Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Updating your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to iOS 5 is Easy!

Apple's iOS5 is ready to download!

If you’ve never had to update your Apple mobile device before and are confused about what’s involved, I invite you to follow these steps; they will take you through the process painlessly. Fortunately for us, Apple makes this process easy for even the least tech savvy person.

iOS 5, the new Apple operating system, is designed to enable us to keep the information on all our devices in sync with each other without our having to tether them to a computer. This is called “cloud computing”  and is designed for sharing information across multiple platforms (devices) and is a very nifty invention to make our lives simpler and work easier.

Step 1: Update your iTunes software
Before you can proceed with updating your device(s), you first need to update iTunes. This is a new version of your existing software that makes everything else possible.

To do this, open your iTunes application; you will be notified that a newer version is available. Click on “update” and let it do its thing. Depending on your computer and internet connection, this might happen quickly or not. Be patient.

Step 2: Plug your device into your computer and open iTunes.
Your phone will start to sync and backup automatically.

If it doesn’t, your device and iTunes may be set up so that you need to click the “sync” button in order to back it up.  Or you can click your device name in the navigation bar on the left side, and click “back up” as well. Either way will work.

Step 3: You will see a notification on the screen that an update is available.

YOU SHOULD BACK UP YOUR DEVICE BEFORE YOU UPDATE IT. As a reminder, iTunes will prompt you to back up if you haven’t done so already. But just in case it doesn’t do step 2 automatically, click “Check for Update” under the Version section.

Step 4: The new software downloads itself. 
Now click on "Download and Update." This process takes a bit of time, so be patient. It’s working hard to update your device to iOS 5.

Once downloaded, it will install itself into your iPhone 3GS or 4, iPod Touch (third and fourth generations only), and iPad (both 1 and 2) and will restart your device.

Step 5: iTunes will prompt you to something.
You will be asked to either set it up as a new device or restore it from a backup. Choose to RESTORE FROM BACKUP and select the backup you just made.

Step 6: Your device will reboot when the backup is done.
When iTunes detects the device with its new operating system installed, it will start to sync any apps and games that were in your device before you made the change to the new operating system.

If you have more than one Apple mobile device, you’ll need to do this update process for each of them.

There, now you’re done updating. See how easy that was, and you’re ready to back up in the cloud.

After the update to iOS 5 you’ll have the option to use iCloud updating.

If you’re using MobileMe to keep your devices in sync, you’re familiar with the benefits of this, but if not, you’re in for a real treat!

“What’s this?” you ask. Cloud computing enables you to keep your multiple devices and computers in sync with each other without their having to be connected with cables and wires.

What this means is that any changes that you make to your address book, calendar, and Safari bookmarks will automatically be made in those apps in your other devices.

Additionally, and new even for MobileMe users, your music library, pictures in your device’s camera, the books you’ve stored in iBooks, your photographs, IM’s, and information in some of your other applications will automatically sync across to your other devices as well. 

By June, 2012, in order for your Mac computer(s) to stay in sync with your Apple devices, you'll need to have the new Lion OS installed in them. This will affect those of us who are currently syncing via MobileMe as this service will be going away next year. If you want to read more about Lion OS and if it's right for you, click HERE to see an earlier article that I wrote about it.

In addition this major change, there are lots of other things included in the upgrade and I’ll be posting more about them once the dust settles, so stay tuned.

If you want more information, there’s plenty of it on Apple’s site, so click HERE to go directly to it.

Oh, and all this is FREE! What more can you ask for! 

The information contained herein is for guideline purposes only, is not intended as an endorsement of any product, and is no guarantee of the results.

Images courtesy of  Apple. 

Copyright © The B. Hammil Company 2011

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