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Should I Upgrade to iOS 8? 6 Things to Know Before Updating to iOS 8

Jun 14, 2016 11:47 am / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iOS 8 Tips
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iOS 8 has been available for update for some time. With new keyboards, HealthKit, Family Sharing so many other shinning features. However, there are also all sorts of problems according to those who have already take initiatives to update to iOS 8, including iPhone slow down after iOS 8 update and iPhone blue screen. To make iOS 8 update more smoothly, there are a few things you should know beforehand.

Are You Eligible: iOS 8 Compatible Devices

Not everyone is eligible to install iOS 8 on their iPhone or iPad. More specifically, Apple usually limits mobile operating system updates to newer devices. The list below is iOS 8 compatible devices.

iPhone iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE,iPhone 7,iPhone 7 Plus
iPad iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad 2, The New iPad, iPad with Retina display
iPod touch The 5th generation of iPod

Wait for New Update if You Have an Old Device

If you have a relatively older device such as an iPhone 4S or the original iPad Mini, it would make sense to wait for a while. Last year, a number of iPhone 4 users had complained of sluggish user experience after the iOS 7 update. Apple has later released an update to fix the issue. As you can see, it's better to hold off for iOS update until a new update arrives and fixes some bugs.

Backup Photos, Contacts, Messages and More

Back up your data in iCloud or to your computer, manually. With the recent news of iCloud vulnerabilities and the celebrity nude photo hack, you may be worried about storing everything there. In this case you could use iPhone Data Recovery to backup all messages, photos, videos, contacts, notes, etc. to your local computer.

backup before update to ios 8

Make Room for iOS 8.2/8.1/8

The total software update of iOS 8 requires 3GB to 5GB free space. This means if you don't have enough space, you will need to get rid of some files and make room for the new update. Here are a few tips for you to make room for iOS 8.

For more detailed information, check the post How to Increase iPhone, iPad, iPod Storage and Make Room for iOS 8.

Update Installed Apps

You can update apps manually through the App Store on your device by tapping Update All (or Update for each app that has an available update). You can also setup automatic app updates: go to iTunes and App Store under Settings, then select Automatic Downloads, and toggle on the Updates option.

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How to Update to iOS 8.2/8.1/8

The easiest way to install iOS 8 is wirelessly (over the air). Simply go to Settings > Software Update. Then tap Download and tap Install once the download finishes. Make sure your device is connected to both Wi-Fi and a power source during the whole process.

Alternatively, if you want to update with iTunes, you can install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, then plug in your device to your computer, and select your device from iTunes. In the Summary pane, click Check for Update, then Download, and Update. And that's it.

We'll keep you updated with more iOS 8 news and even with the latest iOS 10. All the update will be available on our iOS 8 page. Just feel free to check for whatever that interests you.

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