How To Upgrade To iOS 8 Right Now

How To Upgrade To iOS 8 Right Now

The official release of iOS 8 isn’t until 17 September , but you can install the final version right now even if you’re not a developer. Here’s how.

Back Up!

Before you upgrade, make sure you back up your device with iTunes. This is the final version of iOS 8, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be without problems. You might need to restore your device, so back up first.

Download iOS 8

The final version of iOS 8 is available to developers right now. Thanks to anonymous public postings (which are likely to be temporary), the rest of us can download it too. If you’re not sure which model you have, check Apple’s site. (CDMA devices aren’t sold in Australia, but we’re including them for completeness.)

Install The Update

To install iOS 8, just follow these instructions:

  1. If there’s a DMG file, open up the disk image (.dmg) and find the iPhone Software Update file (.ipsw) for your device. Drag it to the desktop, or a folder of your choosing. (Windows users will need a tool like 7-Zip to do this, and will need to open the .hfs inside the .dmg as well.)
  2. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, to your computer.
  3. If your device isn’t automatically selected in iTunes, select it and go to the “Summary” tab.
  4. Hold down the option key (OS X) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Restore button. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded, select it, and wait for the update to finish.
  5. If necessary, restore your device from backup and sync with iTunes.


  • I downloaded the iPhone 5 GSM and tried to restore it, but it’s saying my phone is incompatible for the backup. Dont really know what else I can do from here.

  • Although this page says CDMA phones aren’t sold in Australia, mine has the model number A1429 which the Apple site says is “iPhone 5 (GSM and CDMA model)”. It was a replacement last year from the Apple store in Canberra when the original developed a fault.

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