How To Update your iPhone Over-The-Air

With version 5 of iOS, Apple has enabled the ability to update the operating system of the phone without having to connect the device to a PC (or Mac). This means you can now upgrade your device any time there’s an update without waiting until you get back to your computer.

Apple has released v5.01 of iOS that addresses the battery problems that many have been reporting, along with improved voice recognition for Australian users, multitasking gestures for the iPad, and some bugs. The overall update was 45MB and the process was pretty smooth. My device was connected over WiFi and pulled the update in about 2 minutes. A quick install and reboot and it was all over.


The first thing you need to do, is have iOS 5 installed on your device. Version 5 adds support for Over-The-Air updates. If you don’t have iOS5, you’ll have to download and update using iTunes on your computer.

To kick off the update, simply launch Settings, and tap on General / Software Update. The phone will automatically check for any updates and walk you through the process of downloading and installing. As with any software update, you should make sure your device has been backed up – iCloud backup is great for this, and has a full charge on the battery, or at least plug it in. That’s all you have to do. Happy updating!

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • Suresh Babu

    Updates received via air is a nice feature. Sometimes it so happens you just don’t have the time to spare to install the updates. ios5 was expected perfection and I think it is on the way right now. Glad you gave the news!