Upgrading to iOS 5 from an earlier iOS version such as iOS 4 is a fairly simple task, but it’s also a major update, as it installs a whole new operating system, not just incremental fix updates that Apple often releases for their iDevices. This means that the update will take considerably more time, but it will be worth it because iOS 5 offers several new features, including the highly anticipated Wi-Fi sync. In today’s post we will review how to upgrade to iOS 5 from other versions of iOS.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod)
- USB cable for the device.
- iTunes installed onto your Mac or PC.
Prior to upgrading to iOS 5, it is crucial that you get the latest software updates for iTunes.
- On a Mac, this can be accomplished by clicking the Apple Logo and selecting Software Update… from the drop down menu.
- In Windows, this can be done using the path Help > Check for Updates within iTunes.
Installing the latest software update for iTunes is a very important step, and it will prevent several possible upgrade issues.
Most current iOS users will want to do an upgrade install, as it is the most simple and quickest way to get iOS 5 up and running on your device. For this tutorial, we will be using an iPhone 4. Other devices such as the iPhone 3G, iPad, and iPod Touch should follow the same procedure. Of course, if you have an iPhone 4S, it comes with iOS 5, so no upgrade needed. Here is how you upgrade to iOS 5 on your iDevice.
Start by connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or PC using the USB data cable that came with the device. Once connected, iTunes should auto launch, but if it does not, go ahead and launch iTunes. When you connect your device, iTunes will need to sync the apps, media, etcetera to the device, so wait for the sync to complete before you proceed.
Once the sync is complete, select your device from the left-side navigation pane in iTunes. It should be listed under the DEVICES section of iTunes.
From the Summary tab, under the Version section, click the button Check for Update. You may get a prompt like “Your iPhone software is up to date. iTunes will automatically check for an update again on…” Just ignore this prompt and still click the Check for Update button.
iTunes should find the update for iOS 5 and prompt you.
Click the Download and Update button to begin installing iOS 5 onto your device. From here, iTunes will automatically connect to the iPhone software update server and begin downloading the update.
Once the download finishes, iTunes will prompt you with the initial installation screen for iOS 5. Click the Next button to proceed.
You will next need to agree to the license before proceeding with iOS 5 installation. Click the Agree button to proceed installing iOS 5.
Once you have agreed to the licensing statement, iTunes will automatically start downloading iOS 5.
You might want to go grab something to drink, because iOS 5 does not download quickly. Once the download completes, iTunes will run through various installation procedures rather quickly. Here are some screenshots of the installation progress. This all happens in a matter of seconds.
During this process, your iDevice will restart several times. Once the phone boots back up, iOS 5 will be installed.
Note: During installation of iOS 5, the iPhone actually completely restores itself to factory settings momentarily. In fact, if you monitored the phone during all of those reboots, you would notice that at one point, it appears as if iOS 5 has been clean installed. So, during installation, iOS 5 pretty much clean installs itself, as it erases all unneeded iOS 4 remains.
Do not disconnect your iDevice from the computer quite yet, as the device has simply installed iOS 5. Now, it will start restoring your contacts, apps, and other data.
Once the iPhone restoration is complete and all of your data is moved back to your iDevice, the iTunes activity window will become idle. Now, it’s okay to disconnect your iDevice. With iOS 5 freshly installed, you now need to complete the setup wizard for your iDevice.
Now, that iOS 5 is installed, you may notice some new apps…
Notice that there is now a dedicated Video App? iOS 5 also comes with a Facebook app, Newsstand, Reminders, and more. How did the upgrade to iOS 5 go for you? If you are encountering errors or any other install problems, leave a comment and I will try and help. Enjoy!