The wait is finally over. iOS 8 is here.
Can’t wait to get your filthy paws on it? Read on…
How to get iOS 8
First things first – backup. Ensure your device has successfully backed up to iTunes or iCloud before updating. Successfully being the key word here. It may be advisable to keep multiple backups on different machines. For instructions on how to backup, see our iOS 8 preparation guide here.
There’s a couple of different different means of getting iOS 8. Let’s take a look.
Updating from iOS 7
If you currently have iOS 7 on your device, then Updating to iOS 8 from iOS 7 is achievable in two ways:
– OTA (Over the air)
– iTunes on a Mac or PC
Here’s a bit on each method:
Once the update is available to install on your device over-the-air, you will receive a pop-up notification on your device. If you wish to manually check, connect to Wi-Fi and head over to Settings > General >Software Update. Bear in mind OTA updates may take longer to show up as opposed to updated in iTunes. Once you receive the notification, click download. It is recommended to plug your phone and connected to WiFi as the update may take a while depending on your Wi-Fi connection speed. File size is around 1.4GB.
Note: If you are going to install the update OTA, ensure you have enough free storage on your device as the iOS 8 update requires around 4.6GB or more of storage space to install itself on your device. To check how much free space you have, go to Settings > General > Usage.
There are two types of methods to install the update via iTunes. One is completely through iTunes itself, and the other is to directly download the firmware file and import it into iTunes (more advanced). Here’s a bit on both methods:
iTunes Only Option (Easy)
Firstly, download the latest iTunes version.
Plug your device into iTunes, select it in the left sidebar pane (you may have to enable the sidebar view in View > Show Sidebar), and proceed to the Summary screen. Find the section in the Summary screen of your device where it says something like “Check for update” and “Restore iPhone”
Click “Check for updates“. If the update is available, iTunes will prompt you to download and install it.
iTunes Direct Download Option (More advanced)
If you wish to direct download the firmware file for whatever reason, be it for faster download speeds, if iTunes keeps dropping the download and you would like to use a download manager, or even if the update isn’t showing up for you yet, then you will need to use the direct download links posted over on our Downloads page.
Once you have the appropriate firmware file, follow the tutorial on our [How-to] Install an iOS firmware update file in iTunes page to install it using iTunes.
Updating from iOS 8 Beta/GM Note
If you are on a GM (Golden Master) version of iOS 8, there is no need to update. You are in fact running the latest iOS 8 version released to the public today. Yes, you read that right. Hashes of the GM and public release versions have almost always been identical. iOS 8 should be no different. If we happen to be wrong, we will eat our words and update the article.
Important note for iOS 8 beta users: If you were previously running an iOS 8 beta version then you must update to the latest version using the instructions posted on this page, or face being locked out of your device when the beta expires.
Congratulations, you should now have successfully installed iOS 8 on your iDevice.
If you are experiencing problems with any step above, start a thread over on our forums where we will be more than happy to assist!
The Apple servers are likely to get hammered as the update spreads around the globe, so if it doesn’t work for you, either try again, or try again later.
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