The newest release to Apple’s iOS will be rolling out any time now and we want to make sure you are set for when it does.
Can I upgrade?
This is the question that you will need to answer first and to help you out, here is the list of compatible devices:
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPod touch 5th generation
- iPad 2
- iPad with Retina display
- iPad Air
- iPad mini
- iPad mini with Retina display
Note: Make sure you are plugged in and that your battery is fully charged.
Don’t Enable iCloud Drive When You Upgrade to iOS 8 Yet
I put this first so you are aware before doing anything else as this is important. If you accidentally upgrade, there is no going back and you will not be able to sync your iCloud documents with your Mac until OS X Yosemite debuts later this fall.
Apple is pushing it hard but iCloud Drive is only compatible with iOS devices running iOS 8 and Macs running OS X Yosemite, which is not yet available. What does that mean for you?
“As OS X Yosemite is still pre-release (and not yet available) upgrading to iCloud Drive will prevent you from syncing with Clear for Mac until both OS X Yosemite is released and you upgrade to OS X Yosemite. Developers cannot work around the choice made when upgrading to iOS 8, so please make sure you pay close attention to the iCloud Drive screen shown after you update to iOS 8.”
– Nick Fletcher of Realmac Software
After updating to iOS 8, one of the steps in the setup process will ask whether you want to enable iCloud Drive, at which point you should select “Not now.”
Later, once Yosemite is available you can enable iCloud Drive from the main settings menu in iOS by going to Settings ⇒ iCloud ⇒ iCloud Drive. At this point, the actual syncing process may take some time, Fletcher said, as Apple will have to move your data to new servers.
Clean up the crud
Over time we’ve installed apps that we no longer use. Now could be a good time to clean up your system to reduce the number of apps that could cause problems for you. Not to mention backing up your device will go faster. To remove an app simply press and hold any icon on the screen until the icons start wiggle with an x in the top left corner click that x on each app you want to remove and then confirm. You can also do it by going to the app system setting where you can also see what’s using up the most space Settings ⇒ General ⇒ Usage ⇒ Show All Apps
Backing it up
The most important part of prepping for an upgrade. You can use iTunes of iCloud. iTunes allows you to recover your device in the event of a crash or failed upgrade so I’d suggest doing that either way, even if just a fail safe for this one time.
iCloud backs up photos and videos in your Camera Roll, various device settings, your app data, the organization of your home screens, iMessage and text messages, ringtones and Visual Voicemail. To turn on iCloud go to Settings ⇒ iCloud ⇒ Storage ⇒ Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to ON. If you backup with iTunes, use the encrypted option. That way it will also back up the username/passwords you’ve saved on your device.
Checking for the update
Once you get your device ready you can feel free to update. Keep in mind, nothing is guaranteed to work flawlessly which is why we got ready but even that is not guarantee. To update, go to Settings ⇒ General ⇒ Software Update then follow the instructions.
Things to remember
- Most apps will work, but the full experience won’t land just yet
- Upgrading will kill your jailbreak. A new one could take a while
- Early adopters may experience a few bugs, quirks, and hiccups
- Using a work phone? Your IT department might not be ready
- Older devices aren’t fully equipped, may experience slowness
- Downgrading can be tricky, if not impossible
You can apply for Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta program and update your Mac to the beta version of OS X Yosemite as well.
Let us know how it goes and what you think about the update.