1. diamonddialogue's Avatar
    iOS 5 - How To Update Your iDevice | MacTrast

    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 didnt 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), its important that you make a not of any important app passwords or information that youll need to set your device up on a fresh install of iOS.

    Now that youre 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), youll 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 youd like to download and install the update, or if youd 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 dont 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, its 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 arent missing out on new features that arent enabled at first if you use your old settings.
    Last edited by diamonddialogue; 10-12-2011 at 10:50 AM.
    zackawee27, BFDBill and Vorpal279 like this.
    10-12-2011 10:48 AM
  2. Farmdreads's Avatar
    Isn't this update able to be done over the air? If so, how does that work?
    10-12-2011 12:09 PM
  3. 07GD SFD's Avatar
    Updating from iOS 4 to iOS 5 cannot be done over the air. Once you have iOS 5 installed, future updates will be OTA.
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    10-12-2011 12:12 PM
  4. Vorpal279's Avatar
    When I click restore, it asks if I want to back up my settings. Should I do this?
    10-12-2011 01:24 PM
  5. jmgilliam#IM's Avatar
    Ok... So who has done it both ways? Is it Ok either way?? I don't want to have to sort my apps all over again.
    10-12-2011 02:00 PM