9 Things To Do Before Installing iOS 9 [Guide]

Excited about iOS 9 release? Want to install it? Before you let that feeling take a hold of you, there are some intricate details that need to be paid attention to before installing iOS 9 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

So without wasting further time, here’s what you should do before installing the update.


Prepare your iOS device

First thing first. Make sure your device is ready for the major update. This includes checking things like device compatibility, backing up your iOS device via iCloud or iTunes, freeing up storage space and more. If you’re an avid jailbreaker but want to update to iOS 9, you should perhaps look into saving SHSH Blobs as well.

For a complete guide on preparing your device for iOS 9, check out our post here: How To Prepare For iOS 9 On Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch The Right Way.

Update your iOS apps

Make sure that no new app updates are pending in the App Store. Updating your apps to the latest version available on App Store will eliminate any potential compatibility issues between your favorite apps and the iOS 9 environment.

Backup Apple Watch if you have one

If you are a Apple Watch user, you may want to check out details on how to backup your Watch data before going on with the iOS 9 update on your iPhone. Check out our complete guide on this here: How To Backup And Restore Apple Watch [Guide].

Get familiar with iOS 9 features

iOS 9 has become increasingly known for its under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes, but there are a bunch of new power-user features scattered throughout the firmware that you may want to check out first before jumping in.

Check out our hands-on video with iOS 9 features here: iOS 9 Features: Hands-On Video Walkthrough.

Keep an eye on iOS 9 jailbreak details

If jailbreaking is important for you, you should know that currently there is no public jailbreak solution available for iOS 9. So yes, if you want to keep your current iOS 8.x jailbreak, you may want to avoid installing iOS 9 right now. We will keep you updated with any development on the jailbreak front as it happens. For more on this, check our up to date article on iOS 9 jailbreak here: iOS 9 Jailbreak Status Update For iPhone And iPad.

Keep your login information ready

Make sure your iTunes/iCloud/App Store Apple ID and password are known to you as that will be the first thing you will need after updating to iOS 9. If you have the slightest of doubt, make sure you recover/reset your password before attempting to update to iOS 9.

Update to the latest version of iTunes

Needless to say, your Windows PC or Mac should have the latest version of iTunes installed. An updated suit will ensure full compatibility between your iOS 9 powered device and your computer.

As of this writing, the latest version of iTunes is version 12.3 that you can download for Windows and Mac from here.

Charge your device

Make sure your device is charged to atleast 50-percent. The more the better. It is unlikely for your iOS device to consume all the battery juice but you don’t want it to be running out of power during the update process.

Note the release time in your area’s local time-zone

iOS 9 is available starting September 16th at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern. Check out our chart here to see what time will that be in your country/city’s local time-zone: iOS 9 Worldwide Release Time [Chart].

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