The Unofficial Guide To Upgrading to iOS 8


Starting today, whether you ask for it or not, you will get a notification on your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch that the free upgrade to iOS 8 is now available for download.

As I write this article, my iPhone 5 and iPad 2 are both updating at the same time.  My iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8 already on it will be in my hot little hands on Friday so I honestly don’t know why, other than curiosity, I am updating my iPhone 5.  But I digress…

When I worked for Verizon Wireless, I got a ton of questions on the proper way to upgrade.  I also got complaints about lost data.  So here is my method of updating which has had a 100% success rate for me.

  • CLEAN IT UP – Now is a good time to ditch those blurry or duplicate photos and videos and texts and apps you keep saying you’re going to get rid of.  This is the fastest way to free up space.  My iPhone 5 required 5 GB of available memory to do the upgrade.  You can find out how much available memory you have on your device by tapping on Settings, then General then About.  I’m assuming different devices will require different amounts of available memory as older devices will not implement as many features of iOS 8 as newer devices will.
  • BACK IT UP – I absolutely cannot stress this enough.  BACK UP YOUR DATA!  Whether you use iCould or iTunes or DropBox or a cardboard box, do it.  Software upgrades do, on rare occasions, cause partial or total data loss.  This will help you keep yours.   And somewhat related to this, have passwords and server settings handy just in case for things like your iTunes account, e-mail accounts and social media profiles you have on your device that are automatically signed in.  This is especially a good idea for people using their devices for work and having e-mail or calendars that require sign-in.  And don’t even try to say “I don’t have a password.”  You do.  You just don’t use it every day.
  • PLUG IT IN – If your battery is at less than 50%, plug in your device or the upgrade will fail.
  • GET IN THE ZONE – Generally, the upgrade won’t happen unless you are in a WiFi area, due to the file download size.
  • BE PATIENT – The download, preparation, and installation will take time and likely reboot your device several times.  This is not like updating a simple app.  So you won’t be able to use your device once the actual installation process begins.  If you need to be reachable, do the upgrade at a more convenient time.

For a closer look at iOS 8, visit Apple’s iOS 8 page.

This is a  basic overview.  If you need more detailed information, about backing up or deleting, leave a comment or reach out to me and I’ll help you any way I can.

Happy upgrading!

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