iOS 13 adds a dark mode to your iPhone, and much more.
You don't have to have one of Apple's new iPhone 11s to get iOS 13. On Thursday, Apple will release iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch owners. The software update brings with it plenty of new features, including a dedicated dark mode, a new swipe keyboard and a revamped Photos app (complete with video editing tools). But before you anxiously begin tapping that update button, there are a few things you should do on your iPhone to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
You don't want to be one of those people posting on Facebook that iOS 13 lost your contacts and you need phone numbers -- there's no reason for that to happen in 2019.
Take a few minutes right now and do some fall cleaning, then create a backup of your iPhone; just in case. Then after you've done all of that, install iOS 13.
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I recommend using major OS updates as a yearly reminder it's time to go through all of the apps you have installed on your iPhone or iPad and delete those random face swap apps or games you used for a few minutes, then forgot all about. It's also a good time to go through the Photos app and delete all those random screenshots, photos and videos you no longer need.
Removing unused apps will trim down the amount of storage you're using, and also speed up the backup process since there's less for iTunes or iCloud to backup.
There are two methods for backing up your iOS device. You can use Apple's iCloud service, or use iTunes on a Mac or PC. Backing up through iCloud is arguably the easiest method. It's a good idea to back up your device right before you update, that way if something goes wrong you're not restoring to a backup created a few days ago, and all of your current information will be restored.Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Using Apple's iCloud service to back up your iOS device is the easier method. Each iCloud account is given 5GB of free storage for things like backups, so why not use it? To force a backup of your iOS device using Apple's iCloud service, go to Settings > tap on your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back up now.
Make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and have a charger handy. You don't want to burn through your wireless data plan, and the backup process can chew through a lot of your battery in a short time.
Another way to back up your iOS device is to use iTunes. You'll need a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed and an Apple Lightning cable. Connect your iOS device to the computer and unlock it. Enter your PIN code if prompted to approve a connection between the computer and device.
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In iTunes, click on the small thumbnail of your device next to the Music/Movies drop-down menu.
With the Summary option selected on the left, you should see a screen full of details about your device. On that screen is also a Backups section. Leave iCloud selected, but check the Encrypt iPhone backup box.
You'll be asked for a password that will be used to encrypt the backup. Whatever you do, do not lose or forget the password you enter -- without it, you can't restore your iOS device's backup should you need to.Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
With a password entered, click Back Up Now and let iTunes work. A few minutes later, you'll have an encrypted backup stored on your computer. An encrypted backup will prevent you from having to enter account passwords for apps like email or Facebook when restoring a device, as opposed to iCloud backups that can be hit or miss.
Originally publish last week. Updated to reflect launch date.
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