iOS 5 - How To Update Your iDevice
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This is an in-depth how to on preparing and updating your devices, for those of you who are confused.
Backup & Sync Your Device
The first step you should take to prepare for any iOS upgrade is to completely sync and back up your device using iTunes. First, sync your device by selecting it from the left-hand column in iTunes and clicking the “Sync Now” button.
Next, you should back up your device, just in case it didn’t back up during the sync. Backing up your iDevice is as simple as plugging it into your computer, launching iTunes, right-clicking (or option-clicking) your device from the left-hand column, and clicking “Back Up”
Take Note Of App-Specific Passwords
If you decide to completely restore your device to factory settings (which is recommended for big updates like iOS 5), it’s important that you make a not of any important app passwords or information that you’ll need to set your device up on a fresh install of iOS.
Now that you’re ready, simply wait it out and enjoy! iOS 5 will be here before you know it.
Save Your Settings
If you are fond of the way you had your device set up before iOS 5 was released, it might be a good idea to go into Setting on your device and write down anything important you might not otherwise remember. One good way to do this is to take a screenshot by pressing both the power and home button at the same time, and then importing that screenshot into iPhoto to save it on your Mac.
Downloading & Install An iOS Update
iOS updates are downloaded through iTunes, and if you have multiple devices (such as an iPhone and an iPad), you’ll need to download a separate version for each. To download the firmware, simply select your device in the left-hand column in iTunes, and click “Check for Updates.”
iTunes will then ask you if you’d like to download and install the update, or if you’d just like to download it to install later. I recommend that you install iOS 5 from scratch and begin with a clean slate on your device. To do this, click “download only.” Once the download is complete, select your device once more in the left-hand column in iTunes, and click the “Restore” button. This will reset all of your content and settings and install iOS 5.
If you don’t want to go through setting up your device again, and just want to update to iOS 5, then simply click “download and update” and iTunes will download iOS 5 and install it on your device while keeping your old settings.
With brand new iOS releases like this, it’s recommended that you completely restore your device and start with a fresh install. This will not only help your device run smoother, but will also make sure you aren’t missing out on new features that aren’t enabled at first if you use your old settings.