Five Tips to Ready Your iPhone and iPad for iOS 8 Update


iOS 8 release is just a matter of time now. Very soon we’re going to get our hands on the upcoming version of iOS. But is your iPhone or iPad ready for the update? Apple normally releases a new OS just couple of days before the launch of a new iPhone.

However, it’s not easy to install a new OS on your handset. You need to know beforehand how the installing process can be carried out smoothly.

Five Tips to Ready Your iPhone and iPad for iOS 8 Update

In this article, we share with you a to-do list so you could download the new OS and install it on your iPhone/iPad seamlessly.

Can your device run iOS 8?

An older iPhone and iPad may not be able to run iOS 8. You need to check that out. To make it worse, Apple’s habit is to cancel oldest and lowest-supported devices from being a candidate of new iOS 8 update. For example, it has been already been announced that iPhone 4 won’t get iOS 8 support. The list of all devices that will support iOS 8 is below;

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd and 4th generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPod Touch 5th-generation
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini with Retina display

iOS devices other than the ones mentioned above will not get iOS 8 support.

The storage space should be free

So far only the beta versions of iOS 8 have been released. The gold master version is yet to release, and that’s why it’s not possible at this moment to know its actual size. When iOS 7 was released, its size was 700MB. Users however needed to free up 3GB of storage space because the sub-1GB installer file also need to be downloaded and it will require extra space to open up the file and move all parts into the place.

When you are downloading and installing iOS 8, it’s recommended to free up to 5GB of storage. If you are confused which files are to delete, delete the flimsy ones like movies, songs, etc.

Your device should run updated iOS 7

If your device doesn’t run the latest iOS 7, you’ll have problem installing iOS 8. So if you haven’t yet updated your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to iOS 7, do it now. Remember there are several versions of iOS 7, and your device needs to run the latest one. The absolute latest iOS version is iOS 7.1.2. To update your device, go to Settings, then tap General and then Software Update.

Apps should be updated

Not only your operating system, your apps should also be updated. The latest version of any application has adjusted bits of code so data-loss doesn’t result in during an upgrade to the latest version of the OS. Apart from that, latest version of an app is normally optimized for the upgraded OS.

Take backup of your device

You must take backup of your iOS device prior to upgrading it to the iOS 8. You’ll go through some technical steps and may lose data. To backup the device, plug it into iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac. You’ll then need to identify your device from iTunes source list and click on the Summary tab. Under the ‘Backup’ section you’ll find ‘This Computer’. Select it and then click on ‘Backup now button’. That way, all your files will be saved.


The five steps mentioned above are essential if you want to upgrade to the latest iOS with ease. Many a times, users find glitch when they are halfway way through the upgradation process and end up losing their data. Make sure you are not one of them by following the five steps above.