How to Quickly Free Up iPhone Storage

How to Quickly Free Up iPhone Storage is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re running out of storage on your iPhone there are a few steps you can take to quickly free up space for new apps, videos, or a new version of iOS.

The iPhone doesn’t come with a microSD card slot which puts a greater importance on the device’s internal storage space. This is particularly true if you own an 8GB, 16GB or 32GB iPhone model. That space can fill up fast.

A full, or nearly full iPhone can be irritating because your phone will alert you if you don’t have enough space to take a photo, download a new application, or install a brand new iOS update. If you’re getting tired of seeing these alerts, you’ll want to get a handle on what’s causing the problem.

This guide will show you how to quickly free up space on your iPhone without having to delete important files or investing in additional iCloud storage.

Delete Saved Podcasts

If you’ve downloaded podcasts on your iPhone they’re probably taking up a ton of space on your device’s hard drive. If you’re done with any of your saved podcasts, delete them.

To do this you’ll want to head into the Settings app rather than Podcasts. From there go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage under the Storage section > Podcasts.

There you’ll see a list of the Podcasts you have saved. Tap Edit and delete anything you no longer listen to.

If you’re deep in the podcast game you might save yourself a few GB of space.

Delete Music You No Longer Need

If you use a service like Apple Music you might like to save songs to your device’s internal hard drive. These can start to add up if you aren’t careful.

Finding and deleting music you no longer listen to or no longer need to store locally should only take you a few minutes.

If you’re using Apple Music head to your Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. Find Apple Music on the list and tap it.

From there you can choose to delete individual songs with a simple swipe or, if you’d prefer to go nuclear, you can delete all of your music with a swipe on All Songs at the top of the screen.

If you’re using Spotify, deleting locally stored music is a much different process.

Instead of going into Settings you’ll need to go into the app itself and manually delete the songs, playlists, and albums stored on your device.

Delete Messages

If you send and receive lots of iMessages they might be taking up multiple GBs of hard drive space.

First, check your internal storage via Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. If you notice data from the Messages app taking up a ton of space on your iPhone, head back to Settings and scroll down and tap Messages.

Once you’re in there, scroll down to the Message History section. Tap the Keep Messages tab and make sure you’re set on 30 Days.

Warning: This will delete previously stored data so make sure you save important texts or files from within those texts before taking this step.

Delete Apps You Don’t Use

Deleting apps you no longer use is a simple but effective way to cut down on the clutter eating away at your hard drive.

Head into Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. From there you’ll need to determine what apps can stay and which apps can go.

If you determine you no longer need an app, select it from the list with a tap. From there, tap on Delete App.

You can always download the app again.

Stop Saving Two Photos

If you use your iPhone’s HDR mode you might’ve noticed that your phone saves two copies of your photos. One is an HDR version and the other is a normal version.

To put an end to double-saving, go ahead and open Settings > Photos & Camera. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to where it says HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Tap the toggle next to Keep Normal Photo to turn this function off. If you own an iPhone 7 Plus you’ll also see a toggle for Portrait mode. Disable that as well.

If you use Instagram, you also might be doubling up photos. In addition to the normal photo your device will also save a cropped/filtered Instagram photo.

To shut this off, open up the Instagram app. From there tap your profile tab in the bottom right corner and then tap the little gear icon in the upper right corner of your screen.

Under the Settings section, hit the toggle next to Save Original Photos to turn this function off.

Get Rid of Recently Deleted Photos & Videos

If you recently deleted a photo or a video from your iPhone that photo or video is probably still taking up space.

If you don’t want to wait a month for iOS to automatically delete your photos and videos, you’ll need to manually delete them from your phone.

To do this head into the Photos app and head to your Albums. Scroll down to the Recently Deleted album and tap on it.

From there you can select individual photos and videos to permanently delete. Or, if you’d rather get rid of them all, you can opt to delete them all.

Clear Browser History

You can also quickly free up storage space by clearing your browser’s data.

If you use Safari go into your iPhone’s Settings > Safari > and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap that.

Clearing this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. Your history will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account.

If that sounds like a plan, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you’re a Google Chrome user head into the app and tap the three vertical circles located in the top right corner.

Here you can select to delete Browsing History, Cookies & Site Data, Cached Images & Files, and Autofill Data.

If you’d prefer to delete everything, tap Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data. From there, select them all (you’ll see a check mark on the right once you’ve done this) and then click Clear Browsing Data.

Delete Your Reading List

Safari’s offline reading mode is useful when you don’t have an internet connection but it can take up unnecessary space on your iPhone. Try clearing it to free up some space.

To clear Safari’s offline reading list on your iPhone, head into Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

Under the Storage section, tap Manage Storage > Safari. Next, swipe left over Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache.

To delete individual items from your reading list open up Safari, head into your Reading List and swipe left to delete anything you no longer need.

Update to iOS 10.3.2

If you declined to install iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.3.1, download iOS 10.3.2 to free up some space.

If you skipped iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.3.1, the iOS 10.3.2 update will deliver the APFS file change that first arrived on board Apple’s iOS 10.3 update. Thanks to APFS, you might see some additional free storage open up on your device.

You won’t get an extra 10GB of storage space but you could get 7GB+ of free space. We got about 2GB of space back on our iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.

Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. 

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How to Quickly Free Up iPhone Storage is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s hard to find a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but with iOS 8, iOS 9 or iOS 10 installed on your iPhone or iPad you can get an alert right before the battery dies. This is how to turn on the option to make the iPhone send its last location before the battery runs out.

This allows you to know where it was when the battery died and track it down. This is especially handy after the battery dies because you cannot use the ring feature to make the iPhone play sound.

The only downside to this option is you’ll need to turn it on before you are looking for your lost iPhone with a dead battery. If the iPhone is already missing you can still follow the tracking directions, but the location may be off slightly. This also works if you are trying to find a stolen iPhone with a dead battery, but the chances are higher that someone already moved it from that location.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

You need iOS 8 higher installed for this option to be present. The iOs 10 update is free and runs on the iPhone 4s and newer. This also works on the iPad and iPad mini as long as they are on iOS 8 or above.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Before you lose the iPhone you need to turn on a new Find My iPhone feature. When you set up a new iPhone Find My iPhone is on by default, but this handy feature is not. This is a good time to make sure Find My iPhone is on and that you can track the location of your iPhone.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Make sure the main option is turned on. This is what allows you to use another iPhone or device to track down a lost or stolen iPhone.

Tap on Find My iPhone and then on the next screen toggle Send Last Location to On. This will force the iPhone to send it’s location to Apple right before the battery dies. It needs a connection, so if it is in airplane mode this is not going to help, but in most cases, a lost iPhone with a dead battery isn’t going to be in airplane mode. A stolen iPhone may already be in airplane mode to prevent you from tracking it.

Once you have this set up you’ll be able to find your lost iPhone even if the battery is dead. Even though you can’t sound an alert you can find the general location. This is enough to focus your search on a coffee shop you were at, a friend’s house or wherever the last location showed it.

Track a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Now we’ll show you how to track a lost iPhone location using another iPhone, iPad or computer. If you are using another Apple device like an iPhone or iPad you can download the Find My iPhone app free on the App Store.

You need to log in with your Apple ID and password. You can do this on a friend’s iPhone or iPad, but make sure you log out when you are done.

When logged in the app will show the location of all your Apple devices with Find My iPhone installed. Tap on the iPhone with a dead battery to see the last location. You can then tap on the car to get directions to that location, or if you are already nearby you can start your search.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

The normal options of sound an alert, put in lost mode or erase won’t work when you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but you can always put the lost mode on if you can’t find the iPhone. If you do this and someone charges it they will see your information and can call you. If you tell it to erase it will do this the next time it connects, but then you can no longer track it.

Another option is using a computer to track the iPhone down. You still need your Apple ID and password to do this, but you don’t need a Mac. You can visit iCloud on a Mac or PC, or even an Android phone, to see the same information. You’ll be able to see the last location of the lost iPhone before the battery died.

Unfortunately, you need to turn on these features before you lose an iPhone. Even if you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery and you didn’t turn on the Send Last Location feature you may still get a good idea of where the lost iPhone is.

28 Best iPhone 7 Cases

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Speck Presido iPhone 7 Cases

Speck chose to deliver a new line of iPhone 7 cases that look and feel amazing. The new Presidio iPhone 7 cases use upgraded material to deliver better shock protection while arriving in a thinner design. 

The Presidio Grip, Inked and Wallet can protect your iPhone 7 from a 10 foot drop while the Presidio Clear, Clear + Glitter and Clear + Print are tested for an 8 foot drop.

We already have these iPhone 7 cases on our iPhone and love the look and feel that they offer.

$39.95 to $44.95 at Speck

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How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

5 Things to Know About the iOS 10.3.3 Update

5 Things to Know About the iOS 10.3.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

An iOS 10.3.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and you can try it right now ahead of its official release date.

Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t as exciting as the company’s rumored iOS 11 update but it’s worth monitoring as we push closer to Apple’s announcements at WWDC 2017 in early June.

Today we want to rundown the most important things to know, right now, about the upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update.

This guide includes a look at the iOS 10.3.3 beta, the changes coming to your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10.3.3, and a quick peek at what we expect from its release date and time.

Let’s start with the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 10.3.3 beta for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

iOS 10.3.3 Beta

If you want to try out the iOS 10.3.3 update ahead of its official release you can.

Apple’s released an iOS 10.3.3 beta to developers and to the general public via the Beta Software Program. iOS software in the company’s Beta Software Program is available to anyone with a working Apple ID.

If decide to try early version of iOS 10.3.3 ahead of its official release date, proceed with caution. Early iOS software can and probably will, cause problems on your device.

In order to combat these problems, we recommend doing some prep work before installing the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your device.

If you do notice issues on your device, you’ll want to report those issues to Apple. This way, the company can improve the final release.

If you’re on the fence about downloading the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your phone or tablet, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the beta on your device.

Most iPhone and iPad users are better off staying put on official iOS software.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 Beta

If you decide to try the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your device you’ll want to get familiar with the downgrade process.

If you run into problems with the iOS 10.3.3 beta you might want to downgrade to an official version of iOS 10.

Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 10.3.1 which means you can drop back down to either one of those if your device struggles with the beta on board.

The company will close up the iOS 10.3.1 downgrade path but you’ll always be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.

Once you make the move to iOS 10.3.3 beta there’s no going back to anything older than iOS 10.3.1.

So if you are running iOS 10.2.1, iOS 9, or (god forbid) iOS 8, you should be extremely careful with iOS 10.3.3 beta. For many of you, it probably isn’t worth it.

iOS 10.3.3 Update: What’s New

One of the reasons iOS 10.3.3 isn’t worth the trouble is because those testing the iOS 10.3.3 beta haven’t discovered anything of note.

The iOS 10.3.3 beta 1 doesn’t appear to have any new features besides three new wallpapers for the 12-inch iPad Pro.

You don’t need to install the iOS 10.3.3 beta or wait for the official iOS 10.3.3 release to get these new wallpapers on board your device. You can download them onto your 12-inch iPad Pro right now.

Apple is rumored to have a new iPad Pro hardware planned for WWDC 2017 and there’s a chance these wallpapers could tie-in with a new product.

In addition to new iPads, Apple is expected to announce a new Siri Speaker and updates to its MacBook line.

Based on the version number, iOS 10.x.x, we assume the iOS 10.3.3 update will primarily be focused on fixing bugs and improving device security.

Apple is reportedly working on major software changes for the iPad but those changes will likely come with iOS 11.

iOS 10.3.3 Release Date

Apple failed to confirm an iOS 10.3.3 release date with the beta so it’s unclear how long the software will stay in beta.

Apple only confirms specific iOS release dates on stage during media events. With new iPads rumored to be at WWDC 2017, and new iPad wallpapers apparently coming with iOS 10.3.3, the update could tie-in with company’s keynote address on June 5th.

June 5th also falls on a Monday and Apple is notorious for releasing new iOS software on Monday mornings.

It’s impossible to predict a precise iOS 10.3.3 release date but we expect the company to release a few more betas before the software pushes out to the general public.

The company’s last maintenance release, iOS 10.3.2, went through a six-week beta process before Apple released it for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iOS 10.2.1, another recent bug fix update, went through four betas before it arrived for the public.

iOS 10.3.3 Release Time

The iOS 10.3.3 release date might be difficult to predict but the iOS 10.3.3 release time isn’t.

Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. You can expect the same from Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 beta releases.

Here’s what that will look like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend and it typically releases new software on Monday and Thursday.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.

Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. 

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 10.3.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

What’s New in iOS 10.3 & iOS 10.3.2

What’s New in iOS 10.3 & iOS 10.3.2 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This is what’s new in iOS 10.3 for the iPhone and iPad and what’s new in iOS 10.3.2 update that arrived in May.

There are loads of new iOS 10.3 features that you can use to add more to your iPhone and iPad. There are no new iOS 10.3 emojis, but there are exciting iOS 10.3 features and important security upgrades. iOS 10.3 is not just a holdover for iOS 11, it’s an update that brings features you will use to your iPhone.

There are no major iOS 10.3.2 features, as this focuses on security, but there are still reasons to install this update.

The iOS 10.3.2 update arrives as a free over the air update for the iPhone and iPad. This is also available in iTunes if you prefer to plug in. The iOS 10.3.2 update is available for any iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or iOS 10, but some features may only come to newer phones or tablets.

Apple released iOS 10.3 in late March as a free upgrade to users alongside new versions of watchOS, tvOS and macOS. In early April Apple released iOS 10.3.1 and in mid-May Apple released iOS 10.3.2.

Apple made a major change behind the scenes in iOS 10.3, adding Apple File System to the iPhone and iPad. This is not a change you will see, but it could speed up your iPhone and iPad if you have an older device.

Learn what's new in iOS 10.3 for iPhone and iPad.

Learn what’s new in iOS 10.3 for iPhone and iPad.

After adding the new TV app in iOS 10.2, Apple continues to add to the entertainment with a new feature that allows you to rent a movie on one device and then continue watching it on another iOS device or on your computer. Here’s a look at what’s new in iOS 10.3;

  • Apple ID Settings Profile
  • iTunes Rentals Across All Your Devices
  • Apple Clips
  • Apple File System
  • Find My AirPods
  • iCloud Storage Breakdown
  • New Apple CarPlay Features
  • New Siri Features
  • Exciting iOS 10.3 Features
  • Security Upgrades

Apple also delivers security upgrades in iOS 10.3, which will help keep your device secure. This is especially important, as Apple strives to fix iPhone exploits to stop organizations and individuals from hacking your iPhone or iPad before the processes and details are made public.

Apple also released watchOS 3.2.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 alongside the iOS 10.3.2 update in May. You will need to upgrade all of your devices to get every feature listed here.

Apple ID Settings Profile

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Apple ID Settings Profile

 When you need to change your Apple ID settings and make changes on your iPhone it is now easier with a central location for your iCloud account in settings. 

Tap on your name and photo at the top of the iPhone Settings and you can quickly change all the important settings related to your iCloud account and Apple ID. You'll find your name, phone numbers and email as well as options to setup your passwords and security. You can even change Payment and Shipping information for when you use the Apple Store app. Other options include iCloud, iTunes, and even fast access to Family Sharing settings

Further down on this screen, you can see your device and access information about them. This includes a shortcut to Find My iPhone, if Find My iPhone is on, the last known Cloud backup, phone number, serial number, IMEI, and Apple Pay card. 

This is a very handy way to access all the important iPhone and iPad settings that link up to iCloud, Apple Pay and other services that Apple provides. 

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What’s New in iOS 10.3 & iOS 10.3.2 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 10.3.1 Update: 4 Things to Do After Installing & 3 Not To

iOS 10.3.1 Update: 4 Things to Do After Installing & 3 Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

You’ve installed the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Now what? Today we want to run down some things to do, and some things not to do, after installing iOS 10.3.1 on your device.

Its been a month since the iOS 10.3.1 update replaced Apple’s milestone iOS 10.3 upgrade and it still serves as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 for the company’s mobile devices.

iOS 10.3.1 is a tiny maintenance update if you’re coming from iOS 10.3. It’ll feature bug fixes and an important security patch.

If you failed to download iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will be much bigger thanks to the features and fixes from the milestone upgrade. If you missed any other iOS updates along the way, they’ll be baked into iOS 10.3.1 as well.

Some people are still trying to decide if iOS 10.3.1 is worth it. Others decided to take the plunge and are now running iOS 10.3.1 on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

We recently provided some tips to potential iOS 10.3.1 users and today we want to switch gears and offer some tips to those of you that decided to download iOS 10.3.1 on your device.

This guide walks you through some things you’ll want to do and some things you’ll want to avoid as you push away from the installation.

Test Your Connectivity

Maybe the first thing you’ll want to do after installing iOS 10.3.1 is to check all of connections to ensure they’re working properly.

A few of these tests should only take you a few seconds. Test your Wi-Fi connectivity to make sure everything is working properly after the upgrade.

You’ll also want to switch over to LTE/4G to make sure your cellular data is functioning. If you rely on GPS for your commute you’ll want to test it for accuracy.

Beyond those, you’ll want to try pairing your device with your favorite Bluetooth devices. Maybe that’s a speaker, a headset or your car. If you own an Apple Watch, you’ll want to make sure your device is pairing properly.

If you use your iPhone or iPad to control appliances in your house (lights, heat, front door, garbage, etc), you’ll also want to make sure those connections are synced up.

Test Your Apps & Services

We recommend checking all of your apps and services to ensure they’re working normally after the iOS 10.3.1 update. This is especially important if you rely on said apps and services for your job or for school.

There’s a chance a vital application or service will start acting up with iOS 10.3.1 on board. We’re already hearing and seeing complaints about iOS 10.3.1 problems and they include issues with Exchanges and various first and third-party apps.

Check all of your key apps and services first then move onto your secondary ones. If you notice something out of the ordinary, you’ll want to take action.

If you run into an issue with an application you’ll want to check the App Store to make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.

iOS developers have been rolling out a steady stream of bug fix updates and an update could help stabilize the software.

If your issue is related to work software, you’ll want to get into contact with your IT department if you have one.

You might also check in with the app developer (forum/customer service) to see if they have a remedy for you.

This might sound tedious but checking these items is important. The last thing you want to do is walk into a presentation or a busy workday with broken software.

Check All of Your Important Files

You’ll also want to check and make sure all of your important files successfully made it over. This is particularly important if you came to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older.

Everything should be fine but you should double-check to make sure your important photos, videos, and other data is in order. Over the years we’ve heard countless horror stories about files and data going missing so you’ll want to make sure everything is there.

If something is missing, you’ll want to restore from a backup. That is if you made a backup before you installed iOS 10.3.1.

Test New Features

If you failed to download iOS 10.3 you’ll get its features baked into your iOS 10.3.1 update. iOS 10.3 was a large update.

Some of iOS 10.3’s changes are small. Others might be game-changing for you. For instance, if you own a pair of AirPods you’ll want to get acquainted with the Find My AirPods function located inside the Find My iPhone app. It could save you time and maybe even a pair of AirPods.

If you use CarPlay, you’ll want to get familiar with the changes to the UI and some of the smaller tweaks to the software.

To help you get started you’ll want to take a look at our iOS 10.3.1 walkthrough. It’ll take you through the new features, the bug fixes and the important security patches on board.

Don’t Panic

iOS 10.3.1 users are reporting problems with the software and there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue with the update today, tomorrow, or a week from now. iOS issues can popup anytime.

If you do run into a problem there’s no need to panic or freakout. You should be able to fix your issue from the comforts of your home or office.

We recently put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems and it’s a great place to start if you’re noticing abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi, or problems with your Bluetooth connectivity.

We’ve also put together a list of tips that should help you improve iOS 10.3.1 performance should it start to decline after installing iOS 10.3.1.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, check out our list of resources for iOS 10.3.1 problems.

Don’t Forget to Report iOS 10.3.1 Problems

If you encounter an issue with iOS 10.3.1, make sure you report it to the proper entity.

If you’re noticing issues with a first-party app or service, make sure you report the bug to Apple so that its engineers can look into it.

You can do that via Apple’s Support account on Twitter and you can also get in touch with customer service via its website. You’ll also want to report it on the Apple Discussion Forums and here on the company’s feedback page.

If you’re seeing issues with a third-party app or service, get in touch with the developer and, if necessary, leave a review on the App Store.

Don’t Forget About iOS 10.3.2

Don’t get too comfortable with iOS 10.3.1.

Apple’s confirmed an iOS 10.3.2 update. Like iOS 10.3.1, iOS 10.3.2 is expected to be a small bug fixer aimed at correcting problems and patching up potential security risks.

The company hasn’t outlined a specific iOS 10.3.2 release date but it’s currently testing the fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta, a sign the update is getting close to its official release.

Now would be a good time to start preparing for iOS 10.3.1’s eventual successor. Dig into feedback from beta testers and, if you need to, try the iOS 10.3.2 beta on your device.

You’ll also want to avoid these common mistakes as you prepare for Apple’s new version of iOS 10.

 

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.1 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device. 

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.

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iOS 10.3.1 Update: 4 Things to Do After Installing & 3 Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.