iOS users are now able to upgrade their old iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to the newest iOS 8 officially.  But history has taught us that every big update would probably cause some problems during the process. So before downloading and installing iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you are suggested to take a look at some useful tips regarding iOS 8 update preparations in order to make the upgrading more smoothly.

Things You Must Do Before Upgrading to iOS 8

1. Confirm your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch is able to run iOS 8

Firstly, you must check the compatibility to make sure your iOS device is capable of being updated to iOS 8. According to the official clarification, iOS 8 will be available for the following devices, including: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 2, 3rd and fourth generation iPad, iPad Air, fifth-generation iPod Touch, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini with Retina display.

2. Upgrade your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to the latest version of iOS 7

You should keep in mind that in order to upgrade to iOS 8, your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch be on the latest version of iOS 7. You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for the updates.

3. Make sure your device has enough free storage space

The iOS 8 update requires at least 5.8GB free storage for temporarily storing the download during the update. So you must check how much free space is available on your devices before upgrading to iOS 8. You can do it by tapping Settings > General > Usage.

4. Backup your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to iCloud or iTunes

Last but not least, make a backup of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iCloud or to your computer via iTunes before the update, in case the personal data would be lost if you run into any problems during the update. To backup the iOS devices to iTunes, you should have the latest version of iTunes installed. And for iCloud backup, you’ll need the Wi-Fi connected.


Indeed, you have another choice to backup your device to computer without iTunes or iCloud by using a 3rd-party data backup software, iOS Data Recovery( Unlike the traditional iTunes or iCloud, this program allows you to selectively backup certain kind of data on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and access to them at anytime you like. What’s more, you can also recover any data, such as photos, videos, messages, contacts, notes, etc from your iOS device with this data recovery tool if you accidentally lost them after the iOS 8 update.

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