iOS 8 is upon us. Some time midday Wednesday, that little red icon will appear on your Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod; letting you know an update is waiting. This important event must be planned for accordingly and analyzed carefully once executed.
With that in mind, please work your way through our pre and post update checklist so that you can enjoy iOS 8 Day to the fullest.
Backup, Backup, Backup
We have been encouraging our readers to take advantage of iCloud backup since iOS 5. It is simply the best way to preserve your data from loss and prevent yet another social media status update proclaiming “Got a new phone. Text me your number!” It also makes it a breeze to set up a new device.
In the spirit of the Internet, we will simply redirect you to a comprehensive source for backing up your iDevice instead of doing the work ourselves. Whether using iCloud (you should) or syncing manually to your computer, preserving your contacts, calendars, texts, game data, photos, documents, etc. is vital before updating to a new operating system. (This is from last year’s iOS 7 update, but it’s the same process)
Visit our friends at 9to5mac for a thorough walk through of backing up your device.
iOS updates take space. And let’s face it, you have piles of pictures, vines, and animated gifs cluttering your device. It may be time to sift through that camera roll and delete all the pictures of the back of your hand. Pay attention to text messages as well. Images and Gifs sent via text take up quite a bit of space.
A good purge is healthy every once in a while. Make tonight the night. Plug your phone into your computer to expedite the process. You can copy all of your photos to your computer and delete them from you phone in a matter of minutes.
Hurry Up and Wait
Now it’s time to anxiously await that notification to come in. Instead of staring at your device non stop until that blessed moment (guilty), make sure you are connected to a good strong wifi or plugged in to your computer via your USB cord. Any interruption during the updating process can lead to a mess that even tech savvy people dread.
When that icon does appear, tap on your Settings app, then General, then Software Update. You’re now a click and a wait away from a brand new phone.
Take a Deep Breath and Dive In
This is going to be fun and frustrating. Many things you are familiar with on your iDevice will be different. But it’s worth exploring. To ease the pain, take 20 minutes to view Apple’s introduction of iOS 8. Not all features will be available Wednesday (those involving your Mac) but will work soon.
With any new overhaul, some third part apps won’t work like you remember. In some cases they may be non functional until the developer pushes the update to the App Store (did we mention your Apps update automatically now?). Be patient as developers update their apps. And in the meantime, if you absolutely can’t function at work or school without a certain app, check to see that it is updated in the App Store before transitioning to the new operating system.
Good Luck! And Happy iOS Day!