If you want to upgrade to iOS 10 right now then you better do it fast. Officially, the iOS 10 is slated to get released on September 12, 2016. Now, without looking at the calendar you should be able to tell that there is only one day left before everyone is able to download an iOS 10 for their Apple smartphone as well.
But if you want to do it now, i.e before anyone else, and have the patience of a teenager then it is possible to upgrade to iOS 10 a whole 24 hours before the rest of the world.
Here is how you do it.
Did You Sign Up For The Beta Program? Then Do It N ow
You probably know that Apple launched iOS 10 beta quite a while back. You might even have signed up for the program.
Apple rolled out the last version of iOS 10 beta to its program’s testers about four days ago.
So if you are one of those who signed up for the iOS 10 beta program then you need to go to Settings and then to General.
After that, you need to tap on Software Update option in order to begin the process. The entire update process should not take long and your smartphone device will alert you once the final version of iOS 10 is installed on your smartphone device.
Needless to say, this is by far the easiest way to update your Apple smartphone to iOS 10. But of course, you’ll need to have already signed up for the program.
However, even if you didn’t sign up for the beta program, you can still update your smartphone device to the latest version of Apple’s operating system that is iOS 10 .
Just go to Apple’s sign up page and check out the options. Look for the option that allows you to sign up for the program.
You should also know that you may not want to sign up for Apple’s beta program. Why?
Well, for starters it is a beta program so naturally, there will be a lot of bugs in the operating system and secondly, it is a bit more than just difficult to opt out of the program once you decide to join it.
But don’t worry, you can still sign up and download the latest version of Apple’s iOS 10 without having to wait for long.
All you’ll need to do is skip a couple of processes in order to get your hands on iOS 10 before any of your neighbors do.
Step 1: (Always) Backup Your Data
In other words, back up your Apple device. It should be common knowledge by now that before performing an upgrade process, you should always backup your device’s data.
You can perform your own backup process by seeking help from iTunes or maybe even backup your data using iCloud. Go here for that.
If you want to backup on both services then do so. You can never be too safe. But we’re guessing that you’re here because you want to save time, so backup using only one of the two services.
Fortunately, Apple’s iOS 10 update program has progressed enough that, now, you won’t have to restore your Apple smartphone or any other device in order to perform the upgrade.
With that said, we’re still going to tell you to backup your data no matter what. No one can guarantee what might happen during the update process so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Along with that, you should also know that downloading and installing a software before the final release is always a risk. These versions, though very stable, are not the final version and hence might screw up something in your device.
So if you’re not the daredevil we thought you were then better wait till Tuesday.
Step Two: Go Ahead And Download Apple’s Xcode 8
Apple has made a lot of changes to how developer accounts function. Now, you can download and install the “gold master” versions of all software directly from Apple’s official website.
The “gold master” versions are the exact versions as the final public release version.
You can pat yourself on the back now because this is great news.
Of course, there is a catch. What else did you expect?
The catch is that you must be on a Mac if you want to take advantage of the service.
Not only that, you’ll also need to install Xcode 8 on your desktop before you can move on with the process.
So you might be wondering, what would happen if I don’t install Xcode 8 first?
Well, you won’t be able to install iOS 10 because the process will give you an error message long before that stage.
Worse, all of your phone’s data will get wiped. So whatever you do; do not attempt to skip this step of the process.
- You should go to Xcode 8’s official page and download the software using this link. Remember, Xcode is available for no other device other than Apple’s Mac. Tough luck Windows users.
- After that, sign into the website with your Apple ID account. And if you haven’t done so already then you’ll also need to register for a free developer program account. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay a dime in order to do that.
- When that’s done, simply click the link to download Xcode 8 on your Mac.
- Wait for the download to finish.
- Go to where the downloaded file is located and double-click on it in order to extract the XIP file. This will take some time so go get yourself a cup of something while you wait.
- Now, simply follow the instructions that pop-up on your screen until the installation process is complete. This process will also update your iTunes version.
Nice, now we come to the part where we actually put the latest iOS 10 on your smartphone device.
Step Three: Get Ready to Download iOS 10
First of all, you should know that Apple recently released a special version of iOS, the iOS 10.0.1 to developers who had signed up for the program. But you already knew that.
What you might not know is that, this is the same version that is listed as the “gold master” version of iOS 10.
So, find your device from the list below and click the relevant link in order to download the iOS 10 IPSW file for your Apple smartphone or any other of the company’s devices.
Do remember that if any of the links do not work for you then just hop over here in order to find another list.
- 9.7 inch iPad Pro
- 12.9 inch iPad Pro
- iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2
- iPad Air, iPad Mini 2
- iPad 4th generation
Step Four: Now You Need to Install iOS 10 On Your Device Using iTunes
We’re almost finished with updating your Apple device.
By now, you should have the appropriate IPSW file for iOS 10 downloaded on your Mac. Don’t forget the Xcode 8 as well. You should have that installed as well.
If that is indeed the case, then you can install iOS on your Apple device.
To do that,
- Connect your iOS device to your Mac by plugging it in with the help of a cable.
- Open up iTunes application on your Mac and select your device.
- Look at your keyboard for a bit and hold down the Options key. At the same time, click the “Update” button that is located on the Summary page.
However, if you want to start the process from scratch and also restore your Apple device then hold down the Option key and hit “Restore.”
- Now, simply select the IPSW file that you downloaded from the previous steps and hit Open.
Congratulations!! You have done it.
Not too quick though. Because, even though there are no more steps left, your iTunes will take some time to update your Apple device to iOS 10.
And if everything goes according to plan then you should have the new iOS 10 before anyone else.
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