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How to update to iOS 8 on older Apple devices

update to iOS 8 on older Apple devices

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Apple claims the new update from Apple, iOS 8 is a very important. According to company, there are 100’s of new features and new improvements which older devices can benefit significantly. However, there are lot of reports of poor performance after installing the update. For e.g., iPhone 4S users have reported slower performance after installing the update.

Apple devices eligible for iOS 8 upgrade

Here is a list of Apple devices eligible for iOS 8 upgrade

  • Smartphones starting from iPhone 4S and upwards
  • Tablets from iPad 2 and upwards
  • iPod Touch from 5th generation and upwards

Minimum Requirement for installing iOS 8 upgrade

To install the update, you need to have at least 5GB of free space in your device. To check the available free space,

  • Go to Home Screen
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General and then Usage
  • Check for available space under Storage

If there is not enough free space, you need to free up space. If you have lot of pictures, movies or music in your collection, back it up to an external drive or directly upload to cloud services such as iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. Once the backup is completed, remove these files to free up space.

If you use iPhone 4S which is reported to have possibility of slow performance after installing the update, I recommend backing up every information including contact details. Then reset iPhone to original factory settings by wiping out everything. Then install iOS 8 update. The absence of files and conflicting Apps should allow a smooth installation of iOS 8 without any problem and performance reduction.

Install iOS 8 update

  • Connect to Wi-Fi
  • Go to Home Page and open Settings
  • Go to General -> Software Update
  • Tap Update and Install

Follow the onscreen instructions to install the update. After restart, configure the settings and the device is ready to use.

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