Tips to get ready for iOS 8 Release

iOS 8 logo

Apple will release iOS 8, the biggest iOS release ever, on Wednesday, September 17, and here are some tips to help you get ready for the update, which comes with a number of new features like Interactive Notifications, QuickType, third-party keyboard support, Messages and Siri improvements, and more.


iOS 8 will be available as a free upgrade for the following iOS devices:

  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • Retina iPad mini, 1st gen iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th generation
ios 8 compatiblity

Update to Latest iTunes

Make sure you’ve updated to the latest iTunes version, iTunes 11.4.

Backup your iOS Device:

It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch before updating it with the latest iOS software update. (Note that if you choose to encrypt your backup using iTunes, along with normal data, secure information like passwords etc. are also backed up.)

You can back up your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud.

icloud backup

Jailbreakers and Unlockers:

If you have jailbroken and/or unlocked your iPhone and cannot live without your favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks then it is recommended that you avoid updating to iOS 8, until the evaders or Pangu team releases an iOS 8 jailbreak. There are some signs that Pangu, with unofficial patches, works with iOS 8, but we won’t know for sure until iOS 8 releases.

If you’re not sure what to do, then checkout our post, which gives the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 8 and the comprehensive list of iOS 8 features.

Delete Unused Apps

A major OS upgrade is a good time to think over the apps you have installed, and delete ones that you hardly use. While you can always delete apps from your home screen, another way is to open Settings > Usage and then tap on the app you don’t need and hit “Delete App”.

Free up Space

iOS updates generally require more than 1GB of free space, so if you’re running low on free space on your iPhone or iPad, it might be a good idea to free up some space by deleting unwanted stuff from your device.

Installing iOS 8:

iOS 8 will be available as an update from iTunes as well as an over-the-air update, which allows you to download iOS software updates (just incremental changes) without plugging your iOS device to the computer.

ota update

If you are not planning to upgrade, make sure that you don’t mistakenly agree to install iOS 8.

Jailbreakers, note that if you’ve used Pangu, OTA updates will be disabled, which is good if you plan to hold-off updating, but if do want to upgrade, you’ll have to restore via iTunes.

You can also update your iOS device to iOS 8 using iTunes by plugging it to your computer. If you want to jailbreak your device in the future, it is recommended to update via iTunes. We’ll be publishing direct download links as soon as they’re available.

When will iOS 8 be released

Apple should release iOS 8 at around 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. Apple had released iOS 7 in 2013, iOS 6 in 2012, iOS 5 in 2011 and iOS 4 in 2010 at that time. If you’re wondering what time it will be released in your timezone then we’ve you covered. Check our post if you want to find out what time it may get released in your timezone.

After you’ve followed the steps mentioned above, you should be ready to download and install iOS 8 as soon as it is available and start using the new features in the latest iOS.

Let us know if you’ve any questions.