9 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 14.2
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9 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 14.2



Installing Apple’s new iOS 14.2 update might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2.

Apple’s pushed its second iOS 14 milestone upgrade to iPhone users and the iOS 14.2 update is available to download right now if you own a device that’s compatible with the company’s current operating system.

Unlike iOS 14.1, the software brings a long list of changes to the iPhone. It has a ton of new features on board including new emoji characters and it also fixes some of the initial issues with the company’s operating system.

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 14.1, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.2 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.

iOS 14.2 is an important upgrade and most of you should install it in the near future. That being said, it’s difficult to predict how the new software will impact your iPhone’s performance.

While some of you could see a boost to your iPhone’s performance, others will run into frustrating bugs and performance issues. And this is precisely why it’s important to do some prep work before you start the installation.

A little work ahead of time could help you avoid serious problems.

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If you notice bugs or performance issues on iOS 14.2 note that you can no longer downgrade back to iOS 14.1 in an effort to improve your phone’s performance. You can’t downgrade your iPhone’s software back to iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0 or iOS 13 either.

So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13, moving your phone to iOS 14.2 is a big deal. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.

With that in mind, we want to help you prepare for the transition from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2. We always recommend spending 30 minutes, or more, preparing yourself and your device for the move.

If you don’t have that kind of time, at least make sure your files are backed up properly.

Backup Your iPhone's Data

Backup Your iPhone's Data

Backing up the date you store on your iPhone might be the most important thing you can do before installing new software on your iPhone. 

A lot of you already know how to properly backup your data (photos, videos, etc), but if you're unsure, we've got you covered. 

Some of you will want to backup using Apple's iCloud service. It's an easy way to ensure your important files are safe. If you're unfamiliar with the iCloud backup process, you'll want to check out Apple's guide.

If you don't want to use iCloud, you can backup your files using iTunes. If you're running macOS Big Sur or macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder, not iTunes. 

If you store a lot of data on your iPhone, the backup process could take awhile to complete so remain patient. 

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