We’ll show you how to install iOS 8.4 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch so you can use Apple Music and other new iOS 8.4 update features. Plan to spend at least 20 minutes upgrading from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.4 or from whatever version of iOS you are on. We’ll also walk through what you should do before you tap on Download to install the iOS 8.4 update.
Apple’s iOS 8.4 release delivers Apple Music to the masses, but that’s not all this new version of iPhone and iPad software offers. If you still have iOS 8.3 problems or other iPhone and iPad software problems, you may find a fix in the various bug improvements that Apple includes with this update.
Here’s how you can update to iOS 8.4 so that you don’t have to stare at a red update notification on the Settings app. With this guide you can update to iOS 8.4 on your time, even if you don’t see the update notification yet.
The iOS 8.4 update is free to install and includes access to the free three month trial of Apple Music. Users don’t need massive amounts of free space to install the iOS 8.4 update on iPhone and iPad. If you want top try Apple Music you need to install iOS 8.4. This is available for any device running iOS 8, which means the iPhone 4 is not able to use this new app.
Make sure your iPhone or iPad is charged to at least 50% and connected to WiFi or to your computer if you prefer to use that method. You cannot download iOS updates over a cellular connection.
The iOS 8.4 update arrives at 11 AM Eastern/ 8 AM Pacific today. Here are the steps you need to take to install the iOS 8.4 update.
iOS 8.4 Update Guide
It is essential that you back up your iPhone or iPad before you install the iOS 8.4 update. This can be to iCloud or to a local computer. While the chance that something goes wrong is small, it is better to have a current backup.
It is also a good idea to install the iOS 8.4 update at home or work, not in a car or at a coffee shop. The installation takes a little time and if something does go wrong it is much easier to fix when you are at a computer or home base.
How Long Does the iOS 8.4 Update Take?
One of the most common questions we hear is, “How long will the iOS 8.4 update take?” There are several factors at play here, but we expect that it will take 15 to 30 minutes for most users.
With the added hype surrounding Apple Music and the first Beats1 radio broadcast coming one hour after the iOS 8.4 release time, there may be more people than normal trying to download iOS 8.4 right away.
This can lead to slower download times that make the iOS 8.4 update process take longer. It can also lead to iOS 8.4 installation problems or iOS 8.4 download problems, so have patience if you experience any issues.
How to Install iOS 8.4
The iOS 8.4 update requires a few taps to install and it is just as easy for iOS 8.4 beta users who want to upgrade to the final release with Apple Music.
You don’t need a computer to install the iOS 8.4 update, but you will need to make sure you are connected to WiFi. If you aren’t at home or work and you still feel that you must install, you can connect to a personal hotspot on another phone and the iPhone will use that WiFi connection to download the update.
Even if you don’t see the small red notification on the settings app, you can use these instructions to upgrade to iOS 8.4 as soon as it is available. Again, this will not happen until 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific.
- Tap on Settings on the iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
- Or, Tap on Download and Install to start.
- Enter your passcode.
- Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
- Wait for the iOS 8.4 download to complete.
- When prompted tap Install.
During this process the iPhone will restart twice to install the iOS 8.4 update. After it is complete you will need to enter your passcode again. Now walk through the rest of the setup that may prompt you to confirm FaceTime and iMessage numbers, Set up Apple Pay or sign up for an Apple Music trial.
When this is complete the iPhone will take you to your home screen and the iOS 8.4 update is done and ready to use.
How to Install iOS 8.4 on iTunes
Users who are not able to upgrade with an iOS 8.4 download can choose to use iTunes on Mac or PC to upgrade to iOS 8.4. This is handy if you have little free space on your iPhone or iPad.
To do this you will need a USB cable to connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and an Internet connection. The iPhone still needs a decent charge for this to work.
Connect your iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes if it is not already open. In iTunes you may get a notification about the iOS 8.4 update that includes a Download and Update button. If not you will need to follow these directions.
- Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the upper left.
- Click on Check for Update.
- Click Download and Update.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- When needed, enter your passcode.
Wait for the iOS 8.4 update to download and install on your iPhone or iPad. You will then need to enter your passcode and proceed with the setup options mentioned above.
Apple Music Streaming
The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.
With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.
Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.
This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.