Preparing for iOS 10

iOS 10 was released last week. I have upgraded both my iPhone 6 (last Friday) and iPad Air2 (Yesterday) without any problems. While the user experience is a little different (I like what I have seen so far) I have had no surprises.

Are you thinking about upgrading? Follow these recommendations

Check your device compatibility [1, 2, 3, 5, 6]

  • iPhones – 5, 5s, 5c, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPads – 9.7″ Pro, 12.9″ Pro, Air 2, Air, 4, Mini 4, Mini 3 and Mini 2
  • iPod Touch – 6


Free Space on your device [1, 5, 8]

  • Remove any unused Apps
  • Remove any media
  • You need at least 2GB of free space


Backup the Device

  • If you use iTunes to back up to your computer, update to latest iTunes first
  • Make sure you can recover all passwords from the backup by encrypting the backup [8]


Install the Update

  • You will need to know your Apple ID & password
  • Find a location with a strong Wi-Fi signal, preferable not at a free Wi-Fi location being shared by many users
  • I prefer to do it locally on the device rather than to use iTunes [7]
  • My iPhone took about 90 minutes to update last Friday, while my iPad seemed to go faster yesterday
  • I have heard that some take longer, be patient
  • Update all of your Apps



  1. 9 Tips to Prepare for iOS 10 Update on iPhone or iPad
  2. How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 10
  3. iOS 10 compatibility list
  4. How and When You Can Download iOS 10
  5. How to prepare your iPhone for iOS 10
  6. Which iPhones, iPads, and iPods support iOS 10?
  7. iOS 10 has arrived: here’s how to update
  8. How to get ready for iOS 10 and watchOS 3

See my other iOS articles



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