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How to upgrade to iOS 8 (and downgrade to iOS 7 if you regret it)

Christopher Breen | Sept. 18, 2014
As summer winds down and autumn kicks in, it's time for another iOS update. And, just as predictably, a lot of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners will want to make the leap from the previous operating system to the new one. If tradition holds, Apple will release iOS 8 at around 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, and when it does, this guide will show you the way.

And in the end

We've covered every installation angle for you and, because we have, it may sound like you have a lot to do. In truth, it's not that complicated. For safety's sake you should always have a backup. But once you do, it's a simple matter to jack your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a power source; ensure that you're connected to a Wi-Fi network, access Software Update; and install iOS 8 over the air. Depending on the speed of your broadband network your device should be running the latest version of iOS in well under an hour.


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