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How to Install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 on Your Device

author Lois Green
date Tuesday, July 21, 2020

iOS 14 is coming and it adds a new App Library view to organize all of your apps, so that your home screen doesn't need to hold all of the app icons but keep concise. Besides, iOS 14 provides a series of personalized features such as Widgets, Picture in Picture, Translate App and App Clips, greatly improving the system performance.

Can't wait to try these new features? Follow up and update your device to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. And you need to make some preparations.

First, check whether your device supports the system's updating. The compatible iOS device models are as below.

  • iPhone 11/ iPhone 11 Pro/ iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS/ iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPod touch (7th-generation)
  • iPad Pro
  • ‌iPad‌‌ (7th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌‌ (6th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌‌ (5th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌‌ Mini 5/4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Then, check whether your device has enough storage. The size of the new firmware is about 5GB. Thus, please delete useless items to save the space on your iPhone/iPad.

Next, make sure that your internet is stable. Otherwise, the installation package's downloading might be interrupted.

It's safer that you back up your phone's data before updating. When the process makes irreversible mistakes, at least your data is still there. Here is a powerful helper, FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore (opens new window), to back up your data. Follow the steps below to begin your backing up.

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Step 1: Launch FonePaw homepage to select iOS Data Backup & Restore on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your phone to the computer with a matched USB cable.

Step 3: Click on iOS Data Backup.

iOS Data Backup

Step 4: Choose Standard Backup or Encrypted Backup as you like. Then click Start.

Step 5: Check the box beside the data that you want to back up. Then click on Next.

The backup process will begin right now. It'll be finished in a short time. Then you can choose Backup More to continue or Restore iOS Data to transfer the data to another device.

Now, you can start iOS 14/ iPadOS 14 upgrading process. The first public betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have been released for compatible iPhone and iPad models, so that users who don't sign up for the Apple Developer Program are able to test the software updates as well as provide feedbacks to help improve the overall experience before the official release this fall. To use the public betas, you need to previously register your iPhone or iPad in the free Apple Beta Software Program. The steps below will show you how.

Step 1: Open Safari on your Apple device and move to the Apple Beta Software Program.

Step 2: Tap on Sign Up.

Sign in Apple Beta Software Program

Step 3: Enter your Apple ID credentials and tap on Sign In.

Step 4: Choose Agree if you're prompted the Apple Beta Software Program terms and conditions.

Step 5: A Guide for Public Betas screen will pop-up. Choose the iOS tab, then scroll down to the Get Start section and tap on enroll your iOS device.

Step 6: Scroll down and tap the Download profile button.

Step 7: Choose iPhone or iPad and tap Allow button.

Step 8: Go to Settings on your device and tap Profile Downloaded below your Apple ID banner.

Step 9: Tap Install in the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 10: Enter your password.

Step 11: Tap Install in the top-right corner, and tap Install again when prompted.

Step 12: Tap Done, then tap General in the top-left corner of the screen.

Step 13: Hit Software Update button.

Software Update

Step 14: Tap Download and Install. If you have passcode, please enter it and go on.

Download and Install

Step 15: Finally, select Install Now. You need to wait for a while because of the large size of update.

After updating, your phone will restart immediately and the installation will start automatically. If something goes wrong like stuck in recovery mode or white screen when updating, FonePaw iOS System Recovery (opens new window) can help you out. In another way, downgrading your iPhone to iOS 13.4, which is much stabler, can also help to solve the problem.