Upgrading your iPhone to iOS 6

Apple released their latest free software upgrade iOS 6 yesterday which includes new features such as Apple’s new Maps app, better social networking integration and much more. Drew explains how to backup your phone and upgrade to iOS 6.

Apple updates are always a little dicey and have been known to result in the loss of information. This is why I will walk you through backing up your iPhone before upgrading to iOS6.

Backing up and upgrading your software

Plug your iPhone into your computer using the USB charger cord.
Open iTunes (if you don’t have iTunes, you can download it here)

iTunes will detect your iPhone is connected to the computer and appear under Devices half-way down the screen in the left hand menu. Click on the first option which will be the name of your phone.

The summary information of your phone will appear in the middle of the screen. We will start by syncing your phone to iTunes so that if something does go wrong in the upgrading process, none of your photos, apps, music or videos are lost.

The third option down is ‘Backup’. Under this section click in the circle next to ‘Back up to this computer’. Once this is selected, the word ‘Sync’ will appear at the bottom right hand side of your screen. Click ‘Sync’. You now have time to walk away and make a tea or coffee as this process can take several minutes.
Finally, right click on the name of your phone in the left hand menu and from the drop down menu, click ok ‘Backup’. You will notice that there is a restore from backup option if something does go wrong.

Now that you have backed up your phone, it is time to look for new updates by clicking on ‘Check for updates’ under ‘Version’ in the middle of your screen.

You will now see a popup prompting you to do one of three options. Select ‘Download and update’. You will also need to click ‘Next’ and ‘Agree on following pages.
This final part can take up to an hour to download and then install depending on your computer and internet connection.

Once installed, you will have to go through the normal setup process and agree to the terms and conditions. You should now be taken to your home screen and are now upgraded to iOS6. This is confirmed by Passbook now appearing on your home screen (far right row 4th app down).

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).