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Before we get into things, first make sure your iPhone or iPod touch is running the latest iOS Operating System software. In this course, we're going to be covering the iOS 5 Operating System. You can easily determine if your device is running the latest software by opening iTunes on your computer and plugging in your iPhone or iPod touch with the included USB cable, which I'll do right now. And as you can see, I get a message telling me that new software is available for my iPhone and I can choose to download only, which will just download the software and I can install it at a later time or I can choose Download and Update to do it all at once.
Now, I'm just going to click Cancel here so I can show you how to upgrade your software in case you didn't see this message. So here in iTunes, I'm going to select my iPhone. Here under Devices and under the Summary tab, I can see I'm currently running software version 4.3.3, and here under the Version section, I see a message telling me, A newer version of the iPhone software is available, Version 5.0. To update your iPhone with the latest software, click Update. So, I'll go ahead and click that. I get the message telling me that updating the iOS 5 will delete all of the apps and media including all of my purchases from the iTunes Store.
Now, I'm seeing this message telling me that updating to iOS 5.0 will delete all the apps and media from my phone and that's because I normally don't sync this phone with this computer. So if you want to preserve your content and data, it's best to upgrade your phone from the computer you normally sync it with, I'll go ahead and click Update. This just tells me a little bit about the new iOS 5 software update and its features. I have to agree to the terms and conditions, and now, I'll just let iTunes do its thing by downloading the latest software from Apple, and once the download is complete, I'll see the message that the software is installing.
Now while the update is occurring, don't disconnect your iPod or iPhone and don't touch its screen. You will see different messages and screens appear while the update is going on, but again, don't touch your device until the update is complete. Also, we're speeding this process up quite a bit here. In reality, it will take longer for all of this to occur. Now the software update has been installed and my iPhone is being restored from its backup. The iPhone is rebooting one more time, and once it comes back on, I can see it's now running Software Version 5.0 and I see the message down here telling me my iPhone software is up-to-date.
So when you update your device to iOS 5 for the first time, you'll have to go through a series of setup screens on the device itself. Here, I'll tap Continue. Now, we'll talk about each of these settings in more detail throughout this course but for now, I'm going to enable Location Services, and tap Next. Here I can choose any wireless networks I can join. If you have an Apple ID, you can sign-in with it.
In this case, we're just going to skip this step, and yes, we're sure we do want to skip right now. You'll have to read through and agree to the Terms and Conditions here. You can choose whether to opt-in to send Diagnostic data to Apple, and then you can tap Start Using iPhone. Now, once you've updated your device to at least iOS 5, you'll actually be able to check for and install updates directly from the device from that point on without having to connect it to a computer first.
To do this, find Settings and go into General and choose Software Update. Your device will connect to the Internet and see if any updates are available. In this case they aren't, but if an update is found, you'll be able to download and install it from here.
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