3 things to do before upgrading to iOS 8

iOS 8 has been available in final version for a few hours and you may be impatient to install it on your terminal. Quite understandable, and you are certainly not the only one in this situation. Quite the contrary, even. The platform's adoption rate has always been good, and the trend is probably not going to be reversed. However, before you jump in, it might be best to check out two or three odds and ends . Just to avoid unpleasant surprises.

It's no secret that iOS 8 brings a number of notable improvements. In the lot, it's obviously impossible not to mention iCloud Drive, or even support for third-party keyboards. And that's without counting HeathKit and HomeKit, of course.

3 Things To Do Before Upgrading To Ios 8

Is this a reason not to take the time to think about it before starting the migration? Of course not, and these three points should help you avoid some disappointments.

1. Check that your iDevice is compatible

The first thing to do is obviously to check if iOS 8 will be able to run correctly on your phone, on your tablet or on your player.

In theory, the platform is compatible with quite a few different terminals. It is thus possible to enjoy it on an iPhone 4s , on an iPhone 5 , on an iPhone 5c , on an iPhone 5s , on an iPhone 6 and on an iPhone 6 Plus , of course, but not only since it will also work. with iPod Touch 5G , with iPad 3 , with iPad 4 , with iPad Air , with iPad Mini and with iPad Mini Retina .

However, if there is one thing to remember, it is that not all of these terminals will be on the same level of performance. If you want to keep a certain fluidity and a correct autonomy, it will be preferable not to install iOS 8 on your iPhone 4s, for example.

Another important point is that not all publishers and all publishers have necessarily updated their various applications. In other words, some of the tools offered on the AppStore may be incompatible with the platform.

2. Back up your files

The second point makes sense, but a reminder can't hurt, especially since all my readers are not necessarily comfortable with their smartphone or tablet.

Whatever happens, before updating your terminal, you must always start by making a backup of its content. This is a very silly rule, but it is important. While Apple has done it pretty well, no one is safe from a bug or even a power outage. Absolutely no one.

There, and two solutions are finally available to you: connect your terminal to iTunes or bet everything on the “cloud” . They are both equal, and nothing prevents you from combining them. As far as I'm concerned, for example, all my contacts are retrieved from Gmail while my photos and videos are automatically sent to my Dropbox as soon as my terminal is connected to a WiFi network.

Otherwise, well there is always iCloud, which works very well and which avoids unpleasant surprises.

3. Make room… or go through iTunes to update your iDevice

The third point is probably the funniest. Or not, for that matter, because everything is ultimately a question of point of view.

If you decide to install iOS 8 OTA (“Over The Air” and therefore directly from the terminal), then the migration tool will ask you to free at least 5 GB of space to start. This isn't much of a problem for those with an iDevice that has 32GB, 64GB, or even 128GB of storage, but it's not the same story if your phone or tablet only packs 16GB of memory. internal.

There is no mystery, it will be necessary to clean up or … go directly through iTunes.

Afterwards, you can also take the opportunity to get rid of all those applications that you have never really used, and lying around on a corner of your iPhone.

If you have any other advice, the comments are there for that!

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