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How to Install iOS 13 Properly

Christian Rentrop

After a three-month beta phase, iOS 13 is ready and iPadOS 13 won't be long in coming either. This is how you get the new system on your iPhone or iPad.

The public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS have helped Apple to identify and correct any errors in the system in good time. The sheer mass of iOS devices that are in operation cannot be replicated by Apple alone in its labs, so results from the wild are worth their weight in gold. As in the previous year, Apple has been able to correct the release scheme since WWDC: Some of the functions announced in June were not finished on time, at least not in the expected quality. Apple has therefore already announced the first update for September 30th, iOS 13.1 should appear at the same time as the new iPadOS and add missing functions. But already on September 19th, one day before the first day of sale of the new iPhones, iOS 13 will be released in a final version. How to install the new system on your smartphone:

Step 1: Create a backup of the current iOS version on the computer

Before you get started, you should definitely make a local backup of your iPhone or iPod Touch on your Mac or PC - this also applies to the installation of iPadOS in a good two weeks. Apple also expressly recommends such a procedure, if only in the event that you want to go back to iOS 12!

You cannot restore your old iOS 12 system via iCloud. Why iCloud backups are also a problem: Since Apple is also tinkering with the iCloud with the iOS updates, it can happen that iCloud backups no longer work later or cannot be restored due to an error. iOS devices with iOS 13 also overwrite existing backups in the iCloud: An iOS 12 backup thus becomes an iOS 13 backup - and cannot be imported back into iOS 12 later.

It is therefore extremely important to make a local backup. To prevent an update, you should even move it to a different location afterwards - this is the safest method! To do this, open iTunes, connect the iPad or iPhone and select it in iTunes. Click on the menu item “Overview” and then start the local backup on your PC or Mac by clicking on the menu item “Create backup now”. Annotation: If you have already installed the Catalina beta on your Mac and want to synchronize your iPhone or iPad with this computer, please note: iTunes is no longer available under macOS 10.15, the device is synchronized via the Finder.

EnlargeYou need an iTunes backup, iCloud is not enough

Incidentally, these backups are then located in the “MobileSync” folder in the user library. This Apple support document reveals exactly where - also for the Windows version of iTunes (which will be around for a while).

Take the folder, which contains lots of strange-looking files, and put it in a safe place on your Mac, preferably on a separate USB stick, external hard drive or NAS. The Time Machine drive, for example, is ideal: Simply slide the backup here. This way, you can be sure that you won't lose your important iOS 12 backup or accidentally overwrite it.

Step 2: Install iOS 13 on the iPhone or iPad

Open the settings of the iPhone or iPad and select "General -> Software update": The latest version of iOS 13 will now be downloaded automatically. If not, you have to tap “Download and Install”. The download can take a long time, depending on the time of day, the device and the load on the Apple server.

You can then bring the new operating system to your device as you normally would with all updates by clicking on “Install now”. As usual, you then have to enter the device lock code. Then iOS 13 will be automatically installed on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 3: Set up and use iOS 13

The installation itself also takes a while, of course. When it is complete, iOS 13 reports success after entering the device code: The update is complete! Now all you have to do is enter your Apple ID password to complete the setup.

Step 4 (optional): Return to iOS 12

If you discover errors that make the device unusable for you at first, there are two options: Either you wait for the next update - or you return to iOS 12 and import the backup you created in step 1 again. The latter is not entirely mundane:

  1. First, connect your iPhone or iPad to a PC or Mac with iTunes installed.

  2. Then press the Home and Power buttons until you see the recovery screen.

  3. iTunes now reports that it has detected a problem with the iPhone or iPad. Click “Restore” to reset it to factory settings.

  4. After restoring, you can restore the backup from step 1 via iTunes. The backup on the computer was also necessary for this: This is the only way to be sure that your iPhone or iPad backup has not been overwritten.

EnlargeRestoration is not possible via iCloud.