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How to Update your iDevice (The n00b's guide)

Most likely, If you’re reading this, you are not on the latest firmware(version) of iOS. Firmware and iOS are two important words that you’ll need to know. Firmware refers to the version of iOS that your iDevice is running. Firmware is just a fancy word for software, it’s like the operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X) of a computer but on your phone. iOS is simply Apple’s brand name for the firmware versions that they release. Like how with each version of Windows has the word “Windows” before the actual name (Windows Vista, Windows XP), “iOS” comes before each firmware version (iOS 4.1, iOS 4.3, iOS 4.3.3). Now that you’re more informed, lets dive into the actual updating process.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, if it doesn’t open up automatically.

Step 2: iTunes may or may not pop-up a notification that a new firmware version is available for your device. It would look like this:


 

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

 

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

 

updatesummary.PNG

Most likely, If you’re reading this, you are not on the latest firmware(version) of iOS. Firmware and iOS are two important words that you’ll need to know. Firmware refers to the version of iOS that your iDevice is running. Firmware is just a fancy word for software, it’s like the operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X) of a computer but on your phone. iOS is simply Apple’s brand name for the firmware versions that they release. Like how with each version of Windows has the word “Windows” before the actual name (Windows Vista, Windows XP), “iOS” comes before each firmware version (iOS 4.1, iOS 4.3, iOS 4.3.3). Now that you’re more informed, lets dive into the actual updating process.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, if it doesn’t open up automatically.

Step 2: iTunes may or may not pop-up a notification that a new firmware version is available for your device. It would look like this:


 

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

 

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

deviceslist.PNG

Most likely, If you’re reading this, you are not on the latest firmware(version) of iOS. Firmware and iOS are two important words that you’ll need to know. Firmware refers to the version of iOS that your iDevice is running. Firmware is just a fancy word for software, it’s like the operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X) of a computer but on your phone. iOS is simply Apple’s brand name for the firmware versions that they release. Like how with each version of Windows has the word “Windows” before the actual name (Windows Vista, Windows XP), “iOS” comes before each firmware version (iOS 4.1, iOS 4.3, iOS 4.3.3). Now that you’re more informed, lets dive into the actual updating process.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, if it doesn’t open up automatically.

Step 2: iTunes may or may not pop-up a notification that a new firmware version is available for your device. It would look like this:


 

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

 

updatesummary.PNG

Most likely, If you’re reading this, you are not on the latest firmware(version) of iOS. Firmware and iOS are two important words that you’ll need to know. Firmware refers to the version of iOS that your iDevice is running. Firmware is just a fancy word for software, it’s like the operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X) of a computer but on your phone. iOS is simply Apple’s brand name for the firmware versions that they release. Like how with each version of Windows has the word “Windows” before the actual name (Windows Vista, Windows XP), “iOS” comes before each firmware version (iOS 4.1, iOS 4.3, iOS 4.3.3). Now that you’re more informed, lets dive into the actual updating process.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, if it doesn’t open up automatically.

Step 2: iTunes may or may not pop-up a notification that a new firmware version is available for your device. It would look like this:


 

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

itunesupdatepopup.PNG

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

 

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

 

updatesummary.PNG

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

 

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

deviceslist.PNG

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

 

updatesummary.PNG

Step 3: If this pops up, you’ll want to select Download and Update. NOT Download Only. Some onscreen instructions will guide you through updating, Apple makes this process very simple. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)

Step 4: If that notification does not pop-up, follow these next instructions. Select your device from the “Devices” drop-down menu.

Step 5: You’ll be brought to a page all about your device. Looking like this picture below. Select Update and follow the onscreen instructions. All done! Let your device update. It may take a while, about 15-20 minutes (most of the time will be spent downloading the firmware)