Upgrading to iOS 8: A Step by Step Walkthrough

Today is iOS 8 release day and I put together a walk through to help you see the entire process so you know what to expect every step along the way. For those of you that are looking at upgrading right away there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure you know your devices is eligible for the upgrade. The chart below gives a picture of which devices are eligible for the update.


Once you know your device is eligible, you will want to make sure you have a back up of your iOS device just in case something goes wrong with the update. You can either create a back up over the air and storing it on iCloud or by connecting your device to iTunes and storing the back up on your Mac or PC. I cover how to do this in the tutorial below.

Once you have your backup all set, you can start the update by going to Settings-General-Software Update. It may take a while to download the update and you need to make sure you have at least 5.7 GB of space on your device. If you do not, I cover how to make space for the update in the screencast below.

I found the update to take a couple of hours because I did it on launch day. You will probably be able to do so in much less time. Once you have updated your device you won’t notice much of a change on the surface but there are many innovations and improvements that will make iOS 8 a joy to work with. I’ll probably do a future screencast that goes over some of these changes.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or on my
Youtube Channel and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

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