3 things iPhone owners must do before downloading the iOS 14 update in a few hours

Apple held its annual September product showcase last night, unveiling a new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen monitoring and a more affordable Apple Watch SE. Unfortunately, there was no sign of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which were tipped to be unveiled during the keynote presentation. Thankfully, iPhone owners did get some good news from Apple CEO Tim Cook – the latest version of iOS will be available to download for free today.

iOS 14 brings a slew of dramatic changes to your iPhone, including changes to how you store your apps, stunning new interactive widgets to place between your apps, new features in iMessage that’ll be immediately familiar to anyone who uses WhatsApp and much, much more.

If your iPhone is compatible with iOS 14 (you can check that here), you’ll want to run through a number of pre-flight checks to ensure that your smartphone is ready to download and install the iOS upgrade when it becomes available later today (September 16, 2020).

Back-Up Everything

Hopefully there won’t be any issues moving your iPhone over to iOS 14. However, there have been a few hiccups with iOS upgrades in the past, so we can’t rule anything out.

As such, your first step should be to back-up your iPhone before attempting any update. This can be handled over iCloud – the cloud-based storage option available to every Apple user, or iTunes – provided that you’ve got a Mac or MacBook nearby with the correct cable to complete the back-up.

To use iCloud, first you’ll want to connect to a Wi-Fi network, launch the Settings app, then tap your Apple ID at the top of the list. Scroll down and tap on the iCloud tab, then iCloud Backup, and finally, Back Up Now.

If you’d rather use iTunes, you’ll want to plug-in your iPhone, launch iTunes and click on the small iPhone-shaped icon in the top left-hand corner of the app. Once the panel loads up, you’ll want to hit This Computer in the backup section, then kickstart the backup right away.

Clear Some Room

You’ll need some free storage to download the iOS 14 update and kickstart the upgrade on your iPhone. If you’re the sort of person who is constantly swatting away warnings about ‘Low Storage’ every time you take a photograph, video, or try to install a new app – you’ll need to make some ruthless cuts before attempting to upgrade.

You’ll need roughly 2.7GB free on your iPhone or iPod Touch to upgrade to iOS 14, but ideally you’ll want a little more breathing room than that. We’d recommend at least 6GB of storage to ensure you get the best possible experiences with your software upgrade.

If there’s nothing you can delete from your handset, you can use the iTunes backup method listed above to avoid having to download the update files to your iPhone – instead, they just live on your computer.

…And Now You Patiently Play The Waiting Game

So, you’re ready. There’s nothing else to do but wait for Apple to flip the switch in sunny Cupertino, California, to launch iOS 13 to iPod Touch and iPhone owners worldwide.

As mentioned above, we’d expect the update to land in the UK around 6pm.

To check whether there is an operating system upgrade available for your iPhone, head to the Settings app, scroll down the list to General, then tap Software Update to check whether iOS 14 is available.

It’s important to note, this won’t keep checking automatically – so you’ll want to head back to the Settings menu and then tap on Software Update again to refresh the search and see whether the update is now available.

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