You were super excited about downloading the latest version of Apple iOS 8 – that is until, you realized that you had to delete a ton of data from your iPhone to make room for the update. It’s not that iOS 8 occupies a ton of storage on your iPhone or iPad (iTunes says the file is about 1.2GB), but rather that the download itself needs up to 5.7GB of free storage to be completed. (For me this was a welcomed challenge, since I’ve had about 4,500 photos on my phone and needed to purge it immediately.) But for others, there’s an easier way around the iOS 8 download without deleting any of your photos, music or data at all.
But before you start deleting everything you’ve ever saved, there’s a very easy solution: Sync your iPhone or iPad to the computer and download iOS 8 directly from there. This won’t suck up any space on your device, and you can manually transfer the new software back to your device. Updating via your PC or Mac is more reliable way to upgrade, versus OTA (over-the-air), which is performed directly on the device.
If you’re taking this alternate route, be sure to select “check for update” when the prompt pops up on iTunes — not “restore iPhone.” The latter option will indeed wipe all content from your device.
For those who haven’t downloaded the software yet, we recommend backing up your data via iCloud before you start. If anything, the 5.7GB requirement to update to iOS 8 is a subtle nudge from Apple that you may need to splurge for the 64GB device next time. (Smooth move, Apple. smooth move indeed.)
Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off of its the new mobile operating system, iOS 8, which is kinda available now for developers, but once the kinks and bugs are fixed will be available for everyone else in the Fall. The latest software is packed with great tools for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but there are a handful of features that parents of iPhone loving households will especially love. Check out our three favorite iPhone household hacks that could be coming to an iPhone near you soon, courtesy of iOS 8.
iOS 8 Household Hack 1 – HomeKit
Soon, you can turn your home into a home of the future (kinda like the Jetsons – where Rosie the Robot is replaced by Siri the iPhone instead.) HomeKit is a technical feature that allows iPhone users to control their homes with their devices, like magic. It’s a software kit that taps into Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant, to listen for audio cues like “it’s time for bed,” which could then lock doors and dim lights, or whatever you program. “Smart” Internet-enabled appliances like Nest and the Philips Hue bulb may be potential partners with Apple’s new HomeKit SDK.
iOS 8 Household Hack 2 – Ask To Buy
‘Ask To Buy’ gives you the power to set limits or approve purchases from anywhere! My niece is notorious for buying games, in-app purchases and more (when you’re not looking of course!) Now your kids can request to purchase an app, game, movie, etc., and you can allow the purchase from anywhere! You could be on a business trip and when your kid requests to buy a game while he or she is with a sitter you still have control over approving the purchase. “Ask to Buy,” doesn’t just limit app purchases on the iPhone or iPad either – permissions can be set for music in iTunes and iBooks too!
iOS 8 Household Hack 3 – Health
Want to keep your kids active, healthy (and keep an eye out on it all?) The newly announced Health app will be the best new tool in your arsenal. Health is a new app built in to iOS 8, and it’ll not only track important data like lab results, vitals, and medications but info collected from your fitness apps and gadgets as well. If you use Fitbit, Nike+, and the nutrition-tracking MyFitnessPal, the new Health app for iOS 8 will gather all of that data into a single dashboard, so you can get a clear overview of you and your family’s fitness activity and health. If you’re a parent concerned about childhood obesity – you can easily reward your kids based on their daily fitness outputs (all managed by you in the Health app).
Now that you’ve seen our favorite home hack-worthy apps from the new iOS 8 upgrade, what’s your thoughts? Do you plan on putting any of them into good use? Share your thoughts below.