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Upgrading iDevices With Just 7 Easy Steps

Updated on March 9, 2012
Have you upgraded to the new iOS 5.1?
Have you upgraded to the new iOS 5.1?

It has been sometime since I am away from HubPages and finally, having some time off for the weekend. All right! This time around, I am going to write a simple hub on how to upgrade your iDevices (iPhones, iPods and iPads) without much hassle.

As you all know, I really hope this topic comes in handy as Apple had just released iOS 5.1 for all next generation iDevices. Before I start, let me tell you that there are two easy ways you can upgrade your iDevices which are upgrading iOS with iTunes or via OTA (Over The Air). I will summarize them below for your easy reading as well.

Want to know more about iOS 5.1 Features? Here's a video about it.

Upgrading iDevice using iTunes

This is the first method when comes to upgrading OS using iTunes. Many people will not opt for this option here simple because when you upgrade using iTunes, you would need to download the whole file which can easily hit 800mb. Not only that, imagine you have a slow internet connection and yes, you are going to suffer big time! Just to give you an estimation, I downloaded the latest Apple Firmware, iOS 5.1 for my iPhone 4 S and it took me about 20 minutes on a 5 mb broadband speed.

Here are the steps:

  1. Always backup (did I mention to you how important back up is?) via iTunes or iCloud of your choice.
  2. If you have recently jail break your iDevice, it is highly recommended to perform a full wipe before upgrading.
  3. [Optional] Select Restore to perform a full wipe and restoring back to iDevice original state.
  4. Select 'Check for update'.
  5. Follow the instruction which is usually click to agree and yes to install.
  6. Let the phone upgrade itself and grab yourself a coffee. Usually such will take about from 5 minutes to mere 30 minutes.
  7. Restore your data if needed and you can continue rocking with your iDevice.

Upgrading iDevices using OTA (Over The Air)

I would say this is a rather easier method compared to iTunes but again, it is truly up to you. When you download via OTA, you are just downloading the files which are newer and not the whole file. This will speed up the time for your installation.

Here are the steps:

  1. As usual, backup your data.
  2. If you have recently jail break your iDevice, it is highly recommended to perform a full wipe before upgrading.
  3. [Optional] Select 'Erase All Setting and Content' on your device to ensure a clean installation.
  4. Go to Setting > General > Software Update
  5. Click to update and follow the instruction given.
  6. Usually these type of upgrade is faster and thus, will take less than 10 minutes.
  7. Restore your data if needed and you can continue rocking with your iDevice.

We all hate trouble but here's the trouble shooting to save your life.
We all hate trouble but here's the trouble shooting to save your life.

Trouble upgrading iOS?

How can I even complete this without a trouble shooting guide? Okay, here are a few very common issues when you are upgrading your iOS.

Help! I can't upgrade my iDevice! It keep showing 'Unable to update. Please check Settings'.

I experienced this before. Chances this happened is because you had jailbreak-ed your device. Well, the easy solution is to backup > erase all data or restore back to original status > upgrade again.

Help! After upgrading my iPhone to iOS 5.1, I am not able to revert back. What should I do?

First of all, iDevices using A5 chips will not be able to downgrade after upgrading. Even if you have a backup, it will not work. Those having A4 chips etc, yes you will be able to revert back to the original setting for now.

Before I upgrade, how is the battery life? (this is the MOST asked question of all time)

Let me tell you something. Battery life of a device depends solely on each user. No two users are the same. What might be great for me, might be the opposite for you. If you ask me, I see a small but significant battery improvement with iOS 5.1 on my iPhone 4 S.


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    6 years ago

    Thank you very for sharing a very nice information about iOS.


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