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How to Install iOS 8.4

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.

Read: 5 Reasons Not to Install iOS 8.4

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.

Learn what you need to know about performing an iOS 8.4 install on iphone or iPad.
Learn what you need to know about performing an iOS 8.4 install on iphone or iPad.

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.

Read: 10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 8.4

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.

How to install iOS 8.4 from your iPhone or iPad.
How to install iOS 8.4 from your iPhone or iPad.

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.

  1. Tap on Settings on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Software Update.
  4. Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
  5. Or, Tap on Download and Install to start.
  6. Enter your passcode.
  7. Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
  8. Wait for the iOS 8.4 download to complete.
  9. 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.

  1. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the upper left.
  2. Click on Check for Update.
  3. Click Download and Update.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. 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.

What’s New in iOS 8.4

Apple Music Streaming

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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.

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6 Comments

  1. Sas

    07/04/2015 at 1:38 am

    I have problems installing iOS 8.4. Downloaded the update but a message of “unable to install error occurred” keeps popping up. Phone is plugged in and now fully charged. I cannot update through iTunes as it says my software is updated. I checked and version still 12H4098c (I’m on beta). Please help.

    Reply

    • Mike

      07/26/2015 at 1:34 pm

      Ok, not sure if you need help due to the date of your post, but I’ll take the time anyways so maybe it will help you or anybody else having this issue. Here’s what I just did…
      Back up your iPhone before attempting this..

      Go to… https://ipsw.me/all and find firmware “iPhone7,2_8.4_12H143” for your device and download it.
      Once downloaded, go to iTunes with your phone connected, turn off Find My iPhone and remove your passcode.
      Hold the option key and click “Check for update”.
      navigate to where you downloaded the file and select it.
      follow the prompts
      I received an error stating The session ID couldn’t be found, which made me nervous(lol), but all went well and the firmware in my settings is what I installed. I did not have to do a restore for my data. The update was quick, I stepped away for 5/6 minutes and it was done.

      Reply

  2. Mike

    07/26/2015 at 1:03 pm

    Same problem here. I also tried using iTunes, holding the option key so I can manually select the install file I downloaded and I get an error saying unable to restore to this build version…

    Reply

    • Mike

      07/26/2015 at 1:35 pm

      Here’s what I just did…
      Back up your iPhone before attempting this..

      Go to… https://ipsw.me/all and find firmware “iPhone7,2_8.4_12H143” for your device and download it.
      Once downloaded, go to iTunes with your phone connected, turn off Find My iPhone and remove your passcode.
      Hold the option key and click “Check for update”.
      navigate to where you downloaded the file and select it.
      follow the prompts
      I received an error stating The session ID couldn’t be found, which made me nervous(lol), but all went well and the firmware in my settings is what I installed. I did not have to do a restore for my data. The update was quick, I stepped away for 5/6 minutes and it was done.

      Reply

  3. Bruce Burnworth

    07/30/2015 at 11:49 am

    I understand that I need wifi to download IOS 8.4. After it is downloaded to my phone, do I need wifi to install? My computer gets its wifi from my Iphone hotspot.

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