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By Samantha Murphy Kelly2014-09-17 16:59:00 UTC

Good news, Apple fans: iOS 8 is now available for download.

The company rolled out the latest software for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, so users can get their hands on a collection of new features even if they’re not planning to buy a new device anytime soon.

To get iOS 8 now, visit Settings > General > Software Update on your Apple mobile device. Apple may not roll out the update to all users at once, so if you don’t see it available yet, keep checking back every few minutes.

iOS 8 is compatible on devices as far back as the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

Before you download, we recommend backing up your data via iCloud and a few other tips, just in case there are other glitches that surface during the process.

You’ll need decent storage available to complete the download, too; you may have to either transfer files like your photos via an Apple connector to a computer, or delete a few apps you haven’t used in a while to make room.

It requires up to about 5GB of free storage.

To anyone complaining about needing 5+GB to OTA update, you can just backup in iTunes, restore to iOS8, then load your backup.

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Among the new bells and whistles is a smarter Siri, a dedicated Health app, a battery usage indicator that tells you when to close certain apps, time-lapse capture for video and interactive notifications. Plus, you’ll see new widgets, a family sharing Apple ID plan, an upgrade to iMessage and an improved keyboard.

For a full look at what to expect and how to make the most of the features, click here.

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