iOS 8 Download

iOS 8 is being touted as the turning point in iOS versions, offering more features than ever before and much stricter security.


And that’s not taking into account all the improvements and enhancements across the board. Downloading iOS 8 firmware is so simple, and there are three methods to do it.

Active Firmware:

Apple is actively supporting these firmware versions right now:

  • iOS 8.4.1

Expired Firmwares:

The expired firmware versions are:

  • iOS 8
  • iOS 8.0.1
  • iOS 8.0.2
  • iOS 8.1
  • iOS 8.1.1
  • iOS 8.1.2
  • iOS 8.1.3
  • iOS 8.2
  • iOS 8.3
  • iOS 8.4

If you try downgrading your iPad or iPhone to one of the above-expired versions, an iTunes Error 3194 will happen, telling you that your “Device is not eligible for the requested build”. Later, we’ll tell you how you can get back to one of these versions very easily.

device not eligible for requested build

How to Download iOS 8:

As always, there are three ways to install iOS 8 on your device, but before you even think about it, there are a couple of things you need to do, update iTunes to the latest version:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer
  2. Click on Help > Check for Updates itunes-update-mac
  3. iTunes will now see if there is an update and if there is, will guide you in how to install it

Second, please make sure you have backed up all your data using iTunes and/or iCloud.

Last, you need to disable a couple of features on your device. Don’t worry; they can be enabled again after the update:

  • Your passcode
  • Touch ID if enabled
  • Find My iPhone/iPadfind-my-iphone-turn-off

Method 1: OTA ( Over the Air )

This is the quickest way to update your device but, if you are intending to jailbreak, don’t use it – choose one of the other versions instead:

  1. Open your iOS Settings app
  2. Tap on General and then Software Updateota-update ios
  3. Wait until the update has been found and then tap Download
  4. Tap on Install and leave your device – it will reboot to the Hello screen when it’s done ios_ota update

Method 2: iTunes

This is one of the recommended methods if you are going to jailbreak:

  1. Plug your device into your PC or Mac
  2. Open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically
  3. Click the device summary of the connected device ( if you have more than one registered device )itunes-device-summary
  4. Click on Update > Install itunes-update-iphone
  5. When your iPhone or iPad reboots to the Hello screen, the update is finished.hello_screen_ iphone

Method 3: iTunes with iOS 8 IPSW

  1. Download the IPSW ( see below ) that corresponds to your device
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and open iTunes
  3. Click the summary for the connected device
  4. Press down the ALT (Mac) or SHIFT (Windows) on your keyboard and, at the same time, click on Restore on the iTunes window itunes-restore
  5. Find the IPSW you downloaded and click it ipsw-ios
  6. Click on Install and leave your device – it will reboot when the update is done

iOS 8.4.1 IPSW Links:

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