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How To Directly Update iOS 8.0 Using iTunes Software & Computer

Last updated: August 28, 2015 at 22:50 pm

Update 28th August, 2015: This guide is valid for every iOS 8 firmware including iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4, and iOS 8.4.1.

In this how-to tutorial guide you will learn how to update your Apple device to the latest iOS 8.0 firmware. First, we will quickly explain you the iOS 8 installation process, then share with you a list of devices we used, and finally reveal the exact steps you should know for safely installing and updating to iOS 8 via Apple iTunes software.

Summary of the technique: We will connect our device to a computer and use Apple iTunes to directly update from iOS 7 to iOS 8 firmware. This method requires very little manual work as iTunes will automatically do the complete downloading and installing of iOS 8 for you.

Apple devices we used for test install of iOS 8:

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 4s

Apple devices compatible with this installation technique:

  • iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s
  • iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad mini and iPad Air
  • iPod Touch 5G


  • Apple device (any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch from the above list)
  • USB cable to connect device to your computer
  • Apple iTunes player (preferably latest version)
  • Computer (preferably with Windows or Mac operating system)
  • Stable Internet connection

Time: 2 hours maximum (depending on your Internet speed)

Complete Instructions On How To Update iOS 8 Using iTunes Player

Before we begin with the actual process, it is important to check your iTunes player version. Running an old iTunes player does not always cause problems, but you will be on the safer side if you have the right version installed.

Here are the steps to make sure you have the latest iTunes running on your Windows or Mac computer:

Step 1: Open iTunes player
Step 2: Go to File -> About iTunes
Step 3: If you have iTunes 11.4, skip to the next section
Step 4: If you have an older iTunes player, go to iTunes menu
Step 5: Select “Check For Updates”

iTunes will connect to the Apple server to check for the latest update. Here is an example of how we upgraded our iTunes player from iTunes 11.2 to iTunes 11.4:


Alternately, you can also download the DMG or EXE file of iTunes to locally setup the player on your computer. Having the latest iTunes player is the first step to correctly update to iOS 8.0 firmware. After you have confirmed the iTunes version, next step is to start the installation process:

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer via USB cable
Step 2: Launch the latest iTunes player
Step 3: Wait for the iOS update window to appear.
Step 4: Click “Download and Update”


Here’s what happens: Whenever you connect your Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to your computer, iTunes will automatically sync the data and look for the new software update. In this case, iTunes looks for iOS 8 update.

Here’s the message written on the window: “A new iPhone software version (8.0) is available for the iPhone “Admin iPhone”. Would you like to download it and update your iPhone now? iTunes will verify the software update with Apple.”

Clicking on “Download and Update” will force iTunes to download the right file for your device and install it when the download completes. You have to do zero work here, as the process is completely handled by iTunes.

You don’t see a window? No problem. You can go inside the iTunes player and check for the iOS 8 update. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer via USB cable
Step 2: Select your device from the left sidebar in iTunes
Step 3: Click on “Check For Update” button or “Update” button
Step 4: New window will pop up. Select “Download and Update”


What’s happening here? In this installation process, you are manually requesting iTunes to look for the new iOS software upgrade. Right after clicking “Check For Update” button from step 3, iTunes will connect to Apple’s server and search for iOS 8 update. If your device is up-to-date, you will see a message: “Your iPhone software is up to date. iTunes will automatically check for an update on [date].

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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