This guide will show you how to install iOS 8.4.1 on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The focus of this small iOS 8.4.1 update is to deliver much-needed fixes for Apple Music problems and complaints. This is a small iOS update that should download and install in 15 minutes or less if you are already on iOS 8.4.
This iOS 8.4 upgrade guide will also walk you through what to do before you install the free iOS 8.4.1 update on your iPhone or iPad to make sure your data and information is safe.
Apple outlines a small number of changes to iOS 8.4.1 that mainly focus on Apple Music, but there is a note about some security upgrades as well.
You can upgrade to the iOS 8.4.1 update from any device that supports iOS 8 as a free upgrade. Users on iOS 8.4 can upgrade with a very small patch, while those coming from earlier versions of iOS 8 or from iOS 7 may need a larger file. This is not essential to use Apple Music, but it does fix some issues with Apple Music that will improve your experience.
You will need a WiFi connection and the device battery life must be above 50% to download and to install the iOS 8.4.1 update. Even with a small update like this it is not possible to update over a cellular connection.
The iOS 8.4.1 update arrived on August 13 at 1 PM Eastern and is available over the air or through iTunes. Here is what you need to do to install the iOS 8.4.1 update.
iOS 8.4.1 Update Guide
Before you download the iOS 8.4.1 update you should make sure that you have a recent update. This is a small and focused update, but there is always a chance that something can go wrong. If you use iCloud, you likely have a backup that is less than a day old. If not, it is a good idea to plug-in to your computer for the short time it takes to back up.
It is a great idea to install this from home instead of while traveling or at work, just in case something does go wrong.
How Long Does the iOS 8.4.1 Update Take?
The iOS 8.4.1 update is a small download, which went fast for the Gotta Be Mobile team. In about 10 minutes we had the update downloaded and installed on an iPhone 6. Downgrading the iPhone 6 Plus from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1 took a little longer, but it was completed in about 30 minutes.
You should plan on about 15 minutes to complete the upgrade, but as long as your connection is fast this should be closer to 10 minutes.
How to Install iOS 8.4.1
You can install iOS 8.4.1 from your iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. All you need to do is connect to WiFi and check for an update. Here are the steps to take now or when you see a small red dot on the Settings icon. You can use another iPhone as a personal hotspot if you don’t want to wait until you get to a normal WiFi connection.
You don’t need to wait for a notification of this update, and if you are an Apple Music user it is a good idea to install it as soon as you are ready to fix some problems.
- On the home screen and on Settings on the iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Download and Install to start downloading iOS 8.4.1.
- Enter your passcode.
- Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
- Wait for the iOS 8.4 download to complete and then tap Install
You can use the iPhone until the installation starts. With a small download like this it shouldn’t take very long, so if you need to use your iPhone you may want to wait to download the update later. After the process completed you may see a small welcome screen, or you will be dropped back to the lock screen.
For users who don’t want to use this method, you can plug into a computer and open iTunes. The iTunes software should recognize the update and prompt you to download and install the iOS 8.4.1 update.