How to Update your iPhone and iPad to iOS 6

If you have an older iPhone (older than iPhone 5) or an iPad which run on older versions of iOS, you must feel… old. But it is actually quite easily to upgrade your device to iOS 6 and enjoy all its perks.

The Update

There are two ways to go about the update- one is to wirelessly do it over the air, but that takes longer and the other way is to connect it to iTunes. Before you begin you must backup your data, messages and contacts. Make sure it has over 80% of battery before you start the process so that it doesn’t shut doen half way through.

If you are updating to iOS 6 over the air then go to Settings, click on General and then Software Update and choose iOS 6. Click through the setup screens and wait for the device to restart.

Via iTunes, the process is much faster. Load iTunes and click Check for Updates to get the latest OS. After connecting you device, select it in the left panel and click Check for Update. Choose Download and Update and tap through setup screens and wait. Leave your device connected until it reboots and run through setup again.

Limited features

It is not possible to upgrade all iOS devices to iOS 6. The devices that can support the upgrade are iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation, iPad 2 and iPad 3rdgeneration.  On top of that, Siri is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3rdgeneration and iPod Touch 5th generation. Turn-by-turn navigation is available oniPhone4S, 5 and iPad 2 or higher with cellular data capability. Panorama is supported by iPhone 4S, 5 and iPod touch 5th generation.

There have also been some problems that have nagged a lot of users trying to get the update.

Wi-Fi issues

Connecting to Wi-Fi networks after updating to iOS 6 has become a menace for many disgruntled users. The root of the problem has now been located- it was actually caused by a Web page on Apple’s website that had gone down. But now it has been restored and the issue has been resolved. If you still have problems, toggling Wi-Fi on and off for a few times, restarting your phone might just do the trick.

Music missing

Some users have complained that despite the visible presence of Playlist, Albums and Artists in their music library, the device fails to play the music after the iOS 6 update. Music app can’t track the music, neither can Siri.You can address this problem at Apple Support Website, but for now there is no decided solution.

Despite the glitches, iOS 6 update is one worth having.

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