10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 9.3.1

The 9.3.1 update is here and it fixes a serious 9.3 problem. Before you upgrade to it, there are some steps that you’ll want to take to prepare you, and your device, for the 9.3.1 update and its changes.

Earlier this year, Apple rolled out an 9.3 beta to developers and the public. The 9.3 beta didn’t confirm a specific release date but it gave us a glimpse at the features coming with Apple’s latest milestone upgrade for 9.

The iOS 9.3 release date arrived on March 21st bringing new features, patches and some frustrating problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users including one that forced Apple to roll out a new iOS 9.3.1 update.

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Apple promised a fix for an issue that caused some apps to become unresponsive after tapping on links and in late March it pushed out an iOS 9.3.1 update to address that problem.

If you’re coming directly from iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.1 is a small update with one fix. If you’re coming from something older, it’ll be much larger.

iOS 9 updates, even tiny ones like the iOS 9.3.1 update, can cause major headaches. Problems can and will slip through the cracks (it didn’t go through beta) and that’s why you’ll want to be prepare before you install it.

We’ve put together an extensive game plan for you. These are the steps that we take before every iOS update and they’re the steps we’re taking before we install the iOS 9.3.1 update on our iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Learn About iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3 & Their Changes

1 / 10Learn About iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3 & Their Changes

Before you install iOS 9.3.1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it’s important to get familiar with its changes. If you’re already familiar with iOS 9.3 via the iOS 9.3 beta, skip this step. If you aren’t, you’ll want to dig into the update’s change log.

iOS 9.3.1 comes with one known change, a bug fix for unresponsive app problem. There’s not a lot of meat there. 

As for iOS 9.3, it’s bigger than most incremental iOS updates. It delivers bug fixes and security patches but it also comes with some big changes to iOS 9’s feature set. You’ll want to be aware of all of these changes, particularly the biggest ones. 

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide that will take you step-by-step through these changes and differences between iOS 9.3 vs. iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.2.

If you didn’t follow the iOS 9.3 beta at all, or if you’re coming from something older than iOS 9, now would be a very good time to brush up on all of these changes so there aren’t any surprises when your download
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This is especially important if you’re coming from an update that’s older than iOS 9.2.1. 

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