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Things to Do Before Upgrading Your iPad or iPhone to iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since its debut, Apple just pushed the iOS 7 update live on its servers, and you can install it on your iPhone or iPad wirelessly, in just a few taps.. While you may be itching to get your fingers on the new operating system, you’ll want to take some time to make sure your device is 100 percent ready for this major software update. That said, there are a few things you should do before updating iOS on your iPad or iPhone to the latest and greatest version 7, starting with…

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Check device compatibility

Not every iOS device is capable of being upgraded to iOS 7*. On the iPhone front, only Retina display handsets can support the new OS. That’s the iPhone 4, 4s, and 5, and obviously the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s starting Friday. As for iPads, anything second gen or higher will be able to support iOS 7. That includes the iPad 2, 3, 4, and iPad mini. The fifth generation iPod touch is also iOS 7 upgradeable.

Back everything up

The process of updating an iPhone or iPad is usually a smooth one, but a stalled iPhone/iPad update could freeze your device or corrupt its data, including your photos, contacts, music and apps. That’s why it’s critical you back up your iDevice before beginning the iOS 6 installation process

You can back up your device using iTunes or by letting iCloud take care of it for you. You don’t want to risk losing any contacts, messages, or photos.

For iCloud check in Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage to make sure your backup is enabled, or do it manually when you’re connected to Wi-Fi by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and tapping Back Up Now.

For iTunes connect your iPhone to your computer and fire up iTunes. Open the File menu and choose Devices > Back up. You can check when you did your last backup via the Preferences in iTunes under the Devices tab.

House cleaning

Before you upgrade, why not do a bit of app house cleaning. Delete apps you never use, and ensure that the remaining apps are up-to-date. Some apps, such as Foursquare, are already releasing iOS 7 app updates so you’ll be able to use them as intended on iOS 7 as soon as your OS update is complete. With iOS 7, app updates will automatically be downloaded for you; take a minute to cherish the last time you’ll be forced to manually install app updates.

Plug your iPad or iPhone into a power source

One thing you definitely don’t want to happen during the iOS 7 update process is have your iPhone or iPad run out of juice midway through the installation; it’s a sure-fire way to corrupt your device’s data, or worse.

With that in mind, make sure to plus your iPhone or iPad into a wall outlet using its power adapter or connect it to a powered USB port on your PC or Mac before you install iOS 7. Better safe than sorry, right?

Bonus tip

You can check for the iOS 7 update manually on your iPhone or iPad by tapping Settings, General, Software Update.