iOS 8 For Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod
Apple 8 released iOS 8 a few weeks back, with several exciting new features bundled in. The first few days after a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system is released have proven to be chaotic in the past. People had trouble installing iOS 7 when it was released a year ago, because Apple’s servers were being used by too many people at once.
Now is, perhaps, the best time to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod to the newest version of iOS – when the OS is still new, when Apple has ironed out any major bugs the new OS might have and when Apple’s servers won’t buckle under the pressure.
To help you make sure that the process runs smoothly, here’s our brief guide on how to update your iOS device to iOS 8.
Check if Your Device Supports iOS 8
Before updating, make sure your device supports iOS 8. If you bought your Apple device within the last couple of years, it will probably run iOS 8. Here is a list of the devices that can be updated to the new OS:
- iPhone 4S (no iPhone 4 unfortunately)
- iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S
- iPod Touch 5th Gen and Above
- iPad Mini
- iPad Mini with Retina Display
- iPad 2
- iPad Air
Backup your Device
You don’t want to lose your important data if anything goes wrong. So before you begin the update process, we recommend you backup your device to both iCloud and iTunes. It’s not necessary to back up to both iCloud and iTunes – it’s just safer that way. If you don’t have a reliable internet connection, backup up to iTunes will be easier and faster.
- To backup to iCloud, go to Setting > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Here, tap the Backup Now option. This should take anything from up to a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the speed of your net connection, the amount of data your device has and when you backed it up last.
- To backup using iTunes, click on the device in the iTunes menu, go to Back up and Restore and finally click Backup Now. Backing up on your PC should generally be much faster. You will be given the option of backing up the data in your purchased/downloaded apps.
Updating to iOS 8
There are two ways to update to iOS 8: using your device and using iTunes through your Mac or PC. Updating with your device is the easiest option, but you need to have about 6GB of free space on it.
This is because the update (about 1 GB) is a compressed file, which needs to decompress and then install on your device. If you don’t have that much space on your device, use iTunes.
Updating to iOS 8 with Just Your Device
You can use Wi-Fi to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod, as long as you have about 6 GB of space free on your device.
To update, go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap the Download and Install option.
Once the software has been downloaded, click on the Install option.Make sure that you have a full battery before you do this, as your device may become corrupted if the installation process is interrupted.
You can also use 3G/4G for this, but it’s cheaper to use Wi-Fi.
Updating to iOS 8 with Your PC or Mac
If you want to update to iOS 8 with your PC or Mac, you need to install the latest version of iTunes first. Once that’s done, connect your device with USB and click on your device in the iTunes menu.
To the right of the window that shows up, you have an option to Check for Updates. Click on it, and then click on Download and Update.
You probably won’t have problems with updating to iOS 8 now. If you do, it’s because your device or computer probably can’t connect to Apple’s servers, or your OS may be out of date. For more information on how to resolve errors, check this official Apple support page.
Please remember that once you update to iOS 8, you’ll have a lot of trouble downgrading it back to iOS 7 (or whatever your iOS version was before). However, iOS 8 seems to be doing okay so far, so it’s probably worth your while to update to it.