The latest update to iOS 5 is important for a number of reasons, the primary one being that it lets us users get a taste of how it is to be able to download software updates directly to our mobile device. This means update anytime, anywhere, without PC tethering.
One touted feature of iOS 5 for iPads, iPhone and iPod Touch is the wireless syncing and updating of your iDevice without having to be physically connected to your PC. Back in the day, it was simply a pain to download software updates via iTunes or even directly download the firmware- the perpetually busy iTunes server usually timed out on me just before the update was finished.
Of course, the prospect of a direct download now available on iOS 5 can be scary. A critical question is, how big a file is an update and how fast will it download and install? What about our data? What if it gets lost in the installation process? Having successfully updated to iOS 5.0.1 on my iPhone and iPad 2, here are some tips:
1) Back up your data, whether to iCloud or to your computer. You don’t want to lose your data!
2) The awesome thing about iOS5 is its wireless syncing feature, but you can still download the update via iTunes and connect your device to your computer. So if you want to do it the regular way, you still can.
3) If your want to download the update directly to your device, I suggest you ignore suggestions to download iOS 5.0.1 via iTunes on your computer while you download the update via your iDevice.
How to download direct to your device:
Ensure a stable internet connection. In my case, i did everything via my Myfi router on a prepaid sim.
1) Go to: Settings – General – Software Update
2) Check out the description of the changes in iOS 5.0.1. Tap on “Download and Update” and you will be prompted to agree to the terms and conditions from Apple, etc.
3) If your device is not connected to a power source and you have less than 50% battery remaining, you will receive a prompt reminding you to plug in your device.
4) Download time varies and also depends on the Internet connection – using my wireless portable wifi router, my iPhone took about 10-15 minutes, slightly longer than my iPad.
5) If you’re still not plugged in and you have less than 50% battery remaining, your device will refuse to install the update. So plug it in to avoid data loss, etc.
6) The update will take about 5-10 minutes to install, including the verification process with Apple’s server.
7) Don’t touch your device during this time. You will see the usual silver Apple logo while you wait, and a progress bar underneath which repeats itself until you just see the plain Apple logo.
8 ) The device will reset itself and start up as usual. However, in the case of my iPhone, it apparently reset the password for the wifi network I was connected to, which did not happen in the case of my iPad.
9) To verify if you’ve successfully updated your device, just go back to Software Update. You should get this message:
Have you updated to iOS 5.0.1? Was it smooth sailing for you?