Apple has recently released a new version of their mobile phone operating system iOS, called iOS 8. It is available for the wide range of Apple phones. Many of their customers expressed satisfaction with this new piece of software, although some owners of the older models of phones claim it has slowed down their systems significantly.

If you are a proud owner of a supported Apple phone, you will certainly find it difficult to resist the temptation to update your device with the newest version of its operating system. Exactly there the problems arise, which we will try to explain and solve in this article.

Downloaded update files for the new version, iOS8, are not very large by itself, but the software needs more than 5 GB of space to install, probably because of the need to minimize risk of making an unsuccessful update.

It can quickly become a problem if you have a device with, say, 16 GB of storage capacity – if you filled your device with your content, you fill find that you lack the required space on the phone.

iOS 8 Needs 5GB - What to do?

There are two basic ways to tackle this problem:

1. The first way is the official one, recommended by Apple: By going this route, you have to back up the data on your iPhone either via iCloud or via iTunes. Using iCloud is probably the more difficult option, since it limits your backup to 5GB in size and is only possible if you have a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection, while by using iTunes, you can use your computer’s abundant storage to store your data instead

To back up your data using iCloud:

  • Enter Settings, then choose “iCloud”
  • In the iCloud menu, select all the types of content that you want to back up
  • Finally, tap “Back Up Now”. A password might be necessary to start the process.

To back up your data using iTunes:

  • Connect your device to the computer
  • Open iTunes
  • Click on the icon representing your device, then on the “Summary” tab
  • In the lower part of the windows, under “Backups”, click “Back Up Now”

Before updating, if your storage space is insufficient even after performing backup and deleting the relevant content on your phone, you may also have to delete your phone apps – this is no big deal, since they can be re-installed later. Even if you don’t touch them, you might find some on them won’t work on the new iOS version.

So after backing up your data:

  • Go to “Settings”, then “General”, then “Usage”, choose the categories to delete stuff that you backed up
  • Choose “General”, then “Software Update”
  • Tap “Download and Install”

2. Fortunately, there is a second way if you don’t want to remove stuff from your phone. Even in this case it is good to make a backup, preferably with iTunes, in case something goes wrong, but it is not mandatory as it is in the previous method. You will still need some space on the phone, but not nearly as much as if you did it the First way ( by using OTA (over-the-air)) update method.

This method is very simple:

  • Optionally back up your phone using the previously described method
  • Fire up the iTunes program
  • Connect the device to your computer
  • Click on the icon of your device, then on the “Summary” tab
  • On this screen, click “Check for update”
  • Click “Download and install” after an update is found. By now, the only thing left is accepting the license agreement and clicking to proceed, until the process starts, after the process is over, your phone will be updated.

Good luck with the updating, and enjoy your newly updated iDevice!

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