In just 5 days iOS 8 will be released so it’s time to start looking at getting your iOS device ready for it. The following tips will help to make sure your upgrade goes off smoothly:
iOS Device Compatibility :
First, make sure your iPhone, iPod or iPad is compatible with the upgrade. Anything that is recent will run the new firmware OK but older models may not. Check on this list to see if your device is compatible.
Get Rid of Unused Apps
No doubt you have apps on your device that you downloaded, don’t use and just never got round to deleting. Now is a good time to do that and it’s very easy to do:
- Tap and hold on the icon for any app you want to delete
- When it starts wobbling, click the cross in the corner
Make Space for iOS 8
The upgrade will need around 3 GB of free space on your device. It doesn’t take up that much but it needs it during the download. If you have insufficient space, a warning will appear on the screen before you download. Save some time now and go through everything on your device, getting rid of anything you don’t need.
Star with your media files – photos, videos, music etc. can all be stored on iCloud or on an external device for now. Delete duplicates and any piece of media you no longer want. Next, check everything else:
- Open Settings > General > Usage > Storage
- This is a list of all apps and files that are using space. Go through it and delete what you don’t need.
Update to iOS 7.1.2
When you are upgrading to a new firmware version its best to have the latest version to start with. If you haven’t already, update to iOS 7.1.2 – full details here.
Update Remaining Apps
Make sure all your apps are updated to the latest version – some developers make changes to ensure their apps are compatible with new firmware upgrades. If you have the Automatic Updates option on iOS 7 enabled you don’t need to worry but, if not, go into iTunes and update each app individually.
Take a Back Up
This is important and you must do it before you upgrade:
- Connect your device and PC together and launch iTunes
- In Device Summary go down to the Back Up Section and click on Backup Now
You can also back up to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup on your iOS device.
With all that done, your device is now ready to receive iOS 8 on September 17th.