Installing Apple’s new iOS 14.8 update might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before moving your iPhone from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or your current version of iOS 14 to iOS 14.8.
Apple’s pushed a new iOS upgrade to iPhone users and iOS 14.8 is available to download right now if you own a device that’s compatible with the company’s current operating system.
Like iOS 14.7.1 before it, iOS 14.8 is a tiny upgrade with a very small list of changes. It has two important security patches on board.
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 14.7.1, you get the shortest change log and the smallest download. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.8 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the iOS updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.
iOS 14.8 is an important upgrade and most of you should install it in the near future. That said, it’s difficult to predict how new software will impact your iPhone’s performance.
While some of you could see a boost to your iPhone’s performance, others will run into frustrating bugs and performance issues. This is why it’s important to do some prep work before you start the installation. A little work ahead of time could help you avoid serious problems.
If you notice bugs or performance issues on iOS 14.8, note that you can’t downgrade your iPhone’s software in an attempt to improve its performance. The company stopped signing on iOS 14.7.1.
Unfortunately, Apple has also stopped signing on iOS 14.7 and older versions of iOS which means you can’t move your phone back to those versions of iOS either.
So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.7.1, or an older version of iOS, moving your phone to iOS 14.8 is a big deal. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
With that in mind, we want to help you prepare for the transition from your current version of iOS to iOS 14.8. We always recommend spending 30 minutes, or more, preparing yourself and your device for the move.
If you don’t have that kind of time, at least make sure your files are backed up properly.
Backup Your iPhone's Data
Backing up the date you store on your iPhone might be the most important thing you can do before installing new software on your iPhone.
A lot of you already know how to properly backup your data (photos, videos, etc), but if you're unsure, we've got you covered.
Some of you will want to backup using Apple's iCloud service. It's an easy way to ensure your important files are safe. If you're unfamiliar with the iCloud backup process, you'll want to check out Apple's guide.
If you store a lot of data on your iPhone, the backup process could take awhile to complete so remain patient.
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