Setup and Security Tips for Apple’s iOS 8

With iOS 8 now available as a free upgrade for many iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you take the plunge. First, make sure your device is eligible for the update. Here's of the list of devices covered: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.

Second, back up your data, preferably using iTunes. After plugging your device into your PC or Mac, open iTunes, click the name of your device when it appears on the top right corner, and under Manually Back Up and Restore, click Back Up Now. If it's the first time you've backed up the device, prepare to spend at least half an hour on the process. If you're not near a computer, you can use iCloud Backup.

Download and Setup

Now you should be ready to download and install iOS 8. You can do this via Wi-Fi or via iTunes if you're connected to a computer. If you're connected to Wi-Fi, go to Settings > General > Software Update. By the time iOS 8 is available, a message will tell you so. Tap Download and Install. You'll be prompted to install once the download is done, then your device will reboot.

If you're using iTunes, make sure you have the latest version, connect, select your device from the bar on the top right of the display, click Summary, then click Check for Update. You'll then click Download and Update, then follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device.

Once you've rebooted, you should get a message saying that the update was completed. You then will want to enable location services to enable Apple's anti-theft service. If you're using iCloud,...

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