If you have an iPhone 3GS or 4, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, an updated operating system with many new features is available to you, iOS 5. I strongly suggest waiting a few days to update as Apple servers are becoming overloaded with people trying to update and many people are reporting difficulty with the process. The update may take hours, depending on how full your phone is with apps, photos, music, etc.
If you simply can’t wait, please make sure you follow these steps for the smoothest possible update:
- Close your apps. Double click the Home button and a bar will appear at the bottom showing the open apps. Press on one of the app icons in the bottom bar and hold it until they wiggle with a red circle at the top left corner of the icons. Press the red circle of each app until they are all closed.
- Whatever you do, please back up your phone before you update! You will have to restore your phone during the update and you want all of your information to be current. To update, plug your iPhone into your computer. When iTunes opens, find the name of your phone in the left column of iTunes and right-click on it. Choose Back Up.
- Update iTunes. You cannot update your device to iOS 5 without updating iTunes to version 10.5. To update iTunes go into the Help menu at the top of iTunes and choose Help => Check for Updates.
Only after you have completed these steps should you update to iOS 5.
For a very useful step-by-step guide on how to update to iOS 5, check out this link from Gizmodo: The Complete Guide to Updating to iOS 5.
Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for further details on the new features in iOS 5!
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