The latest software update available for the iPhone 4 is iOS 5. The steps that will help you start using the new features that this iOS version makes available aren’t difficult to complete at all, so you shouldn’t think twice about taking advantage of the goodies that Apple has decided to deliver through this software update. If you can’t afford to switch to an iPhone 4S that doesn’t mean you can’t experience at least the capabilities of its new OS.
The first thing that you will need to do in order to update the software of your iPhone 4 is turn on your computer and make sure that the latest version of iTunes is available. You should then create a backup of your iPhone 4’s content because you can never know what can happen during the updating process. With a backup at your disposal, you will be sure that the chances of losing important data are zero. To create the backup, you simply need to connect the iPhone 4 to your computer via USB, launch iTunes and then click the Sync button. Your actions will automatically update the iTunes backup available. You can also choose to locate the iTunes Source List and select the Back Up option from the drop-down menu available.
You can now update your iPhone 4 without having to worry about data loss. Usually, the news that a software update is available is automatically displayed by iTunes and all you have to do in order to launch the update process is click once. However, if the news is not automatically displayed you shouldn’t give up. You simply need to force iTunes to check for the update of your interest. To do that you need to click the Check For Update button that you can find in the Summary pane. The moment you are able to initiate the software update process, you will notice that iOS 5 starts downloading on your computer. After the file download is completed, your device will restart and will start installing the update. As the process advances, you will be given the chance to restore the device or first do a fresh install of iOS 5 and only then use the backup to get back the content of interest and your previous settings.
After iTunes lets you know that iOS 5 has been successfully installed on your iPhone 4, you will be able to make the necessary settings directly on your smartphone and stop using the computer as intermediary. You will have to first of all choose the language and then complete the setup process that launches. It will take time to discover all possibilities but it will be a fun journey.
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