Apple iOS 8 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: How to install

Apple has made iOS 8 available to the public, bringing with it a huge number of updates and new features for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Announced back in June and made available to developers soon after, this is the first time regular users can get their hands on iOS 8, which can be downloaded from Apple now and installed to all compatible devices.

How to update to iOS 8

To find out if your device is compatible for the iOS 8 update, visit our compatibility guide here.

To download iOS 8 simply go to the Settings app of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then General and Software Update. It may not be available for everyone just yet, but keep trying and the update will eventually be found by your handset.

Before downloading, however, make sure you back backed up to iCloud or your computer recently, and that you have enough storage space - you’ll need around 3GB, so you may need to temporarily delete some films, magazines and other large files. These can be re-downloaded when the update has finished installing.

As major iOS updates are often incredibly popular, it’s usually worth holding off on downloading until at least tomorrow morning. Right now Apple’s servers will be taking a beating from users the world over trying to get their hands on iOS 8. Things should have quietened down by the morning.


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