left of the program. From there choose Summary and select Save now.

iPhone 13 Pro

You will be able to run iOS 15 on the new iPhone 13.

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Make sure your iPhone is otherwise up to date

Before updating to iOS 15, make sure your device is running the latest version of iOS 14. This will ensure that the update will appear in the Settings menu once iOS 15 is released. To check for an update, run Settings, faucet General and choose Software update.

It’s generally a good idea to keep your iPhone up to date anyway, as newer versions of the software usually introduce significant security bugfixes and other improvements. More recently, Apple released an urgent software update On Monday, that fixes a vulnerability that Israeli security firm NSO Group allegedly exploited.

Now that your phone is up to date and backed up, you are ready to download iOS 15. Once installed, check out the best hidden features of iOS 15 we have found so far and how to use some of his new tips.

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