It’s almost here, guys! Apple’s iOS 9 software is rolling out officially on Wednesday, September 16. Although it has been available as a public beta for a couple months now, it will go live officially so that everyone with a new(ish) mobile Apple device can have it.
For those wondering if they are compatible, we have provided a graph.
Basically though, if your device is capable of running the iOS 8, then it can manage the iOS 9.
Before downloading it, it’s a good idea to delete apps you haven’t used in a while and old photos and videos, so you can have as much storage space as possible.
Certainly, though, and most importantly, please backup your device before you upgrade. You can backup to either iCloud or iTunes. Your iOS device should do this automatically every day if connected to Wi-Fi, but it won’t hurt to have insurance. First make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and your device is charging, and then simply open Settings, then tap iCloud and just scroll down until you find the Backup option. Make sure you remember to then press Backup Now.
If you want to go the longer and harder road, just launch iTunes and connect your iOS device with a USB cable. Then select your device icon on the screen, and click This Computer. To make things a bit easier, click Encrypt backup and enter your password, which means you won’t have to re-enter passwords later.
Should something go wrong with the new iOS 9 (which will certainly have a bug or two), never fear, because you did your backup. Just like backup, you can update either directly on your device (Settings) or iTunes. It will take about an hour.
Really though, I recommend waiting a week or two after Wednesday to update, because if any bug does occur (which it will), it should be sorted by then.