iOS 12 Update Preparations

If you plan to test the iOS beta by yourself, then it's a good idea to make the necessary preparations before you start.

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Learn about iOS 12 features

Just as previous versions of iOS have in the past, the new iOS 12 brings huge changes to Apple users. Are you curious about it? The following content reveals all of the brand-new features of iOS 12, including the comparison between it and iOS 11.

iOS 12 vs iOS 11
Performance Faster & more responsive. Moderate.
FaceTime FaceTime with up to 32 people at once. Take live photos of your friends during video chats.
Animoji Support customized Memoji to match your personality & mood. Tied to the pre-defined set of Animoji.
AR Persistent and multi-user experiences. Easier to share it with friends. AR on iOS would be a game changer.
Screen Time An admirable step towards a healthier attitude to device addiction. Screen time monitoring is not efficient.
Notifications Grouped Notifications. Easier to edit or clear en masse. Not easy to find what's important.
Do Not Disturb Add Do Not Disturb during bedtime. Set Do Not Disturb to end automatically. Do Not Disturb only while driving.
Photos Search A smarter way to search photos. More categories and a higher success rate. Handle object searches to a limited extent.
Siri Shortcuts More powerful. Intelligently pair daily routines with apps. Siri learns from your habits and syncs your preferences across all your Apple devices.
Camera Improved Portrait Lighting. Improved QR code reader. More life in live photos.

Check Devices iOS 12 Supported


  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
    2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
    1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad
    5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2


  • iPod touch
    6th generation

Make Space for the Download

If you don't have enough space on your iPhone or iPad to download iOS 12, you'll most likely get a storage space error and you'll have to delete some data off your device to make some room.

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Back Up Your Device

It is necessary to back up your devices before system update in case any data loss in the process. You can directly back up your iOS device with iCloud or iTunes. If you meet problem during the backup, find solutions to fix it first and never start the iOS 12 update until you have created a backup successfully.

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Manage Media Files on Your Device

Managing iOS media files on your device to keep them safe during iOS 12 update is necessary. You can choose to transfer iPhone music/photos/videos to computer, or export them to iTunes.

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How to Install iOS 12

You can download and install iOS 12 directly on your device or through iTunes. See more details on how to install iOS 12 >.


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