Install iOS 8 on your iPhone 5S

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Apple has just released its iOS annual update- the eighth generation of its operating system for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Users can now download it directly from iPad or iPhone or officially through iTunes. If you own an Apple iPhone 5S, the update and download process is pretty easy, though there are some vital aspects to be kept in mind before downloading iOS 8. This guide will walk you through the entire process without any fuss.

Take a Backup and Make Adequate Free Space

Before updating your iPhone 5S, ensure to update the iTunes version to the latest following which you need to back up your gadget. To do an update directly to your iPhone, a free space of 5.7GB is needed for installing the new OS update.  If your device has just 16GB, the free space may not be enough in which case you may have to clear the space or get the update via iTunes as it doesn’t need so much free space.

Updating to iOS 8 Officially

It’s easy to update iOS by just plugging your device into your computer, opening iTunes, and navigating to the Summary tab, and clicking Update. Following this, the download will begin. Since the servers of Apple get hammered, the download may happen slowly. This is why many prefer downloading the unofficial edition.

How to Download iOS8 Unofficially?

To get an unofficial copy of iOS 8, you will require downloading the suitable iOS 8 Gold Master (GM) for your gadget. If you are very much concerned, you may have to opt for official edition since this is just an unofficial version. After getting iOS 8 GM for your iPhone 5S, here’s what you need to do:

  • Extract the downloaded file and ensure there’s a file ending with .ispw (ex: iPad2,1_7.0.4_11B554a_Restore.ipsw). People who use Windows may have to utilize a utility such as 7zip for extracting the file.
  • Then, open iTunes and link your device. Navigate to Summary.
  • Press down the Shift (Windows) or Option button (OS X) and select the Restore tag. Find the file with .ispw extension that you extracted.
  • Wait for the update to process and complete.

Though there shouldn’t be any problems, just in case the process of updating fails to complete, you may need to go to the DFU mode to restore your iPhone from a backup.

If the process finishes successfully, you’ll get to experience using the new iOS 8 on your iPhone. A major part of the new update is mostly like iOS7, though there are several new features and tweaks that you’ll find after starting to use it. This upgrade is available to most of the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone owners.

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