Apple device users need to prepare for the iOS 8 public release today way ahead of time. While most won’t bother, we’d recommend you plan ahead to avoid any problems when trying to download and lose important information thanks to not backing up or following a simple update process. Now we have reached September 17th, it’s time to get ready for the iOS 8 release right now.
In some cases users might have no storage space left and will need to free up space in order to avoid problems when installing iOS 8. This would obviously mean removing apps you don’t use anymore, deleting old files, and maybe even updating the apps you use everyday ahead of time to avoid possible compatibility issues.
First Stop: Is my device compatible with iOS 8? Before getting into preparation, you should make sure you aren’t wasting your time with a device that cannot be updated to iOS 8 thanks to it not appearing on the compatibility chart. You can see one such list below that offers a great visual list to see right away if your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is supported.
Update all apps – you will want to make sure all applications have been updated just in case developers found bugs when testing iOS 8 in beta form, so this will stop you finding any crashing with apps in iOS 8 that have already been fixed. It’s also true that some problems might still be found that have no fix yet, but this will change in the coming days after the public release today.
Back up your data – this could be seen as the most important thing to do, especially considering our photos, phone numbers, documents, and other data can be very important or personal. Make sure you take time to backup all your device data through iTunes and any other methods you use before updating to iOS 8. You can do this over Wi-Fi, but considering this is a major update most of you might prefer to connect directly to iTunes just to make sure.
Free up storage space if you install a lot – most users will have plenty of space left to install iOS 8 without any problems, but we also know there will be Product Reviews readers that have almost no storage space left. For these people, make sure you backup your data first and then start deleting what you don’t use and make sure you aim for at least 1GB of free space before the iOS 8 upgrade.
You can find out exactly what’s using all the space by heading to Usage, which is inside Settings > General. This process can take a while on both iPad and iPhone, but make sure you do it if you are low on space.
Time to install iOS 8 – once you have done the steps above and made sure everything is backed up, or updated, then it’s time to get ready for the launch today. You can expect the iOS 8 public release time to be around 10AM PST and 6PM UK, although be ready for download problems if you want to be one of the first, unless you really do get there before the majority then the download might not be slow.
If there’s any other tips you have for other readers about installing the new major update, then feel free to share in the comments.