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The iOS 5 firmware was released today which packs some brand new features that are going to be extremely beneficial to you. Some of these features are wireless syncing, iCloud integration, a new notification system and iMessage. As the iOS 5 firmware is a significant update we recommend that all of you update to the iOS 5 firmware.
Like always, however, if you are looking for a helping hand in upgrading to iOS 5 iJailbreak.com has your back. In this how to guide from you will learn how to update to the iOS 5 firmware. This includes preparing to restore your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, as well as the actual iOS 5 updating process.
Preparing to update to iOS 5
If you are planning on updating to the official iOS 5 firmware we recommend first backing up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad through iTunes. There are many ways you can go about backing up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
The first would be to simply to a hard backup – this is where you take a backup of your entire iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (through iTunes) and then restore it back to your iDevice once you have restored to the official iOS 5 firmware. YES, you will need to restore to iOS 5 rather than upgrading (because this avoids errors in the long run). A hard backup is not necessarily the best way to go about backing up your iDevice because it also restores Jailbroken content which will just sit on your iDevice and not be used.
The next method of backing up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is a soft backup – where you simply backup your contacts through iTunes and then your music through an application called Sharepod, and finally any images. This is the method I used, as you are not also returning Jailbroken content which will take up space once you transfer your content back to your iDevice after restoring to iOS 5. However, it is definitely more work, but worth it in the long run.
How To Backup Your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
Hard Backup: Simply plug your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into your computer, right click on your device and click the backup button.
To restore your content to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad when you have updated to the iOS 5 firmware, simply click the Restore from Backup button.
Soft Backup: Plug your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into your computer and go into the info tab. Next click Sync contacts and sync your contacts to your computer.
Once your contacts are synced to your computer you will need to follow this tutorial for backing up your music off your iDevice (of course if you have your music in your iTunes library you can ignore this step). The last thing you will need to do is obviously backup your photos which can be done manually by going into your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad’s filesystem. To actually restore your content back to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad when you are running the iOS 5 firmware, simply re-sync your contacts and transfer over your media through iTunes.
Upgrading To The iOS 5 Firmware
Step 1) – The first thing you will need to do is download the official iOS 5 firmware for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can download the official iOS 5 firmware for your iDevice using the iJailbreak Downloads Section or simply by clicking the direct links below:
- Download iPhone 3GS
- Download iPhone 4 GSM
- Download iPhone 4 CDMA
- Download iPad
- Download iPad 2 (iPad 2,2 & iPad 2,3)
- Download iPod Touch 3G
- Download iPod Touch 4G
- Download Apple TV 2G (iOS 4.4)
Step 2) – Once you download the iOS 5 firmware for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad you will need to connect your iDevice to your computer. When iTunes launches you will need to click on your iDevice from iTunes side navigation.
Step 3) – After clicking on your iDevice you will simply need to SHIFT click the Restore button (WINDOWS) or ALT click the Restore button (MAC OS X).
A new window will now appear where you will need to select the official iOS 5 firmware file you downloaded earlier. Select the firmware file now and your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad will begin being restored. DO NOT touch your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad during the restore process and DO NOT use your computer. After approximately 5 – 10 minutes your iDevice will reboot into a usable state. Congratulations you are now running the official iOS 5 firmware.
If you are receiving errors updating to the official iOS 5 firmware you can try these troubleshooting steps (Try them one at a time… not all at once):
Note: If you are receiving “An internal error occurred.” (3200 or 3004) this means Apple’s servers are to busy to deal with your restore request. Try again later.
- Switch USB ports (try USB ports at the back of your computer if applicable).
- Restart your computer or try an alternative computer.
- Put your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into DFU mode.
- Download TinyUmbrella (iJailbreak Downloads Section), launch it, go into the advanced tab, disable Set Hosts To Cydia, and start TSS server.
I hope this has helped people update to the iOS 5 firmware. I have tried to cover everything possible. If you still need help, however, please leave your questions in the comments section below…