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iOS 8 Installation

Last updated: September 19, 2014 at 5:31 am


If you are looking for a beginner’s manual or guide to install iOS 8.0 firmware on your Apple devices, then you have come to the right place.

In this installation guide, we will take you back to the iOS 8 history, then share various iOS 8 installation methods we use, and finally reveal to you the best ways to download and install iOS 8 firmware on your Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch.

Use the Table Of Content to navigate and find information that is relevant to you. If you have never installed or upgraded iOS 8 firmware before, then we recommend that you read this guide completely.

Table of Content

All the methods shared below are safe and tested by us. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone (GSM or CDMA model), iPad, or iPod Touch. As long as you have a device that is compatible with iOS 8, you can use this guide as a reference to learn more about iOS 8 firmware and its installation process. Let’s get started? Great!

Introduction to iOS 8

History of iOS 8

Apple iOS 8 is the most anticipated operating system in the mobile industry. And there’s a reason for this. Before we explain these reasons, let’s first look at the history of iOS 8. Why? This will give you a general overview of where iOS 8 stands today.

Apple released iOS 8 betas in the month of June. Since then, every two weeks we saw a new beta update. For example, iOS 8 beta 1 was launched. Next beta 2, beta 3, and so on were released as updates for iOS developers. The final beta update was iOS 8 beta 6.

By paying and registering UDID, even non-developers were able to install these iOS 8 betas on their iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. Result? Satisfaction and a little bit of pain. We experienced iOS 8 beta 2 on our iPhone 16GB model, and we really thought it was a terrible OS. Apps crashed, device got stuck, and games stopped responding. That’s the price we were willing to pay to experience iOS 8.

After betas, Apple released GM version. Apple iOS 8 GM (Gold Master) is close to the stable iOS 8 firmware, but it was made available only for carrier networks and developers.

On September 17th, the final iOS 8 version was released. More details here: iOS 8 stable firmwares.

Testing iOS 8

Initially, Apple released a list of iOS 8 features. Most of these features were broken on the beta firmwares. With every update, however, problems were fixed and more new features were introduced. In our extensive test, we have found out two qualities about iOS 8:

  • It focuses on features rather than design
  • It performs better than iOS 7 and iOS 6 firmware

Here is a quick rundown of the new features available in iOS 8:

  • Interactive notifications
  • New Photos app with built-in editing tool
  • Messages app with location sharing option
  • Smart keyboard and support for third-party keyboards
  • Family Sharing option that lets you share purchases for free
  • New iCloud Drive update with more storage option
  • Health and fitness apps
  • Seamless integration with Mac OSX
  • Spotlight search expanded

Prepare To Upgrade

Finalizing Decision to Upgrade

Before you begin to install iOS 8 firmware, you have to first prepare yourself.

This may sound silly, but it is equally important to understand that once you chose to install iOS 8 on your device, there is no looking back.

Apple signs firmware for every install. If Apple stops signing firmwares, you will never be able to downgrade to earlier iOS version. Want us to simplify this further?

Here is an example: Let’s say that you have upgraded your device from iOS 7.1.2 firmware to iOS 8 firmware. For some reason you like iOS 7 better than iOS 8 firmware. In order to reinstall old firmware, you have to make sure that Apple is “approving” or “signing” the old firmware. At the time of writing this article, only iOS 7.1.2 is signed.

What does that mean? You can always upgrade and downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2 firmware on your iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. Until Apple decides to close the signing window. And when they do, you will be stuck with a firmware you probably don’t want.

Remember this fact: Apple stops signing firmware after every new update.

The bitter truth is that you will never know if you are ready to install iOS 8 firmware on your iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4, iPad 2 and over, or iPod Touch devices. Just make sure that you have enough time to devote for this software update, and you are willing to face new things in life.

Follow This iOS 8 Checklist

Just like a skilled karate teacher shows the right moves to his students, it’s our responsibility to explain and prepare you for upgrading to iOS 8 firmware. The first step is to make sure you follow this simple checklist:

  1. Make sure your device is compatible with iOS 8
  2. iOS 8 is a massive update, so make enough room for iOS 8 installation
  3. Back up everything on your computer or iCloud using iTunes player
  4. Check Internet connection (WiFi, LTE, 4G, 3G, broadband, etc)
  5. Get a computer or laptop with iTunes player (optional)
  6. Make some free time out of your busy schedule
  7. Relax – it’s just a software update

How To Install iOS 8

Three Safe Installation Methods

Finally. Now you can install iOS 8 firmware in three easy ways.

Method #1: Directly Update iOS 8.0 Using iTunes

How it works: You will use iTunes player to connect with the Apple server and get the iOS 8 update installed on your device. This method requires your Apple device, a computer and the latest iTunes player.

See more: Directly Update iOS 8.0 Using iTunes

Method #2: Download And Install IPSW Files of iOS 8.0

How it works: Based on the model number of your device, you will download and save the appropriate IPSW file on your computer. Next, you will install this IPSW files via Apple iTunes.

See more: Download And Install IPSW Files of iOS 8.0

Method #3: Upgrade iOS 8.0 Wirelessly (OTA) From Your Device

How it works: You will update from iOS 7.x firmware to iOS 8 without using any computer or iTunes player. The whole process requires a steady Internet connection and lots of free storage space in your Apple device.

See more: Upgrade iOS 8.0 Wirelessly (OTA) From Your Device

Note: Not sure which method is for you? We have written an exclusive guide to help you find the perfect iOS 8 installation method. Read the article here: Best iOS 8 Installation Method Revealed

When Installation Goes Wrong

What if anything goes wrong in the middle of the installation process? Well, after installing iOS 8 on multiple devices, we now believe in this simple mantra: It’s OK to have problems!

Just remember: You may face a couple of issues initially, but all of them can be fixed. If not, a new iOS update (like iOS 8.0.1 or 8.1) will permanently fix majority of the issues. For your convenience, we have listed all the problems (even the unusual ones) along with the solutions on our iOS 8 Problems page.

Final Thoughts

Often times, having a device with sufficient storage space and a fast Internet connection is enough to update to a new firmware. If you pick the right installation method, upgrading your current device from iOS 7.x firmware to iOS 8 firmware is a breeze.

We always loved the challenge associated with the iOS installation process. From a bird’s eye view, it looks very simple. In reality, installing iOS 8 is really simple. It just takes a little bit of practice and you will “get used” to it quickly.

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Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware