Apple has released the beta version of its flagship iOS 8 on June 2 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The industry was abuzz with iOS 8 rumors and everyone was wondering when is the iOS 8 update. Now as the OS is released, iPhone and iPad users are super excited and up for installing iOS beta 8.
So how to get the iOS 8 update now? And also what phones can get iOS 8? To download and install iOS 8, you need to follow a step by step guide, which we’ll help you with in this article. We could understand you are dying to upgrade to iOS 8 free. Don’t worry, we are here to help you.
The first thing you need to do is to take backup of your device. Remember, beta version means the OS is under construction. There could be plenty of bugs in it and you may end up losing your valuable data if you don’t take full backup of all your files and folders.
If you are a developer, you can easily download the beta by visiting Apple’s dev center. Once you land on the website, sign into your account and lock down your copy.
However, not everyone is a techie and opening a developer account for apple costs $99. Why would you pay this money when you can download the beta without having a developer account. To install iOS 8 beta, you don’t necessarily need to be a developer. What you need is developer slots. Slots are allowances; every Apple developer can register 100 devices for the beta version release of a certain version of iOS. If you get his slots, you could download the beta version.
Besides, if you have asked anyone how do I update my phone to iOS 8 now and got the reply it’s not possible without knowledge in coding, you’ve asked the wrong person. You don’t need to know how to code in order to install iOS beta 8 to your device. Because luckily for you there are UDID sites. The acronym UDID stands for Unique Device Identifier.
UDID sites sell developer slots to those who don’t have developer account. The advantage? You’ll get what originally costs $99 at a throwaway price of $5 or $6. But how to identify a device’s UDID? For that you need to Connect your iPhone to a computer via USB. Then you need to open iTunes, go to the iPhone page, and click on the serial number to get your UDID.
Once you get your device’s UDID, register with a UDID site like this site. Wait till you receive confirmation. Then update iTunes to latest version and connect your iPhone to a desktop computer through a USB. Next you need to download the iOS beta for your device. Then open iTunes and click on Restore to upgrade to iOS 8 beta. If you are using a Mac computer, press alt/option while clicking on Restore and if you are using Windows, press Shift. The downloaded file will have .ipsw extension. Find it and click on it to finish the installation.
Now let us answer the second question, which phones are the contenders for iOS 8 download. Among iPhones, the ones that are not compatible with iOS 8 beta are iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone. iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and 5C are all compatible. Barring the oldest version of iPad, all other installments such as iPad Air, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Mini with Retina Display (4th gen), iPad Mini with Retina Display (3rd gen), iPad Mini and iPad 2 are compatible with the update.