Most of us are now running iOS 5 firmware on our iOS devices. In the unlikely event that you are running an older version then you’ll need to connect your device to your computer, fire up iTunes, and when it tells you there are updates available let it download and install them. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you backup your device before you kick off that installer, else you might not be able to restore all your settings, apps and content in a pain-free manner.
If, on the other hand, you’re running iOS 5, Apple built-in a OTA (Over The Air) update mechanism to the newer firmware. Chances are your iOS device has already prompted you that there’s an update available to install. Many people just ignore these in the same way they do App Store updates. Thankfully, it’s really easy to kick off that installer and update your device:
- Open Settings
- Open General
- Tap Software Update
- (The device will check for an update)
- Tap Download and Install
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions
That’s it – the iOS device will download what it needs, reboot, update, reboot and present you with an updated device with all your settings and info intact.
If, like me, the update fails to install this could be down to a number of reasons, In my case, it was because I’d left insufficient space on my iPhone for the update to download and unpack into! I cleared off a few things and it was able to progress.
Once you’ve updated, then you’re probably going to want to jailbreak that iOS 5.0.1 device!5.01, Apple, firmware, iOS, upgrade