iOS 8 will be released today, discussed here ,so it might be a good idea to get your device(s) ready for updating? To make the updating process as easy as possible when it is released to the public there are some simple steps to take.

Step 1

Check that your device(s) will be suitable for updating.

Apple have provided a handy list of compatible devices here

iOS Compatible Devices

But even though, for example, the iPhone 4s is listed as being compatible, it might be wise to weigh up the pros and cons for installing the update! My own experience is that installing a major update on an ‘older’ device can result in adverse performance but if you just have to have the newest features then so be it! But perhaps wait a few weeks, read up on how other 4s users are faring after updating? Might be easier than trying to go back to iOs 7.1.2 after all 🙂

Step 2

Make sure you are running the latest version of iOS 7.

Go to Settings, then tap General, then Software Update.

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Step 3

Get Rid Of Unused Apps & Update Remaining Apps.

Before a major update its always a good idea to delete those apps that have been lurking unused on page 3-4-5….

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Once you have cleaned up the rubbish check for updates to the remaining apps. Some developers release updates close to iOS major updates to ensure their apps are compatible and work immediately.

Step 4

Free Up Storage Space.

iOS 7 was 700MB in size but in effect users needed at least 3GB of free space for installation! Once the installer file is downloaded it needs additional room for it when it opens it up and starts moving all the parts into place. Delete any videos in the Videos app, this will open up lots of space, depending of course on the amount of videos you have, you can always re download these videos from backups (see Step 5). Also a very big memory hog are those photos in iMessage. It can be worth ones while going thru messages, save any photos that are worth keeping to camera roll then delete them from iMessage, better still delete the old messages also. Another way to free up space can be to check the camera roll for duplicate pictures. If like myself you prefer to take photos using HDR mode, you may unwittingly be keeping a copy of the normal photo also. Delete these and then to prevent duplicates go to Settings-Photos & Camera and toggle Keep Normal photo to “Off”.

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Step 5

The most important step. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!

Back up your device(s).When iOS 8 is released to the general public just wait for the deluge of “I tried to download the update and now my iPhone-iPad-iPod touch is bricked,frozen,unresponsive” posts.

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These updates don’t always run smoothly so its always best to be prepared. This insures that if something goes wrong, you can easily get everything back to normal again. Backing up is arguably the single most important thing you can do to prepare for any iOS upgrade, so do not skip this. The best way to backup your iOS device is by connecting it to iTunes on your Mac or PC. Select your device from the source list in iTunes and then click the Summary tab. Under “Backups” select “This computer” and then click the “Back Up Now” button.

 

If you have followed these steps you will be ready to update for the next incarnation of Appledom, but if you run into any trouble on release date just contact us on Twitter , Facebook , Google+ or post a comment and we’ll endeavour to get you sorted asap.